By Shaniqua Magee

Staff Writer

Ranked third in the Gulf South Conference, the University of West Florida’s women’s basketball will compete against Albany in the GSC vs. SIAC tournament in Valdosta, GA.

The Argos previously beat Albany State in last year’s tournament at Valdosta with a final score of 80-67. Halee Nieman led the Argos with 24 points.

“Halee’s an energy kid who can shoot from the outside, but the energy she brought to the floor opened things up for the rest of the team and we rode that to the win,” head coach Stephanie Yelton said.

The Argos are headed back to Valdosta with almost the same team but with more new faces. Yelton has added six to her roster. Five of them being freshmen, two of them international players. Also, a new assistant coach in Scott Steelman.

“We have a chance to meet all three teams competing this weekend later in the season,” Yelton said. “We will get a chance to see our conference rival, Valdosta State, play this weekend for the first time. It will be interesting to see how their teams has transformed with a new group of players on their roster.”

The Argos had a long, hard fought season last year and made it to the GSC championship but fell short to Union.

“I’m looking forward to challenging our players to rise to the competition,” Yelton said. “We play two in region teams and these games give us a chance to see where we measure up early in the season.”

The Argonauts are set to play Albany State Friday, November 9 at 4 p.m.

“The players want to have great success this season. They want to play for a championship,” Yelton said. “It’s a lofty goal for a young team but we have a core of veteran players who have been there before. With leadership and development, we can get there.”