TAMPA, Fla. - For the first time in five years, the UWG women's basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after Saturday's 69-67 win over Tampa on the road to close out the season's opening weekend.
Three Wolves scored in double-figures as West Georgia dropped Tampa to 1-1 on the year. Ashley Lee followed up last night's double-double with a team-high 14 points and also led in rebounds with five. Senior Edley Drawhorn added 13 while junior Kylah Mize scored a career-high 11 in the win.
West Georgia's perimeter offense was key as the Wolves made 10 three-pointers to just four from Tampa.
The first five minutes of the contest saw Tampa run out a 13-1 lead on the Wolves as the Spartans shot 67 percent from the field in that span. On the opposite side, the Wolves opened the game with a 1-for-10 run. But out of the first media timeout, the Wolves scored six consecutive points, cutting the Tampa advantage to 13-7 with 3:12 left in the first quarter. The Wolves continued the run over the final three minutes of the period, closing out the first quarter with an 11-0 run to cut the Tampa lead to 13-12 heading to the 2nd quarter.
The second quarter started in a similar fashion to the first, as the Spartans jumped out on a 12-3 run, taking a 26-15 lead until the Wolves were able to recover. Four consecutive points later and the Wolves cut the lead to 26-19 with just under four minutes to play in the half. Over the final four minutes of the period, West Georgia scored six consecutive points, sending the game to the locker rooms at the half tied at 28-28.
In the third quarter, things began to go the way of the Wolf, as West Georgia came out with a 15-10 run in the first six minutes. Ashley Lee buried a three-pointer with 4:11 left in the game to give the Wolves a 43-38 lead and force a timeout from Tampa. As the game went to the fourth quarter, West Georgia held a 51-47 advantage.
Tampa came out in the fourth quarter and built a quick three-point lead. That advantage stayed there until the 3:56 mark when Kylah Mize buried a three-pointer to tie the contest at 62-62. Just over a minute later, Lee picked up a three-point play to give the Wolves took a 65-64 lead with just under three minutes to play.
The Spartans would tie it up, 67-67, setting the stage for Siera Carter's jumper in the paint with 1:16 remaining to put West Georgia up 69-67, which would hold as UWG forced a turnover late to come away with the season's second win.
Along with three in double-figures, junior Jayda Dooley just missed joining the trio with nine points.