One week after opening the season with a win over rival Paine, Augusta State’s women couldn’t replicate the performance.
The Lady Jaguars recorded more turnovers than field goals in a 59-56 loss to West Georgia on Tuesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Augusta State committed six of its 25 turnovers in the final 8:24 of the game. The Lady Jaguars couldn’t overcome the mistakes with their shooting, converting just 22 of 55 field-goal attempts (40 percent).
“It’s one of those things that hurt our momentum,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said of the turnovers. “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve really got to clean it up.”
West Georgia (2-1) led 35-31 at halftime and extended its lead to seven on a Kristen Delph layup with 5:11 remaining. The Lady Jaguars (1-1) chipped away at the lead. A Jemimah Ashby jumper with 2:08 left trimmed the margin to 59-56.
Ashby came off the bench to lead Augusta State with 16 points. Laci Schreiber added a team-high 11 rebounds.
“Jemimah played well. She knocked down some shots down the stretch,” Teymer said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting some other people consistent.”
Augusta State trailed by three and had the ball at midcourt with nine seconds left. Teymer called a timeout and got the play he wanted. Amber Peterson missed an open look at a game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds remaining.
The Lady Jaguars play six of their next seven games on the road. They return home for a contest against North Greenville, on Dec. 10.