Falcons drop heartbreaker to West Georgia in home opener

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team fell to the University of West Georgia 62-57 despite leading most of the game Nov. 15 in its home opener.

The Falcons (1-1) took control early in the first half, but a late run by the Wolves gave West Georgia a one-point halftime lead. Montevallo again took the early lead in the second half before a late run by the Wolves ended the Falcons’ hopes of a victory.

Senior Tiffany McClure led the Falcons with 12 points and four rebounds, while junior Zena Nasiloski fell just shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Shavonne Seymore also chipped in nine points while adding seven rebounds. Junior Teanna Boxley and freshman Taylor Beverly each added eight points.

The Falcons shot 51.2 percent from the field while holding West Georgia to just 38.2 percent. The difference came in turnovers and free throws. The Falcons had 33 turnovers and shot just 44 percent from the charity stripe. The Wolves shot the same amount of free throws, 25, as the Falcons but made six more which accounted for the five-point victory.

Montevallo dominated the boards as the Falcons grabbed 40 rebounds compared to West Georgia’s 28.

The Falcons opened the game with a 12-3 run and held the lead until the 2:18 mark when a West Georgia 3-pointer put the Wolves up by one. Montevallo retook the lead with 39 seconds left but a basket by West Georgia with 14 seconds left in the half gave the Wolves a 30-29 halftime lead.

After the Wolves made the first two baskets of the second half, the Falcons went on an 8-0 run to take a 37-34 lead with 14:54 to play. Montevallo led by as many as five points in the second half but a 12-1 run by the Wolves beginning at the 5:15 mark and ending at the 30 second mark gave the Wolves a 60-54 lead. Montevallo was able to cut the lead to just three points with seven seconds on the clock, but a missed free throw ended Montevallo’s chances as the Wolves made a pair of free throws in the final five seconds to take a 62-57 victory.

The Falcons will return to action Friday, Nov. 18 as they travel to the University of West Florida for the Argonauts’ Tip-Off Classic.