Lady Jags Defeat Lady Lions 81-59

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State used a strong second half to earn an 81-59 non-conference victory over Paine College Saturday night in Carter Gymnasium.

The victory was the seventh straight in the series for the Lady Jaguars, who improved to 2-2 with the victory. The loss dropped Paine to 0-4 on the season.

ASU junior guard/forward Nicole Mealing netted 18 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double in the first five games. Junior guard Brittany Jarrard posted a season-high 15 points while junior Jasmine Godwin and sophomore Kenisha Sheppard come off the bench to book 12 and 10 points, respectively. Junior point guard Eboni Davis handed out seven assists.

LaKeisha Bell netted a game-high 20 points for Paine and added 11 rebounds. Shanee’ Butler had 12 points and Brittany Pevey chipped in 10.

ASU, which outscored the hosts 50-24 in the second half, outrebounded the Lady Lions 49-39 and forced 26 turnovers.

Paine jumped ahead early in the first half and owned the lead for nearly the entire period. The Lady Lions got 23 points from Bell and Butler and outshot ASU 51.9 percent to 25.0 percent over the first 20 minutes.