Argonaut Weekly: January 11-17
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF basketball teams are off to a strong start to the new year. The women’s team is 11-5 overall and stands atop the Gulf South Conference standings at 2-0, and the men’s team is 7-7 and holds a 1-1 record in GSC play. The Argos will hit the road for the first time in GSC play this season, facing Valdosta State on Wednesday and West Georgia on Saturday.
ARGONAUT OF THE WEEK
Sabrina Stambouli (Québec City, Québec/Dawson) had an excellent Gulf South Conference debut, scoring 16 points in each of the Argonauts’ GSC wins last week, marking a new career high for the freshman. The Canadian guard shot 11-23 (.478) for the week, including a 5-13 (.385) performance from three-point territory. Stambouli has come off the bench in all 16 games this year and is the Argonauts’ third leading scorer with 8.4 points per game while playing just 19.4 minutes per contest.
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (11-5, 2-0 GSC)
- 1/7 vs. West Alabama: 72-59 W
- 1/9 vs. Alabama-Huntsville: 78-66 W
The UWF women’s basketball team is riding a wave of momentum heading into the second week of Gulf South Conference play, as the Argonauts picked up victories over West Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville in the first week of this year’s GSC schedule, improving to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Freshmen Sabrina Stambouli and Emily Erland both had standout performances off the bench, scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively, for career high performances as Argonauts in Thursday’s win over UWA.
On Saturday against Alabama-Huntsville, UWF jumped out to a 50-24 lead in the first half and cruised to a 78-66 win. Amy Drake led the team with 24 points including a 6-9 mark from three-point territory and a team-high eight assists.
The Argonauts will look to stay undefeated in GSC play this week when they take the road to face Valdosta State (6-7, 1-0) and West Georgia (6-10, 0-1). With the 2-0 start to the GSC schedule this season, UWF is off to its best start in GSC play since the 2006-07 season.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-7, 1-1 GSC)
- 1/7 vs. West Alabama: 75-73 W
- 1/9 vs. Alabama-Huntsville: 62-74 L
West Florida split its pair of home games to open the Gulf South Conference schedule last week, defeating West Alabama 75-73 on Thursday while falling to Alabama-Huntsville 62-74 on Saturday. After being down by 11 at halftime on Thursday, West Alabama chipped away at the UWF lead until finally tying the score at 73-73 on a Chris Davis jumper with a minute left in the game. Maurice Thomas held the ball on the perimeter for UWF on the next possession, and with the shot clock running out, he pulled up for a 20-foot jumper and drained it to put the Argos up by two. UWA scrambled to come up with a shot on their final possession, and a last ditch three-point attempt by Alquan Mendenhall was rejected by Thomas, clinching the 75-73 win.
UWF faced a tough opponent in Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday, and UAH was able to pull away with a strong second half and hand the Argonauts a 74-62 loss. Ken Mitchell and Maurice Thomas each chipped in 17 points for West Florida, while Mitchell led the team with eight rebounds and Thomas dished out a team-leading five assists.
UWF will face two tough opponents on the road this week, starting at No. 12 Valdosta State (14-2, 1-0) on Wednesday. The Argos will then hit the road again on Saturday, facing West Georgia (7-8, 0-1).
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THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 13
W. Basketball @ Valdosta State (at Valdosta, Ga.)* 6:00 ET
M. Basketball @ Valdosta State (at Valdosta, Ga.)* 8:00 ET
Saturday, January 16
W. Basketball @ West Georgia (at Carrollton, Ga.)* 5:30 ET
M. Basketball @ West Georgia (at Carrollton, Ga.)* 7:30 ET
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