A trend of early season, back-and-forth battles for the Georgia Regents women’s basketball team spilled over into conference play Saturday night.
Despite trading buckets for much of the game, the Jaguars were able to pull away late for a 65-51 win over Lander at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Georgia Regents’ Tavia Sykes and Brooke McCants made consecutive 3-pointers around the four-minute mark to help pull away with a 10-2 run. The Jaguars’ biggest lead of 14 was the final score.
“When the teammates give you the ball, you do your best to make the shots,” Sykes said. “We kept up the intensity and didn’t get frazzled down the stretch.”
Sykes and Jemimah Ashby led Georgia Regents (4-3, 1-0 Peach Belt Conference) with 14 points each.
McCants added 12 points.
Becky Newhouse contributed across the board with four points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Jaguars.
The two teams were tied at 21 with seven minutes left in the first half.
Lander received one of its biggest leads at 25-21 with six minutes left in the half, but Georgia Regents responded with consecutive shots to take a 26-25 lead.
The Jaguars slowly built on their lead and held a 32-26 advantage at halftime.
Georgia Regents held a small lead for much of the second half. Sykes and McCants sparked the Jaguars in the final minutes, and they pulled away for a 12-point lead with 1:49 left.
“We handled the pressure from Lander and forced turnovers pretty well,” coach Nate Teymer said. “We limited runs. That was big. We did a good job of that.”
Georgia Regents went 22 for 28 from the free-throw line, compared with 9 for 15 by Lander (4-4, 0-1). The Jaguars held the Bearcats to 29 percent shooting in the second half.