Jaguar women struggle, fall to Patriots

Francis Marion 52, Georgia Regents 45

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Georgia Regents guard Becky Newhouse (left) steals the ball as teammate Lonna Turner (center right, on floor) collides with Francis Marion's Alaysia Watts during the first half of Francis Marion's Peach Belt Conference victory Thursday.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Georgia Regents guard Becky Newhouse (left) steals the ball as teammate Lonna Turner (center right, on floor) collides with Francis Marion's Alaysia Watts during the first half of Francis Marion's Peach Belt Conference victory Thursday.

After an almost two-week absence, the Georgia Regents women posted their worst game of the season Thursday night.

The Jaguars got off to a slow start and never recovered, falling to Francis Marion, 52-45.

Georgia Regents (6-4, 2-1) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as the team shot a season-worst 28 percent from the field and posted its fewest points in a game this season. The Jaguars shot 5 for 28 in the first half and never led after intermission.

“I felt like we weren’t in rhythm at all,” Georgia Regents coach Nate Teymer said. “We had a lot of open looks and missed them. We forgot how to run our offense some in the first half.”

In their first action since Dec. 21, the Jaguars made only 3 of 17 3-pointers and got little scoring production.

Georgia Regents leading scorer Jemimah Ashby, who entered with a 14.7 scoring average, failed to score in double digits for the first time this season. The senior forward finished with 8 points on 2 for 9 shooting with one rebound, one assist and two turnovers.

“Once she started missing, she started pressing,” Teymer said. “I think she had a frustrating game.”

Francis Marion (7-2, 2-1) shot 33 percent from the field, but it won the rebounding battle, 44-40. Dee Gray led the Patriots with 10 points and 14 boards.


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