UWF Wins Fourth Quarter Fight


Virginia Morrison, Writer

Triumph in the fourth quarter led the University of West Florida Argonauts (5-6, 5-6 GSC) to victory over the University of West Georgia Wolves (5-8, 5-8 GSC) on Friday at the UWF Field House. This win caused UWF to swap ranks with West Georgia moving the Argos up to fourth in the Gulf South East Division.

With 12 points and 12 rebounds senior forward Danielle Norquest got her fourth double-double of the season. Junior guard Peyton Lewis, a transfer from Kennesaw State, scored 13 points making this her fourth consecutive game scoring double digits. 

The Argos took an early lead in the first quarter ending it with 25 points to the Wolves 4. Lewis scored roughly a third of these points.

“In that first quarter we were able to get those rebounds and really come down and score on the offensive end for us,” Coach Yelton said. “You flip that to the second quarter; it was the flip of the coin.”

West Florida had difficulty putting up points in the second quarter allowing West Georgia to go on a 13 point run.

The Wolves hounded the Argos for points in the second quarter. Wolves junior guard Siera Carter led the pack in scoring making it a tight game going into the half. The Argos held a four point lead at the start of the third quarter.

The game also became more physical in the second half with both teams committing a combined total of 24 fouls. 

“[After a foul] the next possession you got to worry about what you’re doing on the offensive side, and when we come back on defense, just play good defense straight up and power through.” Norquest said.

Nearly two minutes into the third quarter West Georgia got their first lead of the game with a jumper by Carter making the score 33-32. This was the first of eight lead changes throughout the game. 

The third quarter was neck and neck, going back and forth so much that it ended in a tie of 46 points all around. 

The fourth quarter started with two field goals by Norquest. The Wolves continued to claw at the chance for victory.

The game was still too close to call, but by the time West Georgia took their full timeout with 2:01 on the clock West Florida victory was imminent. The score was 59-56 at the time. 

The game ended with junior Fanny Hulmi making two shots after a rough foul, which sealed the win for the Argos. The final score was 67-59.

West Florida finishes their two-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 6 against West Georgia in their annual Play4Kay game at the UWF Field House.