Wednesday, January 13, 2010
For the first time in nearly a month, the West Georgia Wolves will play at The Coliseum Thursday night with the men taking on Allen University’s Yellow Jackets at 5:30 p.m., followed by the women against North Greenville at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday's games are the first in a series of three home doubleheaders for the Wolves. On Saturday, West Georgia returns to GSC East Division play with a battle against West Florida, followed by another East contest with Alabama-Huntsville next Thursday night.
UWG women vs. North Greenville
Head coach Craig Roden and his women's squad have been undergoing an overhaul since the holiday break, mostly due to the addition of junior guards Whitley Mayberry and Marie Dowdell.
Dowdell was a member of the squad a year ago and was ineligible to compete until the Henderson State game on December 2. Since then, she is averaging four points and 5.3 rebounds per game. At 5-10, Dowdell presents a mismatch for most teams at the point guard spot.
Mayberry made a splash in her first game, playing just 10 minutes and scoring 13 points against Southern Arkansas in December. Since then, she has been averaging nearly 17 points per game and has been a shot in the arm for the UWG perimeter offense.
The Wolves have a tough opponent in North Greenville on Thursday despite the overall 5-8 record for the Crusaders. NGU returns with three guards from a year ago that scored in double-figures against West Georgia at North Greenville.
"North Greenville is a deceptive team," said Roden. "They have a good team that shoots the ball well, and we will have to work hard to take this one."
UWG men vs. Allen
The Wolves have only a couple of non-conference games remaining on their schedule, including Thursday night's contest with Allen. An NAIA program, the Yellow Jackets are visiting Carrollton for the second time in the Mike Cooney era. The first meeting was in the 2007-08 season with West Georgia winning 80-69.
The Wolves have had a roller coaster ride of a season that began with a 2-5 record followed by a five-game winning streak that ended with a loss to Henderson State on January 2. That loss started the current three-game slide that West Georgia hopes to end on Thursday night.
Entering Thursday's game, the Wolves have three players averaging double-figure scoring, led by senior forward John Pringle's 13.6 points per game. He is also the team's leading rebounder with 7.1 boards per contest.
A pair of shooters are the other double-figure scorers, with junior Vojin Svilar averaging 12.4 points per game, followed by Gavin Field and his 10.3 points per game.
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