By James Vallone
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ieshia Alexander established a new career high in points, 22, to help lead a second half charge for the Lady Hawks over the West Florida Argos to earn the Gulf South Conference game, 65-54.
West Florida got out to a hot start and led for the first 10 minutes, before Alexander hit a 3-point shot to give the Lady Hawks (6-4, 2-1 GSC) the 18-17 lead. Lynette Harris would tie the game at 20 less than a minute later, with Shorter entering the break up by one point, 29-28.
Alexander had eight points in the opening half as she neared her prior high in point of 12 – set on December 8 in the road game at Clark Atlanta. Alexander would surpass her single game high in the second half, scoring 14 points after the intermission on her way to the game high.
Karisma Boykin was the top scorer in the first half with 12 points, with both Boykin and Alexander connecting on a pair of 3-point shots in the opening half.
The second half would see the score tied at 33 after 2:25 played, when Lynette Harris made a layup coming off grabbing the offensive rebound. From this point until the end of the game, the lead was not challenged as the Lady Hawks would lead by as many as 11 points.
Boykin, the leading scorer on the season at 12.5 points per game, scored four second half points to total 16 on the game. Boykin also added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Harris pulled had a game high of nine rebounds to go along with six points. This was her fourth time this season to lead the Lady Hawks in rebounds.
Shelby Farrer scored in double digits for the second consecutive game, 11 points, while going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Farrer grabbed four rebounds and collected two steals.
Kristin Nash would dish out four assists, while grabbing four rebounds and registering three steals to go along with scoring eight points.
Hanna Vette scored 13 points for the Argos (3-8, 0-3 GSC), while Jasmine Wigfall and Emily Erland added 10 apiece. Toynetta Johnson scored four points and Jaymie Druding scored seven; both well below their season averages of 12.4 and 10.8 respectively.
The Lady Hawks will continue the GSC road trip with a game on December 5 versus Valdosta State. The Lady Blazers defeated fellow GSC member Alabama-Huntsville this evening, 54-51.