Clayton State women have what it takes to repeat as national champs

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WHO'S HOT

Clayton State women. The defending national champions don’t look like they’re ready to surrender their title anytime soon. The Laker women (15-1) have won 12 in a row and are undefeated in Peach Belt Conference play.

WHO'S NOT

Georgia Southwestern men. The Hurricanes, winless in league play, were picked to win the Peach Belt in a preseason coaches poll. Right now, they won’t even make the tournament.

MEA CULPA

In the Jan. 8 edition of The Augusta Chronicle, the reporter incorrectly identified the person Harold Doby got in a confrontation with in the Augusta State basketball story. The player was North Georgia’s Scott Windom. The Chronicle regrets the error.

THE SLAP

After video review, Doby’s “slap” was more of a push to the face. Nonetheless, you’re not allowed to respond that way. When basketball players hear smack talk, they need to handle themselves the way comedians handle hecklers. One suggestion: “Yo Mama” retorts.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Augusta State at USC Aiken at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 (men) Monday at the convocation center. The Pacers are 4-0 in the regular season against the Jaguars at home since the opening of their arena in 2007. The Lady Pacers and Lady Jaguars are 2-2.

MEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (7-6, 3-2): Doby returns for tonight’s road game at Clayton State.

Paine (7-4, 6-3): Lions next to last in the league with 18.9 turnover rate.

USC Aiken (10-2, 4-0): Huge three-game stretch for Pacers in five days.

WOMEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (7-6, 2-3): Lady Jaguars lost their past three in league play and now face Clayton State and USC Aiken in a three-day span.

Paine (3-9, 3-5): Lady Lions last in league 3-point attempts, but they’re second in 3-point percentage

USC Aiken (11-1, 4-0): Lady Pacers lead league in field-goal percentage (.461).


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