Sunday, November 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Four Lady Jaguars scored in double figures on Sunday afternoon, handing the previously undefeated Coastal Georgia Mariners their first loss of the season, 78-63, in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The victory moved ASU to 4-0 on the season and Coastal Georgia 6-1.
“I am very pleased with the team effort this afternoon,” said Head Coach Nate Teymer. “We have six seniors and we really drew on their experience.”
Junior Jemimah Ashby tied for the game lead in points with 19, while claiming four steals and three assists. Senior Eryka Menzies booked 11 points, while transfers Tanchelle Hollingsworth and Taylor Ayers notched 10 points each. Senior Brittany White handed out a game-high seven assists and contributed four steals, and junior guard Becky Newhouse nabbed a game-high five steals.
Coastal Georgia was led by Maria Marshall’s 19 points and game high 14 rebounds. Junior guard Courtney Saunds contributed 13 points and five boards.
The first half went back and forth as both teams built six point advantages, but could not take control of the game. The first half ended in a 39-39 tie, after Newhouse was fouled driving to the lane for a layup. She made the free throw to tie game and lead both squads to the locker room. The Lady Jags started the second half with five unanswered points, only to see the Mariners fight back to take the lead.
The Lady Jags regained the lead at the 10:07 mark, on a layup by senior forward Tiffany Jaecks, beginning a 13-1 run that sealed the win. The victory was sparked by ASU’s 11 steals in the second half.
“We trailed for much of the game, but we did move the ball more in the second half and attacked the basket,” Teymer said.
ASU shot 52 percent for the game and 61 percent in the second half, compared to the Mariners’ 44 percent on the game. ASU’s defense created 28 turnovers, including 17 steals, while committing 13 of their
own and was outrebounded 40 to 27 in the win.
“We have won all four of our games, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize and stay focused,” Teymer said. “We have to play each game one at a time.”
ASU finishes its three-game home stand Wednesday, Nov. 28, hosting Benedict at 5:30 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
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