September 23

Game Notes: UWF concludes regular season at VSU

first_imgVALDOSTA, Ga. – The West Florida women’s basketball team travels to Valdosta, Ga. for its final game of the regular season against Valdosta State. The Argonauts have clinched the No. 2 seed in the GSC Tournament and the Lady Blazers have clinched the No. 6 seed. The teams are playing for bragging rights and for a chance to improve their seeding in the NCAA South Region rankings.UWF defeated VSU 66-53 Jan. 17 in the first meeting between the teams in Pensacola, Fla. Last season, the teams split the regular season series, each winning a game on their home court. UWF is 11-3 at home and 7-4 on the road this year, and VSU is 10-5 at home.  South Region RankingsUWF remained No. 5 in the second set of NCAA Regional Rankings announced by the NCAA Selection Committee. The three champions of the Gulf South, Sunshine State and Southern Intercollegiate Athletics conferences receive automatic bids, and five additional at-large bids are awarded based on the rankings. The top seed selected in the rankings is given the opportunity to host the NCAA South Regional Tournament. UWF was the second-highest ranked team from the GSC in the rankings, behind No. 1 Union and ahead of No. 9 Delta State. Meyer earns 2nd GSC FOWCourtney Meyer was named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. A UWF player has now earned the award nine times this season. Toni Brewer won it seven times. In two games last week, Meyer totaled 12 points and 16 rebounds and played strong defense, totaling six blocks and two steals. Approaching the Record BooksToni Brewer has 231 total rebounds this season. She needs 12 more to tie for 10th in rebounds in a single-season in school history. She is also averaging 9.2 rebounds per game. She needs at least 9.3 to tie for 10th.Brianna Williams has 68 steals this season. She needs three more to tie for 10th in a single season. She needs nine more to tie for 10th in a career with 130.UWF is also looking to advance to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

August 13

Bon voyage, Bao Bao! National Zoo panda heads to China soon

first_imgWASHINGTON | The National Zoo says 3-year-old panda Bao Bao will fly to China this month. The zoo tweeted Monday that Bao Bao will move to China on Feb. 21. The zoo recently announced a celebration of Bao Bao starting Feb. 16 in anticipation of her departure.The zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association requires all cubs born at the zoo move to China by the time they turn 4 years old. Bao Bao turns 4 on Aug. 23.Bao Bao is the first surviving cub born at the zoo since 2005. Older brother Tai Shan left for China in 2010. Their mother, Mei Xiang, has since had a third surviving cub, Bei Bei, who was born on Aug. 22, 2015. FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington in Washington. The National Zoo says 3-year-old panda Bao Bao is heading to China this month. The zoo tweeted Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that Bao Bao will fly to China on Feb. 21. The zoo recently announced a celebration of Bao Bao starting Feb. 16 in anticipation of her departure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)last_img read more