The Augusta State women closed out their home slate in style Saturday afternoon.
Seniors Taylor Ayers and Tiffany Jaecks combined for 33 points on homecoming, pacing the Lady Jaguars to a 55-40 win over Francis Marion.
On Wednesday, Augusta State (19-5, 12-5) checked in eighth in the first Southeast Region poll of the season. With their fourth win in the past five games, the Lady Jaguars have assured themselves they will likely remain in the poll, if not climb a spot or two.
Augusta State also has put itself in a position to win the Peach Belt East Division if it closes with two wins this week. It’s a much different situation than last year when the team went 12-15.
“They’re all leaving at a time when the program is going in the right direction,” Lady Jaguars coach Nate Teymer said about his six seniors. “They can all be proud of that.”
Ayers added: “This season’s been fun. This year has been my best.”
Augusta State blew a 22-point lead in the second half in an overtime loss at Francis Marion in early January. The Lady Jaguars followed with 10 wins in their next 14 games.
In their overtime loss to the Patriot women, Augusta State allowed 81 points, the most points allowed in a game all season. This time, the Lady Jaguars shut Francis Marion’s offense down in their “Vegas” set, what Ayers describes as a modified 1-3-1 set. The Patriot women shot 28 percent from the field, scoring only 12 points in the first half.
Ayers paced Augusta State with 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Jaecks added a career-high 16 points. Senior Laci Schreiber added eight points and seven rebounds.