UWF stuns West Georgia in a comeback overtime win

By Chris Cody
Staff writer

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team had a shocking come-from-behind victory in overtime over the University of West Georgia to improve their record to 11-6 on the year.

UWF struggled defensively in the first1st half giving up 41 points but that changed in the second half as West Georgia only scored 27 points in the second and overtime combined.

“We tried to run our zone [in the first half] to protect our inside players from foul trouble but we let them lose a little bit, but in the second half we were able to go back to our man to man which made a huge difference,” Coach Stephanie Yelton said on her team’s defensive performance.

The first quarter started well for the Argos as they were up 20-19 as senior forward Chloe Branch led the team coming off the bench with 8 points in the quarter. Branch finished the game with a double-double leading the team with 20 points while also having 10 rebounds.

Shami Goodman shoots a 3 late in the game. (Photo by Morgan Givens)

 

The second quarter was a different story as West Georgia outscored the Argos by 9 points taking a 41-33 lead going into halftime.

West Georgia’s leading scorer was junior forward Jessica Brown who led the team with 22 points while no one else on her team had more than 10.

UWF had a much better third quarter as they cut the lead from 8 points to 2 as they headed into the fourth 4th quarter.

The fourth quarter was back and forth with either team looking like they could win it. However, with just a little over two seconds to go, the Argos were down by 3 with West Georgia inbounding the ball from half court the game looked like it was over.

The hero for UWF was Halee Nieman who stole the inbound pass from West Georgia and banked in a three to send the game into overtime. The refs called a foul on West Georgia on the shot which would have given Nieman an opportunity to shoot a free throw to end the game, but the refs later changed the call and the game we went into overtime.

“We were going for fouls and she held the ball out so I just took it, and after that, I just threw the ball up there and saw it go in,” Nieman said on hitting the game-tying shot.

In overtime, the Argos took the lead after Goodman hit a three to give UWF a 3 point lead with about a minute left in the game. It was a 1-point Argo lead with 25 seconds left, but West Georgia was unable to hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer which secured a UWF victory.

Halee Nieman celebrates after hitting the game tying shot. (Photo by Morgan Givens)

The Argos were helped out by West Georgia as they converted 2 out of 5 free throws in overtime.

Senior forward Courtney Meyer dominated, leading 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Senior guard Shami Goodman scored 18 points, all of them coming from behind the three point line as she led the team with 6 three-pointers made.

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