Augusta State women down Flagler in OT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Taylor Ayers scored the go-ahead basket with 47 seconds left and the Augusta State women edged Flagler 71-68 on Saturday to win the Peach Belt Conference East Division outright.

The Lady Jaguars (21-5, 14-5) had clinched at least a share of the title with a victory over USC Aiken on Wednesday.

On Saturday, they tied the 1992-93 and 2003-04 teams for the most regular-season wins in school history.

Ayers, a former Laney standout, and Tanchelle Hollingsworth led Augusta State with 16 points each. Laci Schreiber added 10. Becky Newhouse had a team-high eight rebounds. Brittany White had seven assists and six steals.

Flagler’s Shorty Spencer led all scorers with 27 points. Jen Knurek added 22 points for the Saints (14-12, 10-9).

The Lady Jaguars will play North Georgia in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Lumpkin Center in Columbus, Ga.


In Pembroke, N.C., Porsha Martin scored 19 points and Daniela Tarailo added 18 as USC Aiken (20-6, 13-6 Peach Belt) closed out the regular season with a victory over UNC Pembroke (12-16, 6-13).

Martin added nine rebounds and four assists for the Lady Pacers, who have now won 20 or more games in six of the past seven seasons. Tarailo was 7 of 12 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Tiffani Moody finished with 13 rebounds, 12 points and a career-best seven blocks. She also had four assists.

The Lady Pacers will play host Columbus State at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.


In Pembroke, N.C., George Blakeney had 21 points and 15 rebounds as UNC Pembroke (21-8, 14-5) defeated Peach Belt regular-season champion USC Aiken (19-7, 15-4).

Paul Larsen led USC Aiken with 21 points. Santoine Butler, a former Cross Creek standout, added 17.

The Pacers will play Clayton State at 1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in Columbus, Ga.

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