Argos welcome Badgers for first home game Tuesday
By Jay Phillips
After winning a conference title last season, UWF’s men’s basketball team will look to get back to its winning ways with the Argonaut’s first home game of the season on Tuesday against Spring Hill.
Both the men and women will be in action on Tuesday night, with the men coming off of a four-point loss on Saturday against Saint Leos, and the women coming off of a 14-point win at Georgia College. The women will be in action against the same school as the men in Spring Hill.
“In the second half, they pressured us, and we didn’t handle their pressure well,” said UWF men’s head coach Jeff Burkhamer.
UWF’s men’s basketball team (2-2) will welcome Spring Hill (2-2) to Pensacola.
Despite the identical records, Spring Hill has suffered their two losses by an average of 17 points per game, while UWF has lost their games by an average of 11 points per game.
Interestingly enough, UWF has shot 40 percent or better from three-point-land in both of its losses.
While shooting hasn’t been a problem for the Argonauts in their losses, ball security and ball movement on offense have been.
UWF has tallied more turnovers than assists in both of their losses so far this season.
In those two losses, UWF has totaled a combined 25 turnovers to only 14 assists. Fourteen assists is a good average for one game, but the Argonauts were only able to achieve it through two games.
“I would think [this weekend] will show our guys just how far we’ve got to go, and that they’ve got to get better quickly,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer on GoArgos.
On the other hand, UWF has reached 13 assists and 18 assists in its two wins, respectively.
Spring Hill is currently riding a two-game winning streak, with one of the wins coming against Pensacola Christian College.
In their two losses, Spring Hill has turned the ball over a combined 30 times and gave up a combined 30 assists.
In UWF’s last win, the Argonauts took down Albany State by four points.
Argonaut center Henri Ventoniemi led the way for UWF, finishing the day with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
UWF’s game with Spring Hill will be the first of a three game home stand for the men’s team before UWF has to travel to Atlanta for games with Morehouse College and Lane College.
UWF’s women’s team (3-1) had a similar start to the men’s team by winning their first two games, and will take on the same school as the men in Spring Hill (3-2).
Spring Hill has two wins at home and one on a neutral court, meaning that Spring Hill has yet to win a game on the road.
Spring Hill will get a chance to do just that in Pensacola, but the UWF women’s team in coming off of a dominant 24 point win at Georgia College and will be looking to protect their home court.
Senior Halee Nieman led the way for the Argonauts against Georgia College, racking up 32 points on just 18 shots. Nieman’s night also included seven rebounds and two assists.
Nieman is averaging 19.5 points and 6 rebounds a game so far this season.
Spring Hill’s last loss came during a road trip to Loyola University of Louisiana, where Spring Hill lost by eight points.
Loyola’s defense held Spring Hill to 58 points on under 17 percent from three, stifling Spring Hill’s offense in the process.
This will be the first of five straight home games for the Argonaut’s women’s team, with two of those five coming against Gulf South Conference opponents. Depending on how the Argonauts handle their five-game home stand, they could look to take a lead in conference play before heading into the meat of their schedule.