All four University of West Alabama women’s basketball seniors scored in their final game at Pruitt Hall, as the Tigers (13-14, 8-4 Gulf South Conference) defeated Montevallo, 79-62, on Saturday afternoon. All 11 UWA players scored in the contest, led by 19 points by Valerie Harris, who also recorded a team-leading seven rebounds.
Dominique Whitfield and Danielle Baldwin each totaled 12 points to round out the double digit producers for UWA. Ashton Washington led the seniors in scoring with six points, as Jessica Thompson added five with two a piece coming from Irimar Hernandez and Ayonna Procter.
After having their double digit lead cut to seven with 11:30 remaining, UWA used a 12-0 run to reach its largest lead of the contest, 19 points, led by six points from Whitfield during the streak, to break the game open for the Tigers. UM (6-21, 2-10 GSC) cut the lead down to as many as 14 points, but the Red and White allowed the Lady Falcons no closer, winning by 17 points.
UM and UWA exchanged leads in the early going of the contest before the Tigers took a five point lead with just over 10 to play in the opening half. The Tigers extended their lead to double digits, 11 points; behind a 9-3 run that was capped by Whitfield. UM cut into the Tiger margin behind a 9-4 dash, cutting the deficit to six points, 32-26, with 3:54 remaining in the first half, but a 10-5, answering run by UWA pushed the lead back out to double figures at the intermission.
West Alabama returns to action on Thursday, March 6, as the Tigers, who clinched the #3 seed in the East, will face #10 Arkansas Tech, the #2 seed from the West, in the Quarterfinals of the GSC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.