Forward Toni Brewer (center) runs down the court in Saturday's game against Valdosta State.Photo by Christian Graves
Forward Toni Brewer (center) runs down the court in Saturday’s game against Valdosta State.
Photo by Christian Graves

Mike Piro
Staff Writer

The University of West Florida Lady Argonauts (12-3, 9-2 GSC) defeated the Valdosta State Blazers (8-9, 4-7) 66-55 at the UWF Field House on Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Gulf South Conference.

The UWF women’s basketball team is tied for first place in the GSC with Union (Tenn.) halfway through the season.

The Argos, who are a young team with five of the 13 players being classified as freshmen, were looking for a win after coming off of a loss against the University of West Georgia.

“We were coming off a tough loss, so it was redemption time,” Toni Brewer, four-time GSC Freshman of the Week, said. “I was pumped up.”

Brewer scored 22 points and 17 rebounds and Kelly Preston (sophomore) scored 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks against the Blazers.

For Valdosta State, April Thomas led her team with 17 points and four rebounds. No other Blazer scored in double digits, but their bench did contribute 22 points compared to the Argos’ seven.

The game began with the Argos winning the tip off and Brewer scoring the first points of the game. The Argos then rallied to take and maintain a small lead of seven points, but the Blazers fought back to take a 16-14 lead keeping the game close.

The second half began with the Blazers using full-court press to cause turnovers and scoring opportunities to tie the score 28-28. After a timeout, the Argos went on to outscore the Blazers 21-6 in ten minutes to make the score 49-34, the largest lead of the game.

The Argos would go on to score 17 more points in the remaining eight minutes to win the game 66-55.

The Argos scored 36 points inside the paint and scored 16 points off of the 15 turnovers they caused.

To prepare for the upcoming games, the women’s basketball team head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said that they will work on defense and scoring.

“We will add plays and defensive stunts to keep the other teams on their toes,” she said.

The Argos next game will be at home against North Alabama on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.