Augusta State basketball officially ended Sunday night.
In their quest for a Division II Tournament berth, the Lady Jaguars learned their fate during the NCAA selection show. A No. 7 seed in the region, Augusta State dropped out of the eight-team regional after Mt. Olive came out of nowhere to win the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Sunday.
“It’s the first time in my coaching career my season ended on the recliner,” third-year Lady Jaguars coach Nate Teymer said. “I’m disappointed for our girls.”
Augusta State, which will play as Georgia Regents next season, finished with a 21-6 record, the Peach Belt East Division title and a No. 24 national ranking at the end of the regular season – the Lady Jaguars were the third-highest ranked region team. Augusta State also got upset by North Georgia in the Peach Belt quarterfinals – a loss that killed its season.
USC Aiken (21-7) and No. 1 Clayton State are the lone Peach Belt representatives. The Lady Pacers, the No. 5 seed, face Lenoir-Rhyne (19-9) in the first round.
The USC Aiken men will play host to the Southeast Regional for the first time. The Pacers (22-7) will face Belmont Abbey Saturday. The winner will advance to face the Limestone-Wingate winner Sunday.