Augusta State held the nation’s leading scorer in check, but it wasn’t enough.
The Lady Jaguars suffered their worst shooting night of the year and fell to North Georgia, 57-45.
Lady Saints forward Jaymee Carnes entered averaging 27.8 points and 12.2 rebounds a game. She shot 7 for 17 from the field for 21 points. Carnes added 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.
“I thought we did a good job on her,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said. “The 21 points she got, she earned them. When you’re dealing with a good player like her, she’s going to get hers.”
The Lady Jaguars held North Georgia to 39 percent shooting from the field and forced 21 turnovers. But offense, or lack thereof, was a major issue.
Augusta State shot a season-low 25 percent from the field, missing countless layups and other shots around the basket. Center Laci Schreiber had difficulty trying to score around Carnes, making just 3 of 14 attempts for six points. Jemimah Ashby shot 3 for 17 from the field for six points, while Brittany White shot 3 for 10 for a team-high eight points.
“We really got some good looks. The ball just didn’t fall today,” Teymer said. “We still have a long ways to go. We’re probably going to have some more bad shooting nights. Hopefully, we’ll learn from this experience.”