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Clock runs out on UWF Women’s basketball season

By Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

 UWF women’s basketball team was eliminated from the GSC Tournament after a close game with the Lee Lady Flames. Photo by Kenny Detwyler.

UWF women’s basketball team was eliminated from the GSC Tournament after a close game with the Lee Lady Flames.
Photo by Kenny Detwyler.

The University of West Florida women’s basketball faced off against Lee University’s Flames in an intense Gulf South Conference tournament match-up Tuesday night at the Field House.

Ultimately, the Lady Argos fell to Lee by one point, with a final score of 63-62, thus ending the Lady Argos’ season.

The battle for victory was one that was hard-fought by both teams, with neither team taking more than six-point lead at any point in the second half.

The Lady Argos’ scoring drive was led by sophomores Toni Brewer and Courtney Meyer, who put up 12 and 11 points, respectively. Junior Katie Bobos put up 10 points. UWF led in rebounds, 47-32; but was edged out in field goal percentage 40.3-37.3.

Lee’s victory was no blow-out by any means, and was heavily contested up until the end. In the final minute of play, the Lady Argos, down by four points, scored a three-point field goal. There was a foul on UWF; then, to UWF’s satisfaction, Lee went on to miss both free throw attempts in the final seconds of the game.

That stroke of luck made a Lady Argo victory seem a lot more feasible. Junior Alex Coyne took possession when the game resumed; however, her distance from the goal and pressure from the clock turned what could have been a game-winning shot into a season-ending miss.

“They started to make good shots, and we couldn’t score on the other end, then we lost our momentum,” Brewer said.

This game marked the Lady Argos 14th appearance in the GSC tournament and the fourth straight appearance under head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton.

“We didn’t play a perfect game, but we played pretty close to one,” Yelton said. “We played well defensively. Lee has a very strong offense with a lot of scoring threats, and I thought we did a good job of shutting them down. I looked at this game as a win, even though it didn’t show up that way on the scoreboard.”

Although this loss closes the books on a 17-10 season, the Lady Argos are excited about what lies for them next season.

“I’m very excited, if you think you saw something tonight, just wait for the future,” Brewer said. “I feel like we’re going to do even better things.”

“I’m looking forward to getting this young team in the gym,” Yelton said. “They have to have some tenacity to improve themselves individually, and if they don’t, then we’re going to be sitting here next year saying the same thing.”

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The Lady Argos hold off Lee to win in double overtime

By Grier Wellborn

Sports Editor

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Sophomore forward Courtney Meyer shoots free throws in double overtime win against Lee University.
Photo by Grier Wellborn.

What looked to be a dominating win for the University of West Florida women’s basketball team turned into a fight for possession up until the last three seconds of the double overtime brawl between the Lady Argonauts and the Lee University Flames.

Thursday’s game against the Flames followed UWF’s Annual Blizzard Bash, sparking attendance to more than 600 fans.

All five starters for the Lady Argos scored in the double digits, and four of the five starters scored double-doubles in their highest scoring game of the season.

Sophomore forward Courtney Meyer scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds in Thursday night’s game against Lee.

“It was really exciting,” Meyer said. “Coach has been emphasizing that we have to have several offensive threats step up every game because the more scorers, the harder it is to guard us. We know that’s [four of five players scoring double-doubles] really rare, so it was exciting, but we really just get hyped off of our teammates’ success.”

Three of the starters, including junior forward Katie Bobos, junior guard Alex Coyne and sophomore forward Toni Brewer, are all ranked in the top 20 in the Gulf South Conference for scoring. Coyne also scored a career high in steals and assists with eight steals and 12 assists.

Despite a record-setting game for the Lady Argos, Lee was not going down without a fight.

The first two quarters of the game were dominated by the Lady Argos. UWF possessed the ball first and was the first on the scoreboard. The first quarter ended with a Lady Argos lead of 10 points, while at halftime, the Lady Argos were winning by a 13-point margin.

