Lady Jaguars short on players, rhythm

With a laundry list of suspended players, Augusta State's women found themselves short-handed against UNC Pembroke on Wednesday night.


Despite Eboni Davis' career-high 21 points, the Lady Jaguars fell to the Lady Braves, 68-61, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

With three starters out, Augusta State played its fourth different starting lineup in the past seven games. The Lady Jaguars lost their fifth in a row to fall to 3-8 overall, 1-3 in conference play.

"If anything, we just weren't in a rhythm," Augusta State coach Tes Sobomehin said. "Certain people do certain things and they weren't in their normal places. I thought we could overcome it tonight."

The Lady Jaguars played without leading scorer and rebounder Nicole Mealing, who is averaging 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. She sat out the second game of a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Guard Brittany Hudson also sat out for the same reason, while guard Kenisha Sheppard, who started the past two games, is out for the rest of the season due to academic ineligibility.

On top of all that, senior center Sherika Parker was officially kicked off the team before Wednesday's game. Parker, Augusta State's leading rebounder last season, did not play a game this season.

"She did not want to be a part of the program," Sobomehin said. "She didn't display the commitment that I asked of her to be a part of this program."

Davis shot 7-for-8 from 3-point-range. She added six rebounds and five assists.

Jasmine Godwin scored in double digits for the third consecutive game, posting 18 points for the Lady Jaguars.

Augusta State lost the rebounding battle, 37-31.

UNC Pembroke grabbed 10 offensive rebounds. JaToya Kemp led the Lady Braves with 24 points and 12 boards.

"We give up a lot of offensive rebounds," Sobomehin said. "We've got to commit to playing better defense on every possession on every player."