UWA women win third straight

Published 10:24 am Friday, January 11, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama women’s basketball team overcame a 31 percent shooting performance to notch its third straight win, 74-64, over West Florida Thursday night at Pruitt Hall.

UWA improved to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the Gulf South Conference with the victory. West Florida lost for the third consecutive time and dropped to 3-10 overall, 0-5 in conference play.

“There is an old adage in basketball that says you play like you practice and we haven’t practiced well this week,” UWA head coach Craig Roden said. “We didn’t shoot it well, but we did a good job of keeping them off the offensive boards.”

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The Tigers outrebounded West Florida 50-47, but held a 19-9 advantage on the offensive glass. UWA converted just 23-of-74 field goal attempts and was 2-of-16 from behind the three-point line. UWF was 22-of-61 (36%) from the field.

“They do a lot of good things and when they cut into our lead they were beating us down the floor,” Roden said. “We worked hard on eliminating easy baskets and when we got refocused on defense we got in better shape.”

Brittany Weathers scored 20 points to lead four UWA players in double figures. Jamie Gunter added 15 points, Nikkia Jordan 13 and Tamya Thompson 11. Jordan collected 11 rebounds to record her first double-double of the year.

Toynetta Johnson scored 15 points lead Lady Argo scorers. Hanna Vette had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double. Emily Erland chipped in 11 points.

UWA closes out a three-game GSC homestand by hosting Valdosta State Saturday. West Florida travels to West Georgia Saturday.