Coach Yelton gets her 100th win as Argos defeat Delta State

By Chris Cody
Sports writer

It was a great day for the University of West Florida women’s basketball team as the Argos defeated Delta State 54-50 to improve to 10-4 and give Coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton her 100th win at UWF.

“I think the special thing is to get that win here at UWF,” Yelton said. “What this program has meant to me and what this university has meant to me is indescribable.”

The Argos only had six wins in the 2012-13 season, Yelton’s first year as head coach of the UWF women’s basketball team. Last year the Argos went 28-7 and went all the way to the elite eight of the Division II tournament.

Both sides struggled to score early as the Argos went into halftime with a 26-21 lead. Delta State was shooting just 28 percent from the field and the Argos were shooting 39 percent for the first half.

The Argo defense gave Delta State problems in the third quarter, holding the visiting team to 6 points. This led to UWF having a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Delta State was able to fix their offensive woes in the fourth quarter as they scored 23 points which were more than what they what had in the entire first half. Delta State went on a run and cut the lead from 13 points to 3 with just 4 seconds left in the game.

Sophomore guard Imani Mulmore converts a free throw for the Argos. (Photo by Chris Cody)

Senior guard Jade Davis knocked down the game-clinching free throw to give her team the 4-point victory. With this win, the Argos improved their GSC record to 5-2. They currently sit in fifth place in the conference.

“You are always going to get a great effort from Delta State and you are always going to have a challenge against them,” Yelton said.

Junior forward Halee Nieman led the Argos with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Nieman did most of her damage from the free throw line as 13 of her 15 points came from the charity stripe. Nieman set a school record earlier in the year against the University of Montevallo scoring 42 points in an Argos win.

One of the advantages for UWF is that they were able to get to the free throw line 31 times and Delta State only went to the line 10 times. Junior guard Belle Bistrow talked about the team’s mentality when it came to getting to the free throw line.

“Offensively I was struggling from the outside so I kept trying to penetrate so we were getting some fouls and getting to the free throw line,” Bistrow said.

The Argos next game will be on the road against Union who is currently undefeated in conference play having only lost one game all season.

UWF’s next home game will be against West Georgia on Jan. 18 at the UWF field house. That game will start at 5:30 p.m.