As I mentioned in my previous basketball articles, only the top 8 seeds of the Gulf South Conference earn a chance for postseason play. In my last women’s basketball article, I stated that I did not believe the team could make the tournament.
“If West Georgia can find their way into the GSC tournament, then they should be a team to keep your eye on. The unfortunate thing is, they have to play exceptionally well for three games straight, something they really have not done all year.”
For this, I must apologize. The women put together a four game win streak and proved me wrong. I am extremely glad they did prove me wrong because now the girls get to play for a chance at the conference title.
However, I did state that if they made the tournament, they should be a team to keep your eye on. I do still stand by that statement. The four game win streak for the women is the longest of the year, and it sent them into postseason play with a conference record of 9-13.
Before the 4 games, the women were sitting in ninth place and had two crucial match ups left with teams right behind, or in front of them.
The first game of the streak came against Lee on February 13th. I highlighted this game in the last article. Katrina Littlepage scored a career high 37 points and it lifted the Wolves over the Flames 77-76.
The next game of the streak came at home vs West Florida. Littlepage exploded again for UWG, scoring 30 points. She attempted an astounding 25 free throws in the game. Freshman Terrianna Cave also had a nice game, scoring 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting. She was also a perfect 5-of-5 from three point range.
As a team, UWG shot 62.5% from three point land. The excellent shooting night for the Lady Wolves proved to be too much for West Florida, as UWG won 67-60.
The next victory came two days later vs in-state rival Valdosta State. Throughout this game, the Lady Wolves were an incredible 19-of-20 from the free throw line. Katrina Littlepage was again the leading scorer with 26 points. This performance earned her the third straight Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Award.
The game ended in thrilling fashion with Katrina Littlepage getting fouled on a three point attempt with just seconds left. At the time, UWG was down one point, but Littlepage made all three to put them ahead. The Blazers did not have enough time, and the game ended with a final score of 60-58.
This game gave UWG a one game lead above the Blazers for the 8th and final spot in the tournament, and led us into the final game of the season.
West Georgia traveled to Livingston, Alabama to take on West Alabama. Earlier in the year, UWG narrowly defeated UWA by a score of 65-60. This time, UWG needed a win to secure their spot in the conference tournament.
Katrina Littlepage was sidelined during this final game for a reason I am unsure of. So, senior April Levy took over for UWG, scoring 19 points. Junior Bre’ana Singleton and freshman Terrianna Cave also had double figures in the game, both finishing with 11 points.
After some late success from the line, UWG closed out the game, and their regular season on a high note. They defeated UWA for the second time in the season, this time by a score of 51-49. It gave UWG a four game win streak and gave them the 8th seed heading into the conference tournament.
The Lady Wolves will travel to Jackson, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 1st to take on Union. Union is 20-2 in conference play and 26-2 on the year. They are ranked 10th in USA Today Coaches Poll and they are 1st in the South Regional Rankings.
The Lady Wolves and Union have already played twice this year. The first game was in Carrollton and Union defeated West Georgia 70-59. The second game came on the road, and was a much closer 70-66 victory for Union.
Union is a very strong team and have a lot of confidence going in as the top seed and nationally ranked, but UWG may have something to say about that. The Lady Wolves have played their best basketball here as of late, and have already showed they can compete with Union.
If Katrina Littlepage can play 35+ minutes and score like she has been lately, as well as get some help from Terrianna Cave and April Levy, then UWG should make this a very interesting match up.
The game tips off at 7 PM on March 1st. If you would like to watch the women’s game, but cannot make the drive, then click this link here. The UWG sports website will be providing a live broadcast.
***PICTURES WITH THE LOGO IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER WERE TAKEN BY ME, BRANDON WRIGHT. ANY PICTURE NOT WITH THE LOGO IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT I DID NOT TAKE. ALL OF THE PICTURES IN THIS SPECIFIC ARTICLE WERE TAKEN BY ME***