Wolves devour women’s team
Despite a hardy effort on Senior Night, the University of West Florida’s women’s basketball team faltered, and lost to the University of West Georgia during their final home game of the season.
The Argos trailed by very little during the first half of the game last Saturday, only outscored 38-34. However, the Wolves extended their lead in the second half with double-digit margins, winning the game 71-59.
Seniors Emily Erland and Hannah Vette were recognized for their contributions to the team.
“It’s just an honor to get to play on this court,” Erland said in a news release. “I’ve been here four years now, so it’s definitely bittersweet. I going to miss it a lot.”
Vette scored a team-best 16 points against the Wolves while Erland scored three points and six rebounds. Erland leads UWF in rebounds.
Before the game, guard Kelsey Brown said that playing well defensively while maintaining a quick offense would be important against their Gulf South Conference rivals.
“We really need to run and make our layups offensively and make sure that we grab the rebound strong,” Brown said.
“Defensively, we need to make sure to protect. Get out on their three-point shooters and follow and get the rebound.”
UWF made a total of 37 rebounds, 28 of them defensively. The Argos contained the Wolves to making 36.8 percent of their 3-point shots, only slightly more than UWF’s 33.3 percent of 3-point shots completed.
The women’s basketball team’s next game will be against Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Men’s team whips the Wolves
The University of West Florida’s men’s basketball team closed out Senior Night and their final home game of the season with a thrilling victory over the University of West Georgia.
The Argonauts topped the Wolves 87-79 last Saturday in a Gulf South Conference contest that saw intense speed and man-to-man action throughout the game. Peter Connole, team forward and one of two UWF seniors recognized Saturday, said that he expected the game to be physical and intense.
“They like to get in our face and play man-to-man,” Connole said. “So, hopefully that will bring us out, let us have one-on-one time.”
Connole went on to score nine points total and six assists for the Argos while fellow senior forward Terrance Beasley scored 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Argos kept ahead of their opponents the entire game, leading the Wolves 41-29 at halftime. After leading 72-55 during the second half, the Argos battled to hold on to a more-than 10-point lead over West Georgia for the rest of the game.
Junior forward Ellis Young III had the breakout performance of the night. He scored 41 points against the Wolves, breaking the record for most points scored in a single game for UWF. The previous record holder was Jerry Fogle, who scored 39 points for the Argos in one game in 1996.
“It’s kind of hard to explain; I just wanted to get the win for my teammates,” Young said in a news release regarding the victory. “I told (my teammates) before the game that we had to get it done today for our two seniors. That’s what we did tonight.”
Young said that the keys to victory would be to play together as a team and communicate on defense.
The men’s basketball team’s next game will be against Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.