Nate Teymer. The Augusta State women’s basketball coach has led his program to a 20-win season – and to at least a share of the East Division title – three seasons after the Lady Jaguars went 1-26. Augusta State was picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches poll. If Teymer is not voted the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, there’s a bunch of morons in the league.
USC Aiken women. The injury to All-American forward Kayla Harris was a big blow in January, but the Lady Pacers absorbed the loss until recently. Standout guard Daniela Tarailo is being targeted by opponents, and USC Aiken has lost four of its past five games.
THE REGION TWO-STEP
So why exactly did the USC Aiken men fall to No. 2 behind Lincoln Memorial in the latest region poll after winning last week? It’s obvious the Pacers are playing well, and if they win today and then win the Peach Belt Tournament, the region committee cannot deny them holding the Southeast Regional at the convocation center.
Augusta State (13-12, 8-10): A win today locks up a spot in the Peach Belt Tournament. A loss ends the season.
Paine (14-14): Lions can dominate the SIAC next season, but they’ll need more size inside.
USC Aiken (19-6, 15-3): Pacers on verge of their fifth 20-win season the past six years.
Augusta State (20-5, 13-5): Lady Jaguars may need to reach 22 wins to lock up a Division II Tournament berth, though they appear to be in good shape.
Paine (12-16): Next step: Getting guard Ashley Watts more help, especially on the defensive end.
USC Aiken (19-6, 12-6): Had she not gotten injured, Harris would rank third in Peach Belt scoring (18.2).