A rough night Thursday for the University of West Florida basketball teams in a pair of defeats.
The Argos women struggled to find a rhythm, falling to West Georgia, 67-60, at The Coliseum in Carrollton, Ga.
The loss drops West Florida (15-9, 13-7 Gulf South) into fifth place in the league standings. The Argos are now a game back of third and two out of second with two games remaining in the regular season. The top four teams will host a GSC Championship first round game.
UWF shot 44 percent and made eight 3-pointers but committed 15 turnovers that West Georgia converted into 24 points.
Freshman Katie O’Neal had a career game with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from outside. Sophomore Toni Brewer added 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Courtney Meyer recorded her sixth double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
UWG (7-19, 7-13) shot 43 percent and was 10-of-16 from outside, including 4-of-6 in the second half. The Wolves also connected on 11-of-14 at the free throw line, compared to the Argos’ 6-of-13 effort.
After a back-and-forth opening quarter, UWG went on a 12-0 run I the second to claim a 36-20 lead. The Argos climbed to within seven midway through the third and five with just over two minutes to play in the game but just couldn’t get over the hump.
UWF will return to action on Saturday afternoon with a road game at West Alabama (9-15, 6-14). Tip off at Pruitt Hall in Livingston, Ala., is set for 2 p.m.
UWF men’s streak ends
Two players had double-doubles as West Georgia men knocked off UWF 78-73 in The Coliseum, moving the Wolves to 17-8 overall and 14-6 in Gulf South Conference play.
The loss ended a three-game win streak for UWF (6-17, 5-15 in GSC).
The Wolves scored three points at the free throw line on a flagrant foul and technical foul by the Argonauts, extending the lead to 36-31 UWG at halftime.
The Argonauts pulled to within one, but a basket from Steph Branch made it a 68-65 lead at the final media timeout.
Jovany Austin once again was a presence for the Wolves as he made another basket and added a rebound for a double-double. A three point basket from West Florida made it a 76-71 game with 25 seconds to play in the contest. Iakeem Alston hit two big free throws down the stretch and the Wolves held on to a 78-73 win.
Austin and Branch finished with double-doubles as Austin had 19 points and 11 rebounds while Branch had 15 points and 12 boards. Two other Wolves scored in double figures as Iakeem Alston had 17 and senior Zach Taulien had 11.
UWF swimming maintains lead
The UWF women’s swimming and diving team collected four top-3 finishes and saw its depth come through in a number of races to maintain its lead after the second day of competition in the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championships at the DSU Aquatics Center Thursday.
UWF continues to lead the 9-team field with 855 points. Delta State cut into the Wednesday’s 100-point lead slightly and is in second place with 771 points, followed by St. Cloud State at 630, Minnesota State, Mankato with 595 and Minnesota State, Morehead with 418.
“We had some girls step up and do a wonderful job,” UWF head coach Andrew Hancock said. “We had some disappointing swims in the morning, but they are being resilient and not taking swims with them from swim to swim. They just keep getting it done and that’s a sign of a mature team.”
Sophomore Madeline Pitt opened the individual races with a bronze in the 400 Individual Medley. She collected her second medal of the championships with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:25.49.
Sophomore Amelia Strom posted a strong morning swim to get into the championship finals of the 400, where she was eight in the field.
Senior Paulina Szydlo (9th)and junior Allison Lehr (16th) also scored for the Argonauts in the consolation final.