Augusta State women continue strong start

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 Taylor Ayers scored a team-high 13 points Wednesday night to help lead the Augusta State women to a 61-47 win over Benedict at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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Benedict guard Alexus Jones and Augusta State's Eryka Menzies dive for the loose ball in the first half at Christenberry Fieldhouse.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Benedict guard Alexus Jones and Augusta State's Eryka Menzies dive for the loose ball in the first half at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jaguars improved to 5-0, continuing their best start since the 2002-03 season.

“We’re handling our business,” Augusta State coach Nate Teymer said. “We’re doing what we’re supposed to do.

“Right now, we’re making some mistakes. But we’re doing some good things.”

The Lady Jaguars built a 15-point halftime lead at 36-21, but they committed eight of their 24 turnovers the first five minutes after intermission.

With the lead down to 10, Brooke McCants found Ayers down low for a layup. The bucket ignited a 12-0 run to push the lead to 51-29 with 10:28 remaining.

Benedict (2-3), led by Alexus Jones’ 13 points, shot 29 percent from the field and also went 5 for 14 from the foul line.

Augusta State is now off until Dec. 8, when it travels to play conference rival Lander, which advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division II Tournament last season.

The Lady Jaguars have lost eight in a row to the Lady Bearcats.

“Lander is traditionally one of the top teams in the Peach Belt, and they pressure a lot,” Teymer said.

“We really have to work on our turnovers, especially after tonight’s game. We’re not going to put any new stuff in. We just need to get better at what we’re doing.”


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