Augusta State women continue to struggle

Columbus State 51, Augusta State 41

Augusta State women’s coach Nate Teymer believes his team is close to turning the corner, though it didn’t show Monday night.

With another slow start, the Lady Jaguars fell to Columbus State 51-41 at Christenberry Field­house.

“I feel like we’re there,” Teymer said. “We’ve got to start beating some teams. Hopefully that starts Wednesday.”

The Lady Jaguars (8-10, 3-7) lost their second in a row at home after notching a key road win Wednesday night at Georgia College & State.

This time, Augusta State struggled to score points out of the gate, making just two field goals in the final 13 minutes before intermission and finishing with a season-low 11 points in the first half.

“The story of us with conference games at home is we start off slow in the first half,” Teymer said. “We have to understand we can’t do that.”

The Lady Jaguars lost their seventh in a row to the Lady Cougars. Columbus State (10-7, 5-3) denied Augusta State a chance to win its most games in a season since 2007-08. Dominique Gilbert led the Lady Cougars with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Jemimah Ashby and Tiffany Jaecks each scored 10 points to lead the Lady Jaguars.

Augusta State shot 31 percent from the field and attempted only two free-throw shots in the entire game.

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