Lady Argos top Alabama Huntsville
After leading at the half, the University of West Florida women’s basketball team fell to the Alabama at Huntsville Chargers 77-71 in overtime on Saturday, Jan. 24.
It was only the fourth loss of the season for the Argos, whose overall record is now 13-4, while the UAH Chargers improved to 9-10.
“We just kind of got outside of ourselves when the going got tough,” head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said. “Our game is about penetration and opening up in the transition and feeding the post, and we just got away from that.”
The teams seemed equally matched in the first half of the game, with the Chargers striking first. Neither the Argos nor the Chargers led by more than three points for the first eight minutes and twenty seconds of the game, according to goargos.com. The Argos ended the half with a four-point lead, 30-26.
The Lady Argos dominated the opening to the second half, extending their lead by 14 points. The Chargers had a late resurgence in the last three minutes of the second half and tied the score 59-59 at the end of regulation, which forced the game into overtime.
The Chargers played more offensively to break away from the Argos in the first few minutes of overtime and solidified the come-back win.
“We didn’t do well with keeping them off the three point line,” Yelton said. “Our biggest goal tonight was not to let them loose on that three point line and of course they shot seven on us. We didn’t accomplish that goal.”
Yelton said some of the improvements she hopes to work on before next game include working on poise under pressure, handling pressure when faced with being double or triple teamed, and finishing.
“We still need to be able to score even though people are really pressuring and double teaming us,” she said. “So just kinda putting all those elements together so we can put points on the board” she said.
Despite losing the game, Yelton pointed out positive aspects to reflect on.
“I think our defense is still pretty good,” she said. “We out-rebounded them. We had 20 offensive rebounds, so we did some good things.”
The Argos also finished with a 0.839 free throw percentage compared to the Charger’s 0.750 percent, as written on goargos.com.
“Well obviously Toni Brewer comin’ in with 23 points and 19 rebounds is huge as a freshman still,” Yelton said. “We had four players that scored double figures.”
In her office the day before the game, Yelton—who won a college basketball championship at the University of North Carolina in 1994—said she shares stories with the players about her own personal experiences on staying motivated and continuing success.
Yelton said the fact that she has won a national championship gives her instant credibility with the players because she has accomplished something that they want to. She also said that the players set their own goals to accomplish and that she feeds off of their energy.
The Argos’ next game is Thursday, Jan. 29 against the Lee University Flames. And with nine games left, their season is far from over.
“They want to be great,” Yelton said. “They want to create their own history.”