With his basketball players looking like zombies Sunday, Georgia Regents women’s coach Nate Teymer brought the brimstone and the fire.
After Teymer’s pep talk early in the second half, Jemimah Ashby took over, scoring 17 points after intermission as the Jaguars rallied for a 63-54 win over UNC Pembroke at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Georgia Regents, which plays four of its next five on the road, improved to 7-4 (3-1 Peach Belt Conference). The Jaguars bounced back from a slow start after Teymer called a timeout and lit into his team six minutes into the second half.
“I think everybody on our team has heart,” Ashby said. “Once we come out with energy, we can beat anybody.”
Georgia Regents trailed by 13 with 13:45 to go when Ashby got going. She started the comeback with a layup. Then, the senior forward swished a 14-foot jumper. Later, Ashby drained two free throws to trim the deficit to 42-37.
With the Jaguars trailing 52-49, Ashby continued her dominance. Her 3-pointer with 3:50 to go tied the game. Sixteen seconds later, she gave the Jaguars their first lead with a pair of foul shots. UNC Pembroke’s Kierra Haney evened the score with a layup, then Ashby knocked down a7-foot, turnaround jumper.
After a Kelsey Fynaardt free throw, Ashby canned a 17-foot jumper from the top of the key. Georgia Regents led 59-54 with 1:21 remaining.
“Our girls kind of look at her to get things going on the offensive end,” Teymer said of Ashby. “They see that in practice every day. It’s always good when she’s playing well for us.”