UWF Meets West Alabama In #GSCWBB Semifinals

first_img Series History UWF leads 16-9 since 2006 Print Friendly Version Live Video Live Video West Florida (17-11) vs. West Alabama (14-14) Social Media UWF – Twitter: @GoArgos  | IG: @GoArgos | FB: /GoArgos WBB – Twitter: @WestFloridaWBB  | IG: @westfloridawbb | FB: /UWFWBB * UWF Tournament Notes (pdf)* West Florida travels to Birmingham and the Pete Hanna Center for the semifinals of the GSC Tournament, presented by VisitSpaceCoast.com. The Argonauts will face * UWF got a very impressive 68-49 win at Valdosta State on Tuesday in the GSC Quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals for the eighth time in program history and third time in the last five years.WHAT’S AT STAKE* Sixth-seeded UWF will meet seventh-seeded West Alabama in the second semifinal on Saturday, with the winner facing the Union-Lee winner in Sunday’s Championship Game at 12:30 p.m.* The Argonauts are also playing for their NCAA postseason fate. UWF entered this week’s South Region rankings at No. 10 for the second-consecutive week, but got a big road win over No. 7 Valdosta State. The three tournament champions from the GSC, SIAC and Sunshine State Conferences, along with the top five remaining at-large teams will earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. The women’s selection show is at 9 pm CT on Sunday night on NCAA.com.ABOUT UWF* UWF is 17-11 on the year and has won two of its last three games – a home win over No. 6 Union on Feb. 17 (2 weeks ago) and a road win at Valdosta State on Tuesday.* UWF is fifth in the GSC in scoring offense at 67.6 ppg and fifth in scoring defense at 61.9 ppg.The Argonauts are shooting 39.5 percent from the floor.* They rank fourth in the league in 3-point FG pct., making 33.3 pct and are averaging 5.1 3-pointers per game. UWF has made at least five 3-pointers in its last six games – something that hasn’t happened all season – with an 8-for-15 (.533) effort at Valdosta on Tuesday.* UWF ranks sixth in the GSC in field goal percentage defense (.365) and ranks fifth in 3-point field goal pct. defense (.283).* UWF is 12th in FT pct, making just .656 pct of its shots. * The Argos lead the league in total rebounds at 44.0 per game (13th in NCAA) and defensive rebounding at 30.9 per game (10th in the NCAA). Opponents have averaged just 9.9 offensive rpg. and less than 10 in 16 games.YELTON IN SIXTH YEAR AT UWF* Stephanie Lawrence Yelton is in her sixth season at UWF, bringing a 107-66 record into the West Alabama contest … She is 164-150 in 10-plus years as a college head coach, which includes a 57-84 mark in at Charleston Southern from 2001-06 … She is a 1996 North Carolina graduate who was the school’s all-time leader in every 3-point category at the end of her career.* Yelton reached a milestone in her UWF coaching career against Delta State this season. The sixth-year coach became the third coach in program history to reach the 100-victory mark, joining Shannan Bergen (183 victories) and Kathy Davis (175).UWF’S GSC TOURNEY HISTORY* UWF is making its 18th GSC Championship appearance this week and has a 10-15 overall record … The Argos have advanced to the semifinals for the eighth time and are 3-3 in those previous contests … UWF is 1-2 in championship games, winning its lone title four years ago. UWF reached the finals in 1998, 2014 and 2017.* UWF is 4-2 at the Pete Hanna Center since the league started playing its championship in the facility five years ago … Delta State leads the women’s side of the league with 5 wins in the 12-year-old building.UWF-UWA SERIES HISTORY* Since 2006, UWF has won 16 of 27 total meetings. UWF won both regular-season games last year to extend its win streak to 9 games overall. UWA’s December win in Pensacola snapped a 9-game UWF win streak at the UWF Field House.* The teams have met twice previously in the GSC Tournament, splitting the games. UWF claimed a 82-78 win in the 2006 quarterfinals in Tupelo, Miss., while UWA earned a 60-57 win in 2012 in Niceville, Fla.* THE LAST GAME: UWF led by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter before going cold from the floor as West Alabama closed the game on a 32-9 run for a 83-72 win in Pensacola on Dec. 16. The Tigers capitalized on 22 Argo turnovers for a 22-12 margin in points off turnovers, with 10 coming in the midst of a 27-5 stretch. Shami Goodman had 28 points and Belle Bistrow at 17 to lead UWF offensively. Halee Nieman had 10 and 10 before fouling out. The Argos played the last seven minutes out Courtney Meyer and last five without Nieman. UWA had four players in double figures, led by Chloe Culpepper’s 19 off the bench. Sydney Bozeman had 16 and Tazsa Garrett-Hammett had 15. PLAYER NOTES* Senior F Chloe Branch is averaging 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds over 18.2 minutes per game … The graduate transfer from Kennesaw State has done well recently, posting nine points and eight rebounds i the win over Union three games ago, and 12 points and six boards on Tuesday at VSU.