FORT VALLEY, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves women’s basketball team was handed their first loss of the season on Tuesday night as the Wolves fell 76-68 to the Fort Valley Wildcats.
How It Happened
- West Georgia scored the first six points of the opening quarter, and led the game 15-14 at the end of the period.
- In the second quarter, Fort Valley nearly doubled up UWG, outscoring the Wolves 23-12. The Wolves went scoreless over the final 1:42 of the half, and trailed by 10 at the break, 37-27.
- Fort Valley opened the third quarter with back-to-back baskets, extending the lead to 41-27. The Wildcats led by as much as 18 in the quarter, but held a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
- By the final media timeout of the contest, the Wolves had cut the deficit to single digits, and with less than a minute to go a Kylah Mize three-pointer cut it to a four-point, 72-68 Fort Valley lead.
- The Wolves had two turnovers in the final minute of the game, and the Wildcats converted their free throws when UWG was forced to foul, sealing the victory.
- Sophomore guard Taylor Brown led the team in scoring with a career-high 17 points. The Carrollton native was 6-of-11 from the field and also had seven rebounds and three assists in the loss.
- Zaria Bankston, another sophomore guard, also had a career-high on the night, pouring in 16 on 5-of-10 shooting including two three-pointers.
Inside the Numbers
- The West Georgia defense wreaked havoc on Fort Valley, forcing 32 turnovers, but could not overcome 19 turnovers of their own.
- Fort Valley had 63 rebounds in the contest, including 21 offensive boards. The 63 rebounds is the most by a UWG opponent since West Alabama had 64 against the Wolves in 2018.
The Records and Up Next
Both teams are now 2-1 on the year, and for the Wolves, Fort Valley will be their next opponent. The Wildcats will play two games over the weekend before visiting The Coliseum on November 19 in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.