Jemimah Ashby posted her best scoring game of the year for Georgia Regents.
But what the Jaguars senior did at the end of regulation proved to be costly.
With her team leading in the final seconds of regulation, Ashby was called for a technical foul and Georgia Regents went on to lose to Columbus State, 75-62, in overtime.
The Jaguars (9-12, 5-9) suffered their sixth consecutive loss, dropping their 10th game in 13 contests since Jan. 2. With four games remaining, Georgia Regents trails fourth place by a half-game in the Peach Belt East Division standings – the top four teams advance to the conference tournament.
“We’ve got three games against teams that are tied with us or one game ahead of us,” Georgia Regents coach Nate Teymer said. “So we definitely have a chance.”
The Jaguars looked like they were going to snap their losing streak. Georgia Regents led by one when Columbus State’s Tae Smith missed a go-ahead jumper. Ashby grabbed the rebounded with 4.7 seconds remaining and got fouled. Before she had a chance to shoot two free throws and possibly put her team ahead three, Ashby slammed the ball down, the ball bouncing about 10 feet in the air. Officials called her for a technical.
Columbus State’s Kayla Richards then swished two fouls shots to put her team ahead one. Ashby, who scored a game-high 22 points, then made just one of two free-throw attempts to tie the game.
“The officials said it doesn’t matter if it’s jubilation or if it’s out of frustration. If the ball goes flying in the air it’s a technical,” Teymer said. “I think it was a celebration thing, but you don’t celebrate until there’s all zeroes on the clock.”
In overtime, Georgia Regents missed all six shots and was outscored 13-0. Columbus State (16-5, 11-4) was led Asha Alexander, who scored 20 points, and Smith (18 points).