The Lady Argos steady double-digit lead was challenged in the second half when the Flames made a striking comeback. The Flames would not go down easy, and they gradually extended their score in the second half. With eight minutes left in the game, the Lady Argos led by only one point.

“Lee fought back hard and in the second half,” Bobos said. “We had a hard time making the easy shots. Lee started to adjust offensively to our defensive game plan and we had to play personnel correctly. Both teams hustled and played hard. I’m happy we came out on top. That was a big win for our team.”

Bobos, one of the starting five players scored 19 points, and had 12 rebounds in her double-double game against the Flames.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied 69-69 and the teams were forced into overtime. Throughout the five minutes of overtime, both teams had alternated leads, and another five minutes was added to the clock for a second overtime with a score of 76-76.

With 23 seconds left in double overtime and a five-point lead by the Lady Argos, Lee continued to foul the Lady Argos in a desperate attempt for ball possession. UWF secured the win with fouls shots by Coyne that drove the Lady Argos to a four-point edge on Lee. UWF ultimately won the game with a score of 89-85.

“Games in the GSC, we say it every game, they are challenging and they go down to the wire. You’re going to see some really good women’s basketball in our conference,” Head Coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said. “Tonight was one of those cases of things going our way; we hit free throws when we needed to, we got big rebounds, held on to possessions when we needed to and we were able to come out with a win.”

Yelton is in her fourth season as the head coach of UWF’s women’s basketball team and has since led the Lady Argos to their first GSC Championship in the 2013-2014 season.

The UWF women’s basketball team is now tied with Lee for third place in the GSC. The Lady Argos last met with Lee in December when they lost 82-85 to the Flames.

The Lady Argos will return to their home court on Thursday, February 11 to face off against Christian Brothers at 5:30 p.m. in the UWF Field House.

UWF Women’s Basketball clinches first conference victory

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Alabama 70-57 on Saturday afternoon in a Gulf South Conference match-up.

The victory marked the Lady Argos’ first win in the GSC. “We’ve been waiting on this one to come. We hope we can add many more this season,” said Head Coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton. The victory improved the team’s record to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the GSC.

“It feels great, we’ve worked really hard,” junior Katie Bobos said. “After losing to UAH, we feel so much better. We played as a team today. We had a lot of energy exchanges, like touching each other and clapping. That’s what we strive for.”

Bobos, along with players Toni Brewer and Courtney Meyer led the Argos’ scoring drive. Bobos led with 20 points on the board. Meyer followed with 16 points, and Brewer put up 15 points.

Meyers also managed to tie a UWF record for blocks in a single game, with nine total. The record was set back in 2005.

As a team, the Lady Argos managed to lead each quarter, and held a strong lead for most of the game. Their strong defense and incredible teamwork attributed to this hard-fought victory.

“I thought we came out with tremendous effort in the first half, and that’s something we hadn’t done in a few games,” Yelton said. “We’re doing some great things, but we’re not doing them every possession.”

The Lady Argos will be on the road for their next two games.  They will meet Lee University on Dec. 12, and Shorter University on Dec. 14.

“It’s early in the season, and we still have a lot of learning and growing to do,” Yelton said. “I’m hoping we’ll get even better as the season progresses.”

For detailed game statistics and a complete team schedule, visit GoArgos.com.

UWF athletics weekly roundup

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

An Argonaut placed in the top third of the NCAA Division II cross-country national championships, the women’s soccer team’s 2015 season ended on a high note, and the volleyball team’s post-season mission commenced at home.

Cross Country

Early in the fall, University of West Florida cross-country Head Coach Caleb Carmichael declared his short and long-term goals.

“I want to build the team back up to prominence,” Carmichael said. “I want to go to the nationals every year.”

Thanks to junior runner Tim Wenger, Carmichael can say the team made tangible progress in realizing their ambitions. Wenger finished 81st out of 246 runners in the Division II national championships, which were held in Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to a UWF Athletic Communication’s press release.

Wenger’s time of 31:10.7 was his career-best, according to UWF Athletic Communications.

Women’s soccer

Not all losses warrant regret.

