UWF men’s basketball team seals winning season, women’s team survives CBU

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team, ranked No. 17 in Division II, defeated Christian Brothers University on Thursday 54-45, before the UWF men’s basketball team also won their game against CBU 73-68 at the UWF Field House.

Argos junior forward Toni Brewer put the first four points on the board until the Lady Bucs made two 3-point field goals and ended up in the lead by one in the first period.

In the second period, UWF went on a 10-0 run, which led them to take the lead 25-22 at the half.

Head Coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said the team had a lot of trouble scoring on offense.

Junior guard Shami Goodman shoots a 3-pointer in the second half to help secure the Argos lead. Photo by Brooke Weber.

“We got some good looks, but just did not finish,” Yelton said. “We didn’t finish from the basket, didn’t finish wide open shots, so it made it tough on ourselves.”

The Lady Argos missed all nine shots from outside and made 3-of-9 at the free throw line, but UWF’s defense held the Lady Bucs to shoot only 26 percent.

“Luckily, our defense kept us in the game,” Yelton said. “When you’re holding a team to 45 points, hopefully you’re going to come out with that win, and I keep saying I don’t know how we’re going to keep scoring 53 points and continue to beat people.”

After a close third period, CBU took the lead again 37-36.

Early in the fourth period, Argos junior guard Shami Goodman made a 3-pointer to tie the game 39-39, and senior guard Alex Coyne made another shot that put UWF in the lead 41-39.

In the fourth period, with 7:17 left in the game, a Lady Buc went down with a bloody nose, which triggered a lot of emotions for the remainder of the game.

Yelton said her team’s intensity increased, as did that of the Bucs.

“The last five to six minutes of the fourth [quarter] were huge,” Yelton said. “They were trying to get the ball to their best players, and we were doing our best job trying to make those shots as tough as possible.”

Yelton said the team had some veteran players on the floor, and that they’ve had to be resilient in close games before, and they were able to keep their cool and continue to run a motion offense.

Goodman shot a career high 20 points, was 8-of-14 and made the only two 3-pointers for UWF.

Goodman said offensively the team’s goal was to keep attacking the basket.

“Defensively our goal was to keep them off the 3-point line and off the board, so that was the key to winning the game,” Goodman said.

UWF is now 19-4 in the season and 14-3 in Gulf South Conference play.

Senior forward Deangelo LeGrier tips off the basketball for the Argos to take action first. Photo by Brooke Weber.

After the women’s game, the UWF’s men’s basketball team tipped off with CBU and secured its 10th conference win of the season, which is the team’s 15th overall win – meaning the  Argos will have their first winning season since 2011-12.

Last time the Argos played the Bucs in Memphis, Tennessee, and lost 86-74.

“We have been looking forward to this game since the last one ended,” senior forward Deangelo Legrier said. “We have had a bitter taste in our mouth, and we knew we could play a lot better.”

The Argos led at the half 37-31 and had a 50 percent shot rate.

Junior forward Daryl Tucker scored a game-high 17 points, LeGrier shot 16 points and junior guard Marvin Jones shot 14 points.

“They’re a good team,” Head Coach Jeff Burkhamer said. “They are really hard to guard, they move the ball well and they have great shooters that they spot up and find.”

Burkhamer said he thought the team battled very hard for 40 minutes, and the defensive effort was good.

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