UWF Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to Florida Southern 77-68

first_img Share Nov. 16, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Women’s basketball team trailed by a much as 18 points early in the second half, then rallied to get within 68-63 with 2:23 remaining, but fell short by a 77-68 score. The action at the UWF Fieldhouse was part of the 2007 Comfort Inn Tip-off Classic. In the early going, the Argos hung close, but with the score at 20-17, the Mocs reeled off 14 straight points to go up 34-17, and West Florida could never recover. Every time the Argos pulled close in the second half, Florida Southern was able to respond with a key basket.Sophomore Dominique Boykins (Houston, Tex.) had a strong night for West Florida with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Guard Chelsea Patterson (Largo, Fla.), playing her first game as an Argonaut, had the game high of 20 points. However, their efforts came up just a bit short, as Chelsea Johnson hit four three pointers for 19 total points to keep Florida Southern ahead all night.Karmeshia Easley (Sr. / Mobile, Ala.) kept the Argos close in the first half as she scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half. However, she didn’t get much help as the Argos shot only 27% in the first half, while Florida Southern shot 48%. Florida Southern led 43-27 at halftime. The Argos shot better in the second half and outscored the Mocs 41-34. When West Florida closed the gap to 68-63, a three pointer from Alexis Boorde, followed by a jumper by Johnson pushed the lead back up to 10 points.With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Argos had closed the lead to 65-57 and had two chances for a layup, but missed. Immediately after that, a Florida Southern fast break led to a Mocs layup, and they pushed the lead back to ten. That seemed to be the big momentum stop, that may have prevented a brilliant comeback.Senior Tara Russ (Lake Park, Fla.) had nine points and seven rebounds for West Florida, while Amy Drake (So. / Niceville, Fla.) came off the bench to add five points. Samantha Schlaegel (Sr. / Port Huron, Mich.) came off the bench to pull down six rebounds; however, the Argos as a team were out-rebounded by the Mocs 52-40.In the first game of the Comfort Inn Tip off classic, West Georgia defeated Ouachita Baptist 72-60. The tournament continues on Saturday as West Georgia and Florida Southern play at 4:00 pm, followed by West Florida vs. Ouachita Baptist at 6:00 pm. Print Friendly Version UWF Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to Florida Southern 77-68last_img