Augusta State women's basketball team opens season tonight

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In his first year at the helm, Nate Teymer brought a level of respectability back to the Augusta State women’s team.

The Lady Jaguars won seven games more than the previous season. Still, Teymer’s not satisfied with the slight turnaround.

“It’s an improvement, but it’s not where we want to be,” he said. “We want to be competing for a Peach Belt championship year after year.”

Augusta State, which opens its season with its 5:30 home game tonight against Paine, will try to continue to build upon last year. With nine newcomers, the Lady Jaguars will try to make a move up the Peach Belt Conference.

“Talent-wise, I feel like we’re better,” Teymer said. “It’s just trying to get that talent to work together.”

Last season, Augusta State finished 8-18, including a pair of league wins. Starting no players taller than 5-foot-10 last year, the Lady Jaguars struggled shooting the ball (37 percent from the floor) and had issues rebounding (-10.1 margin). This year, Teymer brought in 6-foot-1 junior center Laci Schreiber (Kansas City Community College) and 5-11 junior forward Tiffany Jaecks (Iowa Western Community College) to help improve those numbers. Also, 6-3 junior center Marina Fox (Iowa Western) will provide depth in the frontcourt.

Senior point guard Amber Peterson, who transferred in from Southwest Minnesota State, will lead the backcourt. Sophomore transfer Becky Newhouse (Johnson County Community College) is expected to start at shooting guard, while returners Eryka Menzies and Jemimah Ashby will vie for time at small forward.

AUGUSTA STATE LADY JAGUARS

HEAD COACH: Nate Teymer, second season

2010-11 RECORD: 8-18

KEY RETURNERS: F Jemimah Ashby (So., 7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg), G Brooke McCants (So., 5.7 ppg, 2.1 apg), G Eryka Menzies (Jr., 5.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS: C Marina Fox (Jr.-TR), PG Amber Peterson (Sr.-TR), SG Becky Newhouse (So.-TR), PF Tiffany Jaecks (Jr.-TR), C Laci Schreiber (Jr.-TR)

NOTES: Four newcomers will start for Augusta State, which will try to improve upon last year’s field-goal shooting (37 percent) and rebounding margin (-10.1).

OUTLOOK: Teymer added nine players. Expect to see improvement over last year, but the Lady Jags are a long way from competing with the Peach Belt elite.

– Chris Gay, staff writer

2011-12 SCHEDULE

• Tonight: Paine, 5:30

• Tuesday: West Georgia, 6

• Nov. 25: vs. Elizabeth City State (Ettrick, Va.), 5

• Nov. 26: at Virginia State, 4

• Nov. 30: at Clark Atlanta, 6

• Dec. 3: at Francis Marion, 1:30

• Dec. 10: North Greenville, 2

• Dec. 14: at Flagler, 5:30

• Dec. 19: at Converse, 6

• Dec. 31: Erskine, 2

• Jan. 4: Armstrong, 5:30

• Jan. 7: North Georgia, 5:30

• Jan. 11: Lander, 5:30

• Jan. 14: at Clayton State, 5:30

• Jan. 16: at USC Aiken, 5:30

• Jan. 18: at Georgia College, 5:30

• Jan. 21: Georgia Southwestern, 5:30

• Jan. 23: Columbus State, 5:30

• Jan. 25: UNC Pembroke, 5:30

• Jan. 28: at Montevallo, 2:30

• Feb. 4: Flagler, 1:30

• Feb. 8: at UNC Pembroke, 5:30

• Feb. 11: Francis Marion, 1:30

• Feb. 15: USC Aiken, 5:30

• Feb. 22: at Lander, 5:30

• Feb. 25: at Armstrong, 5:30


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