Ashby leads Augusta State women past Coastal Georgia

Augusta State 78, Coastal Georgia 63

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Augusta State coach Nate Teymer watches his offense during a game against Coastal Georgia.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta State coach Nate Teymer watches his offense during a game against Coastal Georgia.

Jemimah Ashby can pinpoint why her team’s having early success.

With Augusta State’s 78-63 win Sunday over Coastal Georgia, the Lady Jaguars improved to 4-0 – the program’s best start in a decade.

“We’re definitely meshing together a lot better,” said Ashby, a junior forward. “Everybody knows what to expect from everyone. The chemistry’s a lot better than it has been.”

Ashby scored a team-high 19 points to lead an Augusta squad that’s won each of its four contests by double digits. The Lady Jaguars shot 61 percent in the second half, adding 24 assists and 17 steals. Eryka Menzies posted 11 points, while Tanchelle Hollingsworth and Taylor Ayers each had 10.

Coastal Georgia (6-1) got off to a hot start and led early in the second half. But the Mariner women shot 39 percent from the floor after intermission and struggled with their interior defense.

Early in the second half, Augusta State started attacking the basket and opened up a six-point lead. Then after a steal, Menzies rimmed in a three from the left corner to stake the Lady Jaguars to a 65-56 lead.

“We thought we could beat them off the dribble,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said. “Our problem in the first half was we were taking too many quick shots and not making them play defense. In the second half, we moved the ball better, attacked and got some more open looks.”


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