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Gulf Coast returns home for Pensacola State

By The News Herald

The Gulf Coast women’s and men’s basketball teams return to action Wednesday as Pensacola State comes into the Billy Harrison Field House for a doubleheader. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Commodores (16-3 overall, 4-2 in the Panhandle Conference) come in ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll and No. 2 in the state, while the Lady Pirates (14-7, 0-5) are No. 7 in the state.

Gulf Coast is coming off of its biggest win of the season after knocking off then-No. 1 Northwest Florida State on Saturday in Niceville, with the Lady Commodores using a 16-4 fourth quarter run to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit.

Brittany Davis scored 19 points to lead Gulf Coast and is leading the Lady Commodores in league play with 18.7 points per game. Alexus Dye is also putting in 17.8 points and 10.3 points per league contest while shooting 56.9 percent from the field. Astou Gaye is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds against Panhandle competition.

Gulf Coast won the previous meeting between the teams 71-59 on Jan. 12 in Pensacola. The Lady Pirates are still searching for their first Panhandle victory, most recently losing to Northwest Florida State 69-57 on Jan. 23.

Brandi Washington is leading Pensacola State with 18 points per game in conference play, with Kaiya Burnett putting in 11.8 points per league contest. Daja Woodward is also averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds against Panhandle competition.

On the men’s side, it’s a matchup of the fourth and fifth place teams in the league standings, with the Commodores (12-11, 0-6) still looking for their first Panhandle win and the Pirates (13-9, 1-4) trying to keep GC alone in the conference cellar.

Gulf Coast is coming off of an 81-58 loss at Northwest Florida State on Saturday, while the Pirates lost to the Raiders 80-61 in their last outing. Pensacola State’s only Panhandle victory so far came against the Commodores 66-56.

Pensacola State has a balanced offensive attack, with De’monte Nelson leading the Pirates in Panhandle play with 13.6 points per game, followed by Yeikson Montero (12.8), Mike McDougal (11.6), Isaiah Williams (9.5), and Shawndarius Cowart (9.0).

Cameron Holden has been the top scorer for Gulf Coast in league play with 18.3 points per game, followed by Reggie Rivera (13.7), Jacolbey Owens (11.0), and Jerrel Kelly (8.7). The Commodores are being outscored by 13 points per league contest, scoring an average of 67.5 points and surrendering 80.5.


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