Argonaut Weekly: January 18-24
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams faced two tough opponents in their first road trip of the conference schedule, as the UWF women’s team finished the week 1-1 and the men’s team was 0-2. The Argonauts women’s team holds a 3-1 record in GSC play and is tied for second in the East Division, while the men’s team is 1-3 and looking to rebound this week. Meanwhile, the spring sports are gearing up for their seasons as February is just around the corner.
ARGONAUT OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Jose Davila (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo HS) got the start in both games for the UWF men’s basketball team last week, and he made the most of it, setting career highs in points and assists. Davila scored a career high 15 on Wednesday at Valdosta State, shooting 6-11 from the field. In Saturday’s overtime battle at West Georgia, Davila played in 44 minutes and was one assist shy of a double-double with 10 points and a career high nine assists. Through four games in GSC play this season, the guard has averaged 7.5 points and 4.0 assists per game.
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (12-6, 3-1 GSC)
- 1/13 @ Valdosta State: 62-86 L
- 1/16 @ West Georgia: 65-49 W
West Florida took to the road for the first time in conference play this season, going 1-1 for the week with a loss at Valdosta State on Wednesday and a win at West Georgia on Saturday. On Wednesday, UWF fell behind early and was not able to mount a comeback in an 86-62 loss. Amy Drake shot 3-4 from long range and was the Argonauts’ leading scorer with 16 points, and Tiffany Williams added 13. Turnovers were a deciding factor, as the Argonauts gave up the ball 27 times, leading to 38 Valdosta State points. VSU also had the edge in rebounds at 48-34, including a 20-8 margin in offensive rebounds. Despite the loss, UWF outshot the Lady Blazers 47.6 percent to 44.1 percent.
The Argonauts were able to turn things around on Saturday in a 56-49 win at defending GSC East Division champion West Georgia. Drake led UWF with 16 points, while Jessie Ivey scored her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Argonauts outshot the opponents 42.5 percent to 24.2 percent, and UWF also held a 46-32 rebound advantage. West Florida’s depth also came into play, as UWF scored 14 bench points and the Wolves finished with zero.
West Florida returns home this week tied for second place in the GSC East with a 3-1 conference record, and the Argos will host North Alabama (9-10, 3-1 GSC) on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The Argos will get a break from conference play on the weekend, hosting Lambuth on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-9, 1-3 GSC)
- 1/13 @ No. 11 Valdosta State: 61-88 L
- 1/16 @ West Georgia: 94-100 L (OT)
The UWF men’s basketball team suffered two tough GSC losses on the road last week, first at No. 11 Valdosta State on Wednesday and again on Saturday in an overtime battle with West Georgia. The Argonauts ran into a very strong Valdosta State team on Wednesday, as VSU forward Tyrone Curnell scored 32 points to lead the Blazers. Three Argonauts fouled out in the loss, and the Blazers ran away with the game by shooting 67.7 percent and outscoring UWF 57-37 in the second half. Maurice Thomas led UWF with 20 points, highlighted by a 10-11 performance at the free throw line. Jose Davila added a career high 15 points.
The Argonauts battled West Georgia into overtime on Saturday night, and UWG survived the night with a 100-94 victory over the Argonauts, led by John Pringle's 34 points and 14 rebounds. For the second straight game, UWF had three players foul out of the game. Three Argonauts scored 19 points or more, led by Thomas with 22. Jonathan Jackson chipped in with 21 points and seven rebounds, and Max Hoggard scored his first career double-double with 19 points and a career high 11 rebounds.
UWF will look to turn things around at home this week, facing North Alabama in GSC action on Wednesday before a non-conference meeting with Lambuth on Saturday. The Argos (7-9) are tied with UNA (8-9) for fifth in the GSC East at 1-3 in conference play.
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THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 20
W. Basketball vs. North Alabama* 5:00
M. Basketball vs. North Alabama* 7:00
Saturday, January 23
W. Basketball vs. Lambuth 2:00
M. Basketball vs. Lambuth 4:00
* indicates Gulf South Conference event
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