The UWF women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to host and national No. 4 Barry University on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Lady Argos defense, which has been strong all year, held Barry to nine total shots and only two official shots-on-goal.

UWF’s allowed only .703 goals per game this season.  Measured in those terms, the Lady Argos defense finished the season ranked No. 30 in the nation. The Lady Argos finished the season as the stingiest team in the Gulf South Conference.

The Lady Argos graduate only two players in Julianne Gaubron and Amber Pennybaker. Pennybaker capped her UWF career with 19 goals this season, which was good for 8th-best in the GSC.

The Lady Argos will return the conference’s No. 2 and No. 5 scorers in sophomore Daryl Bell and junior Kaley Ward.

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team entered the GSC tournament, which they host, with momentum.

The Lady Argos defeated Shorter University 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) in the GSC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the UWF Field House.  The win extended their winning streak to nine games as they readied for Sunday’s GSC final against the University of North Alabama. UWF is currently 28-5.

Earlier in the week UWF sophomore Emily Cosgrove was named GSC Defensive Player of the Week, according to a GSC press release. Cosgrove is the third Argonaut to be awarded that honor this season. She joined juniors Tori Martella and Kathryn Torre as 2015 recipients of the award. Martella has been recognized twice.

In other news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ make their home debuts this upcoming week. The men’s lone game is against Spring Hill College on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the UWF Field House. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. The women have two games. They open on the road against Spring Hill, on Tuesday, and meet Young Harris College at 12 p.m. in the Field House, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

UWF athletics weekly roundup

cross country

UWF’s Tim Wenger (right) leads the charge in a recent race. The junior from Inverness, Florida has qualified for the NCAA Division II national championship. It is the first time an Argonaut runner has qualified for the race since 2006.
Photo courtesy of UWF Athletic Communications.

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

The University of West Florida women’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season in convincingly, the men’s cross country team took a step forward, and women’s soccer clamped down in the NCAA Division II South Region tournament.

Men’s basketball

Four points were the difference between the UWF men’s basketball team opening the season with two wins versus two losses.

The Argonauts lost on Friday to Benedict College, 72-69, as part of a conference challenge tournament involving the Gulf South Conference and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which was hosted by Valdosta State University. Junior guard Mario Stramaglia led the Argos with 23 points. The Birmingham, Alabama, native was 4-for-5 in three-point attempts.

The Argos almost recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, on the road against Fort Valley State University.  The 82-81 overtime loss was highlighted by a monster game from UWF’s Austin Somerfield. The junior forward from Greenville, Michigan, led the team with 35 points and 18 rebounds, while logging 45 minutes.

The men’s next game, and home-opener, is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 against Spring Hill College at the UWF Field House.

Women’s basketball

The women’s team opened the season 0-2, as well. The Lady Argos traveled to host University of Tampa to participate in the season-opening Spartan Challenge Tournament where they lost 77-52 and 72-65 to the No. 20 UT and Rollins College, respectively.

Belle Bistrow posted UWF’s single-game high for the tournament. The freshman guard from Jacksonville scored 15 points in the loss to RC.

The Lady Argos’ next game is away against Spring Hill College on Nov. 24. UWF’s 2015 Field House debut will be at noon on Nov. 28 when they meet Young Harris College.

Men’s cross country

UWF junior runner Tim Wenger has qualified for the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championships, according to a UWF Athletic Communications press release.

By virtue of Wenger’s fifth-place finish at the South Regional Championships, he became the first Argo to qualify for the national race since 2006, according to UWF Athletic Communications.

Women’s soccer

Daryl Bell scored the lone goal of UWF’s first-round 1-0 victory at the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament, which was hosted by Barry University, in Miami. The goal was all the Lady Argos defense needed as it held Nova Southeastern University to one second-half shot on goal, and only six for the game.

UWF’s Alissa Festagallo, a junior from Fort Pierce, assisted Bell.

UWF meets host BU on Sunday for the region’s championship. If victorious, it will advance to the NCAA Division II Super Regional Tournament, which will be hosted by the highest-seeded participant.

For more UWF athletics information visit goargos.com.