Defensive-minded Braves stop Clark Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – November 23, 2005 – The defense rolls on for West Georgia, as the Braves held Clark Atlanta to just 18 percent from the floor Wednesday night en route to a 64-34 win over the Lady Panthers at the VWH Gym on the CAU Campus.

The Braves came out strong, holding Clark Atlanta to just three points over the first 12 minutes of the contest while building a 19-3 lead on the Lady Panthers.

West Georgia maintained a double-digit lead for nearly the entire first half, with the largest advantage coming with three seconds left before halftime. On the play, Prinsha Williams missed a three-pointer with 12 ticks remaining on the clock. UWG’s Doville Gulbinaite grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass. Alexis Pace found Rachelle Washington wide-open in transition with three seconds left for a layup that put the Braves up 32-14 going into the locker room.

Clark Atlanta hit the first two shots of the second half, cutting the lead to 14 before West Georgia jumped into fifth gear. The Braves outscored CAU by a 32-20 count over the final 20 minutes to take home the victory.

Tai Ellis led the way on the night with 17 points and seven rebounds. Gulbinaite pulled down nine boards to up her season average to 8.7 per game. Three other Braves scored at least seven points on the night, led by Kim Bass’ eight points and five rebounds. Natasha Liggins and Yvonne Killings added seven points apiece to lead UWG. Liggins was also very effective at the point, dishing out eight assists.

West Georgia, at 2-1 on the year now, hosts the Gulf South/Peach Belt Conference Challenge this weekend. The Braves play Clayton State on Friday at 3 p.m. and Columbus State on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the HPE Building.

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