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Argonaut Weekly: November 30-December 6

Argonauts of the Week: Dominique Boykins (left) and Maurice Thomas (right)
Argonauts of the Week: Dominique Boykins (left) and Maurice Thomas (right)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – While West Florida women’s soccer looks to clinch a national title this week, the men’s and women’s basketball seasons begin to heat up with both teams in action this weekend. The women’s team will host their second home tournament in the UWF Argo Classic after success at the North Star Invitational in Alaska last week, playing host to teams around the region. The men will look for more success on the road at The Loop Pizza Grill Classic hosted by Valdosta State.


ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK

Dominique Boykins
Women’s Basketball
Senior Center

Senior center Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas/North Shore HS) scored a season-high 17 points off the bench in West Florida’s win over Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday. Boykins has put up 56 points and grabbed 19 boards for the Argos in six games so far this season, averaging 9.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game off the bench. She is also shooting a team-high 74.2 percent from the field this year.


Maurice Thomas
Men’s Basketball
Senior Guard

Maurice Thomas (Milton, Fla./Pensacola JC) was a driving force for men’s basketball this week, scoring a total of 40 points across two games at the UWF Thanksgiving Classic. Thomas posted a career-high nine assists against Lynn on Friday and scored a career-high 21 points against an undefeated Montevallo squad on Sunday. The senior is having an excellent overall start to the season, averaging 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game in five contests.


WOMEN’S SOCCER (22-0-0, 7-0-0 GSC)
The University of West Florida women's soccer team looks to complete their quest for a national title as they return to the NCAA Division II Final Four for the second straight season. They are set to face Cal State Dominquez Hills in the semifinal match at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 3rd at Pepin Stadium on the campus of the University of Tampa. Should the Argos advance they will take on the winner of the Saint Rose/Grand Valley State match at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s and women’s semifinal matches will be produced by NCAA Productions and will be webcast live on www.NCAA.com.  The championship matches on Saturday will be televised live on CBS College Sports.  CBS College Sports is available on DIRECTV channel 613 (Choice Extra Package) and Dish Network channel 152 (Classic Silver 200 package).  For broadcast availability on cable networks, check your local listings.

The UWF Sports Information office will also be providing a live audio broadcast of all West Florida matches at www.GoArgos.com.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-2, 0-0 GSC)
- 11/26 vs. Henderson State: 81-74 W
- 11/27 vs. Gannon: 76-89 L
- 11/28 @ Alaska-Fairbanks: 86-70 W

The UWF women’s basketball team (4-2) returned to Pensacola after two wins in three games in the team’s adventures at the North Star Invitational hosted by Alaska Fairbanks.  Senior guard Amy Drake was named to the All-Tournament Team after a star performance, including a 25-point game in the Argonauts’ 81-74 win over GSC West Division rival Henderson State on Thanksgiving Day.

The Argos then faced No. 11 Gannon on Friday and fell 76-89, but the team rebounded with an 86-70 win over host Alaska Fairbanks in their final game on Saturday.  Senior center Dominique Boykins came off the bench on Saturday to score a team-high 17 points, while Drake added 16 points and led the team with nine rebounds.

West Florida will host the UWF Argo Classic this weekend, as UWF is set to face Eckerd on Friday and Columbus State on Saturday.  GSC East Division member West Alabama will also be in town, as the Tigers will face Columbus State on Friday and Eckerd on Saturday.  The Argonauts have started with wins in four of their first six games, their best start since 2005-06 when Head Coach Shannan Bergen led the team to a 23-7 record, a GSC East Division title, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-3, 0-0 GSC)
- 11/27 vs. Lynn: 67-74 L
- 11/29 vs. Montevallo: 72-94 L

The West Florida men’s basketball team (2-3) returned to Pensacola to host the UWF Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend, as Lynn and Montevallo visited the UWF Field House for the three-day tournament.  UWF dropped a close game to Lynn on Friday, as the Fighting Knights outlasted the Argonauts 74-67.  Senior point guard Maurice Thomas flirted with a triple-double, as he posted 19 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.

On Sunday the Argonauts ran into an undefeated Montevallo squad and fell 94-72.  Thomas was once again the offensive leader, scoring 21 with a team-high five assists.  Thomas was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Montevallo forward Gerald January picked up Most Outstanding Player honors.

The Argonauts will hit the road this weekend to play in Valdosta State’s tournament, The Loop Pizza Grill Classic.  UWF is set to face regional opponents Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday and Saint Leo on Saturday, with the games scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET, respectively.  West Florida will look to keep their road streak alive this weekend in Georgia, as both of the Argos’ two wins this year have come away from the UWF Field House.


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2009-10 ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK

11/30

Dominique Boykins
Women's Basketball

Maurice Thomas
Men's Basketball

11/23

Shameka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Jonathan Jackson
Men's Basketball

Tiffany Williams
Women's Basketball

11/16

Courtney Jones
Women's Soccer

Jamie Nichols
Volleyball

11/9

Frank Cope
Men's Soccer

Lindsay Homme
Volleyball

11/2

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

10/26

Kara Gonzalez
Volleyball

Eddie Pagan
Men's Cross Country

Jordan Stone
Women's Soccer

10/19

Valissia Brathwaite
Volleyball

Richard Dixon
Men's Soccer

10/12

Donald Davis
Men's Cross Country

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

10/5

Kevin Ducros
Men's Tennis

Leandro Ferreira
Men's Tennis

Bailee Hedstrom
Women's Cross Country

9/28

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

Jenny Lines
Women's Golf

Kaley Morris
Women's Soccer

9/21

Tyler Bowman
Men's Cross Country

Jay Mainville
Men's Soccer

9/14

Kimberly Clark
Volleyball

Dernelle Mascall
Women's Soccer

9/7

Shaneka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Megan Steinocher
Women's Cross Country

8/31

Paul Willoughby
Men's Soccer


THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Thursday, December 3
W. Soccer vs. Cal State-Dominguez Hills (NCAA Semifinals) (at Tampa, Fla.) 8:00 ET

Friday, December 4
M. Basketball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (The Loop Pizza Grill Classic @ Valdosta State) 6:00 ET
W. Basketball vs. Eckerd (UWF Argo Classic) 6:00

Saturday, December 5
W. Soccer vs. TBA (NCAA Finals) (at Tampa, Fla.) 1:00 ET
M. Basketball vs. Saint Leo (The Loop Pizza Grill Classic @ Valdosta State) 4:00 ET
W. Basketball vs. Columbus State (UWF Argo Classic) 4:00

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