With its 70-57 loss to Armstrong Atlantic State on Thursday, the Georgia Regents women fell from their perch.
Entering the contest, the Jaguars led the Peach Belt Conference East Division by a game in the loss column. Now, there’s a four-way tie as teams enter the final month of the regular season.
“I think in the final week, you won’t even be able to predict who the No. 1 seed is going to be in the East,” Georgia Regents coach Nate Teymer said. “It’s going to be one of those things where you play out that whole week.”
A short-handed Jaguars squad, missing two starters, got pounded on the glass against the Pirates. Armstrong Atlantic State’s Brigitta Barta dominated, with a game-high 23 points and 13 boards.
Georgia Regents played without the team’s leading scorer, Jemimah Ashby, the only Jaguar in double digits with a 14.0 scoring average. Also, center Kelsey Fynaardt sat out. Teymer said both missed the game because of “medical reasons” – he didn’t specify – and that both would return soon.
With those players out, Georgia Regents shot 39 percent from the field and lost the rebounding battle, 45-22. Brooke McCants posted a season-high 17 points, while Tavia Sykes added 11.
Georgia Regents (9-8, 5-5) is now tied in the loss column with Armstrong Atlantic State (12-6, 7-5), Flagler and Francis Marion for first place in the East. With nine games remaining, anything can happen.
“It’s one of those things where you take some lumps and you have to make sure you stay the course,” Teymer said. “Any night in the East, anybody can beat anybody. We’ve got to make sure when it’s our opportunity to come and take advantage of it, and tonight we didn’t take advantage of it.”