Sixty points marked the magic number Scott Groninger was shooting for on Thursday night.

And even though the University of West Georgia women's head basketball coach watched his team come up just shy of that figure, he received an even more important stat — a Gulf South Conference 'W.'

And the victory will go down as a memorable one for Groninger in notching the 100th of his UWG career.

Facing a defensive-oriented Delta State squad at Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland, Mississippi, the Wolves grinded out a 55-46 victory to improve to 12-9 overall and 8-6 in league play.

On a night where West Georgia shot just 30.8 percent from the field, the Wolves used solid rebounding and excellent free-throw shooting to secure the nine-point margin over the Lady Statesmen (8-12, 6-8).

The Wolves pulled down 55 total rebounds on the night, including 20 on the offensive end, while the Lady Statesmen recorded just 39 boards. UWG turned its 20 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points. At the charity stripe, West Georgia shot 85.7 percent by going 12-of-14.

In a game that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes, the Wolves began to pull away late in the second half after falling behind by a 15-9 count through one quarter of play.

Leading by one point entering the fourth period, West Georgia dominated the final 10 minutes, outscoring DSU 15-7 to build a double-digit lead just under the four-minute mark.

Jessica Brown led West Georgia with 13 points and nine rebounds, while A'Kia Harris added 10 points and eight boards and De'Ashia Jones finished with 10 rebounds and D'Asia Cain pulled down eight in her return to the lineup.

UWG remains on the road with a 3 p.m. matchup against Mississippi College on Saturday in Clinton.

West Georgia men 70, Delta State 64: The Wolves (10-11, 5-9 GSC) captured their first road win of the season in the six-point decision over the Statesmen (9-13, 7-7) on Thursday night in Cleveland, Mississippi.

After falling in an early 5-0 hole, the Wolves went on a 17-4 run and carried that momentum into a 37-29 halftime advantage behind the hot hand of guards Marquill Smith and William Sides, who combined for 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including a 6-of-9 clip from beyond the arc, with Smith tallying 14 points and Sides sitting on 11 at the break. Point guard Aren Ulmer had a nice floor game with seven assists to only one turnover in 17 minutes of first-half action.

DSU rallied back to take a one-point lead midway through the second half, but the Wolves answered by closing the game on a 13-7 run over the final 5:26 of the contest to pull out the win.

Sides led UWG with 20 points, while Smith added 19, Paul Turner finished with 15 and Karlos Odum chipped in 13. P.J. Davis powered DSU with 22 points and seven rebounds.

The Wolves continue their Mississippi road swing with a 5 p.m. tip against Mississippi College on Saturday.

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