The University of West Georgia women's basketball team used a lockdown fourth-quarter effort to pull away from Shorter for a 61-47 victory in the Gulf South Conference opener on Thursday night at the Winthrop-King Centre in Rome.

With the game knotted up at 42-all entering the final 10 minutes, the Wolves (4-2, 1-0 GSC) outscored the Hawks (1-5, 0-1) by a 19-5 count in the fourth to tip league play on a positive note.

UWG held Shorter to a 6-of-26 clip in the second half and an 18-of-56 mark overall from the floor, including a 3-of-21 showing from downtown.

West Georgia struggled with turnovers in the contest, committing 22 to just six assists, but it was efficient from the field and placed three scorers in double figures, led by Jessica Brown with 15 points and five boards, while Aysha Harris added 11 points, four rebounds and three steals and D'Asia Cain finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Wolves remain on the road with a 2 p.m. tip against Lee on Saturday in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Shorter men 69, West Georgia 66: The Wolves (3-3, 0-1) rallied from an early deficit to take a 33-29 lead into the break, but were outscored by seven over the final 20 minutes, sending the Hawks (1-7, 1-0) to their first win on the year.

Playing without one of its top performers Marquill Smith, UWG shot just 4-of-22 from 3-point range, but received a huge night from Williams Sides, who posted 23 points, while Greg James added 14. Shorter placed four scorers in double figures, led by TayVaughn Major with 20, while Josh Burnett posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Wolves will look to bounce back in a 4 p.m. tip at Lee on Saturday.

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