The West Georgia women’s basketball team dropped its first Gulf South Conference game of the year on Tuesday, falling to 24th-ranked Union on the road, 84-78.
The Wolves, who were ranked seventh in this week’s D2SIDA South Region Poll, snapped a four-game GSC win streak as West Georgia dropped to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in GSC play. Union improved to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the GSC.
West Georgia played one of their best games offensively, scoring 78 points, the highest on the year for the Wolves. But the Union offense was too much, shooting 48.2 percent from the field including 14-of-31 from 3-point range.
Union wasted no time out of the gate, hitting three long-range 3-pointers in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the contest, and while the Union offense never slowed, the Wolves hung in the first half, shooting 44.1 percent from the field.
A pair of back-to-back Tiffany Rechis 3-pointers put Union up by 13, its largest margin of the first half, with 2:35 left in the period, but the Wolves finished on an 11-5 run to cut it to a 4-point halftime deficit. D’Asia Cain hit the big shot at the end of the first half, beating the buzzer with a three to make it 46-42 at the break.
Nine Wolves scored in the opening half with Jessica Brown leading the way with her nine first half points, while A’Kia Harris added eight.
The third quarter was all West Georgia, as the Wolves outscored the Bulldogs 21-10 in the third, and began the quarter on a 12-0 run, which turned the 4-point halftime deficit into an 8-point, 54-46 lead midway through the third quarter. The Wolves got the lead up to 13 with 1:25 left in the third, but a 6-0 run to close out the third quarter, capped off by a Sara Lytle three-pointer at the buzzer, cut the UWG lead to seven after three quarters.
The Union offense came back to life in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in the final period. The fourth quarter for the Wolves, however, was the least efficient offensive period, as they scored just 15 points.
Tiara Caldwell hit a layup with 2:07 to go in the game to tie it up at 76-76, and then a Chelsey Shumpert layup gave Union the lead for good over the final two minutes.
The Wolves had a chance to tie it up late in the game, but a turnover and a AnnaLea Little steal led to more points for Union and the Bulldogs sealing the win.
Chelsey Shumpert, the league’s leading scorer had a game-high 33 points for the Bulldogs, and recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds.
For the Wolves, Kayla Carter had 21 while Jessica Brown added 18. A’Kia Harris just missed a double-double as she had eight points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Aysha Harris had five assists on the night for the Wolves.
West Georgia is back on the road on Thursday, taking on Christian Brothers in Memphis. That game will tip-off at 6 p.m. on Thursday night at Canale Arena.