Lions can't find rhythm

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Home hasn't felt like home yet this season for the Paine women.

For the second time in three days, the Lady Lions fell hard at Carter Gym. Kentucky State dominated the boards Monday night in a 70-43 win.

After struggling in a 94-70 loss to Lane on Saturday, the Lady Lions came out cold again. Paine (1-3, 1-2) drained just six first-half field goals, shooting 29 percent before intermission.

Kentucky State (2-3, 2-1) shot 53 percent in the first half to open a large lead at halftime. The Thorobrettes won the battle down low, took 11 more shots in the first 20 minutes and led 44-21 at halftime.

Jessica Vaughn posted a double-double for Kentucky State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Vaughn, a 5-foot-6 guard, helped the Thorobrettes post a 47-31 rebounding edge.

Kentucky State swept the Lady Lions last season, allowing 38 and 43 points in their two meetings. Again, Paine struggled to find the basket, shooting 33 percent from the floor.

The Lady Lions, who entered the night last in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Confer-ence in turnovers, committed 30. The mistakes, combined with continued poor shooting, never allowed Paine to pull close in the second half.

Shanee' Butler was the lone Paine player in double digits, scoring 17 points.

The Paine women return to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when they play city rival Augusta State at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Lady Lions have not defeated the Lady Jaguars since 2003, a five-game losing skid.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.


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