West Georgia was the first team to hit in this contest, coming out very focused and intense, applying full-court pressure after made baskets and dead-ball situations. Their full-court pressure was able to throw the Lady Tigers off rhythm, forcing them into 7 1st quarter turnovers. UWG also started hot from the field, led by Ashley Lee who went 3-3 from downtown in the 1st quarter. The Lady Wolves won the 1st quarter 23-10.
In the 2nd frame UWA was able to finally adjust to the intensity and force that the Wolves brought from the tip. They were able to make a few more shots and actually won the quarter by 3, but still trailed going into halftime 34-24. Kylah Mize and Ashley Lee shot the ball extremely well in the 1st half, combining to shoot 6-9 from 3 point land.
Siera Carter came into the 3rd quarter on a mission, racking up 10 points and 5 rebounds in this quarter alone, and was seemingly everywhere on the court. The Lady Wolves took back control and pretty much dominated the majority of the 2nd half, winning by the final score of 74-52.
UWG won with a well-balanced scoring effort, with 4 players scoring in double figures. Ashley Lee (14), Kylah Mize (13), Edley Drawhorn (13), and Siera Carter who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
As for West Alabama, they had 3 players that were valiant in their efforts. The scoring for the Lady Tigers was very top heavy with 2 players (Tazsa Garrett-Hammett and Zoe Watts) combining for 42 of the team’s 52 points. Tazsa Garrett-Hammett did a little of everything for UWA, finishing with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and going an impressive 8-9 from the field. Zoe Watts was instrumental in the post and in particular rolling to the basket, she finished with 20 points herself. Bria Dent also was impactful on the boards pulling down a whopping 18 rebounds.