As the GSC basketball tourney draws near the UWA basketball teams strive to get better. On Valentine’s Day the teams set up to take action on the hardwood against conference rival University of West Georgia .
For the Lady Tigers it was an interest game throughout and they certainly were not going down without a fight. If you were to look at the box score the only difference between these two teams were really the FT percentages. West Georgia had a greater advantage at the free throw line. UWA Lady Tigers were able to score 20 points in the paint, score ten points off of turnovers and score 20 points off the bench.
The last 30 seconds of the game were very interesting as Shameika Hart shot a three pointer that tied the game at 57 with 13 seconds on the clock. Nevertheless Mclin, of West Georgia, was able to shoot the game winning three-pointer for the University of West Georgia. The women’s basketball team fail short to West Georgia in a nail biter conference game by score of 57-60.
The men on the other hand dominated and showed true spirit as they defended their home court presence. UWA men’s basketball team entered this contest with a record of (13-8) while West Georgia possessed a (15-9) overall record. This game was action packed and very eye pleasing to the home crowd. UWA Tigers were able to score an impressive 40 points in the paint along with 19 points off of forced turnovers which all contributed to their win over West Georgia. The Tigers had a total of 21 points from the bench and once were able to break away to a 27 point lead ahead of West Georgia.
Due to the unexpected snow days a few of the games had to be rescheduled and this was one of those that had to be made up that’s why the tigers had to play on such a heartfelt day. With the men’s win according to UWA Athletics Downey, men’s coach, peaked his 200th career win! This is a great milestone for him and to make it even better he beat a conference opponent to achieve this milestone.
As the tigers continue to prowl there are only two more weeks of basketball before they head over to Birmingham to compete in the GSC tournament. Three of those games will be played on the hardwood floor in Pruitt Hall. The Tigers will host Alabama-Huntsville, University of North Alabama and Union University (official GSC member 2014-2015) in the upcoming weeks, which are all conference matchups. It would be amazing if everyone could come out and show support to your UWA Tigers as they continue to close out the season within good standings.
The Gulf South Conference Tournament is set for March sixth through the ninth and we look forward to the UWA Tigers competing until the final rounds! Mark your calendars so that the home atmosphere that is here can be taken to Birmingham in support of our teams.

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