No. 10 Lady Statesmen fall short for first GSC loss
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PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 10 Delta State University fell short to the Argos of the University West Florida to suffer their first conference loss of the season 65-58.

The Lady Statesmen slip to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in Gulf South Conference play, while West Florida improves to 11-5 on the season and 5-5 in league play.

The last meeting between the two squads at the West Florida Field House in Pensacola saw the Argos giving the Lady Statesmen one of their only conference losses of the 2012-13 season.

The first half was highlighted with fourteen lead changes and three ties.

A foul-plagued first half for the Lady Statesmen sent the Argos to the free throw line eight times, where they were a perfect 4-of-4.

Sophomore sensation Chelsey Rhodes was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field including a whopping 4-of-4 from downtown to combine for 14 points at the break.

Three unanswered UWF buckets in the last 1:30 gave the Argos a two-point advantage over Delta State to head into the locker room. DSU trailed 26-24 at the half for just the second time this season.

The intensity between the two teams continued into the second half, with West Florida maintaining the momentum.

The Argos opened the second half with an 11-4 run for a 37-28 advantage over the Lady Statesmen.

Fouls, as well as turnovers caused by UWF's pressure defense plagued the Lady Statesmen throughout the half.

The Green-and-White began to adjust to the press when Seneca Walton found Rhandi Ball under the basket for a break away goal to cut the lead to 39-33 at the 13:39 mark.

Ball had the hot hand for DSU with six points in two minutes and ten seconds, the score standing at 51-39 in favor of West Florida. Four made Delta State free throws from Rhodes and Anissa Jackson provided a spark for the Lady Statesmen to cut the lead to 53-44, with 6:36 remaining. DSU shots began to fall on back-to-back drives from Rhodes to cut the deficit to seven.

Trailing 59-50, a clutch fade away jumper from Seneca Walton put the momentum back in Delta State's possession with just under four minutes to play. A decisive 6-2 run by the Argos with 43 seconds left closed out the game for West Florida for the victory.

Rhodes led all scorers with 23 points, while Walton recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards. Ball added 10 points to join Rhodes and Walton in double figures. Anissa Jackson chipped in with seven points to help the DSU cause.

Tessah Holt led the Argos with 20 points, Jenny Menz had 12 points and Jasmine Wigfall chipped in with nine points in the win.

The Lady Statesmen outshot the Argos from the field 41.5 percent to 40 percent. The difference maker was West Florida's 15 offensive rebounds to Delta State's 10.

DSU returns home to Walter Sillers Coliseum on Thursday to take on the Tigers of West Alabama. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.