* Senior PG Jade Davis averages 3.2 assists per game to rank ninth in the GSC; she is also second on the team with 1.5 steals per contest … Her 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is fourth in the GSC.* Senior G Shami Goodman has posted 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest … She has 10 games in double figures with three of at least 22, including a career-high 30 in the home win over Valdosta State in December … Her 1.8 3-pointers per game are eighth in the league … Has made at least three 3-pointers in a game nine times and the Argos are 6-3 in those games … Named to the GSC All-Tournament team last season after averaging 16.3 ppg over three contests, including 21 in the semis and 16 in the championship – had four 3-pointers in each game in Birmingham as well.* Senior G Shaniqua Magee averages 7.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, with five starts on the year … In the last five games, she has averaged 12 ppg and 4.0 rpg while being the team’s second leading scorer … She has led UWF in scoring three times during that span as well, with career-high 18 point efforts against Union and at Valdosta State to end the regular season.* Senior F Courtney Meyer leads the GSC and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 10.8 rpg … Leads the GSC and ranks 22nd in the NCAA with 64 blocks … Has 10 games in double figures and 18 games with double figure rebounds … Third in the GSC with 9 double-doubles … Averages 7.8 points per game … 246 career blocked shots are third all-time in GSC history and first in UWF history … She has 837 points, 935 rebounds and a UWF record 246 blocks in 119 career games.* Junior transfer Halee Nieman leads a pair of players who average in double figures. Nieman has posted 14.2 points to rank eighth in the GSC. She leads all players in the GSC in FT made (137 – also #16 in NCAA) and FT attempts (215 – #2 in NCAA). Nieman, who played her first two years at Saginaw Valley State, enters the West Alabama game with 950 career points and 489 rebounds. She scored a career-high and school-record 42 points in the win over Montevallo on Dec. 18, which included 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting after halftime. That total is tied for the 13th highest in GSC history. She also had a career-high 20 rebounds against the Falcons, which are the most in the league this year … She ranks 8th in the GSC in scoring and 9th in rebounding … One of just 3 players to rank in the top 10 in each category and the only one still playing in the tournament … 21 double figure scoring games and four double-doubles … Had four 20-plus point games, with the last being a 21-point effort at Valdosta on Tuesday.* Junior Belle Bistrow is tied for third on the team with 8.1 points per contest and is second with 46 3-pointers … Her 1.6 3FG per game are 11th in the league … She has made multiple 3-pointers in a game 12 times in 2017-18 with a season and career-high 5 twice – with one of those against West Alabama in the first meeting … She has 78 career 3-pointers.NIEMAN NAMED ALL-GSC* UWF junior Halee Nieman was named Second Team All-Conference earlier this week as the lone representative from the Argonauts.* It was her second conference honor of her college career, following her GLIAC Freshman of the Year Award while at Saginaw Valley State in the 2015-16 season.MEYER IN THE RECORD BOOKSGSC Career Blocks Record:354-Tracy Sprolden, Valdosta State    1997-01255-Cara Melton, Montevallo    1999-2003246-Courtney Meyer, UWF    2014-pr.232-Pam Lockett, Delta State    1986-90229-Veronica Walker, Delta State    2008-12206-Leslie McKiernon, Delta State    1990-93 GSC Career Blocks Per Game Record:3.49-Cara Melton, Montevallo     1999-20033.30-Tracy Sprolden, Valdosta State    1997-012.37-Melissa Nafzger, West Florida    2003-062.12-Jasmine Ellis, Christian Brothers    2009-122.07-Courtney Meyer, UWF    2014-pr.1.81-Pam Lockett, Delta State    1986-90 Active Division II Career Blocks Leaders:1. Tess Bruffey, Lubbock Christian 3502. Courtney Meyer, West Florida 2463. Drew Sannes, MSU Moorhead 2064. Emily Pitkin, Oakland City 1995. Caroline Hogue, Harding 194UWF CAREER REBOUNDS1. 1005 – Katie Bobos (2013-17)2. 935 – Courtney Meyer (2014-pr)3. 867 – Toni Brewer (2014-17)4. 798 – Melissa Nafzger (2003-06)5. 685 – Jennifer Bass (1993-97)UWF PICKED 2ND IN GSC PRESEASON POLL* The UWF women’s basketball team received five first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the Gulf South Conference preseason poll that was released by the league on Thursday. Additionally, senior Toni Brewer was named to the five-member all-conference team.* UWF is coming off the most memorable season in program history, collecting school records with 28 overall victories and 18 conference wins. The Argonauts also won their first GSC regular-season title and the NCAA South Region Championship that earned them a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history.center_img Date | Time Saturday, March 3 | 2:15 p.m. CT Live Stats Live Stats Tickets Adults: $10 Youth/College: $3 Location Birmingham, Ala. | Pete Hanna Centerlast_img

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