Originally created 03/02/00

Lady Jaguars eliminated early



GREENWOOD, S.C. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team prides itself on defense.

On Wednesday night, though, No. 11 Kennesaw State scored seemingly at will.

The South Division's top-seeded Lady Owls hit on 16 of their first 19 shots and shot a tournament record 60 percent from the field as they rolled to a 98-65 win over the Lady Jaguars in the first round of the PBAC Tournament at Finis Horne Arena.

"Kennesaw State is the best shooting team in the league," Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson said. "We expected them to make some of their shots, just not all of them."

North No. 4 seed Augusta State (10-15) watched Kennesaw State open the game on an 8-0 run before the floodgates really opened.

Monika Dajksler sparked a 20-5 Lady Owls run with a pair of 3-pointers, as Kennesaw State burst out to a 33-11 lead with 9 minutes, 7 seconds left before the half.

Kennesaw State, which went 14 of 14 from the foul line in the first half, opened a 43-17 lead before Augusta's April Hartley poured in six straight points.

However, the Lady Jaguars couldn't stop the Lady Owls' offense as Kennesaw State took a 55-33 halftime lead. The Lady Owls shot 79 percent in the first half and fell one point short of tying Columbus State's record of most points in a half (56) set earlier in the day.

"We played great defense for the first 12 minutes or so, but that wasn't evident by how they shot it," Wilson said. "There is no defense for a team that shoots it the way they did tonight."

"I was real pleased with the way we played, both offensively and defensively," Lady Owls coach Colby Tilley said. "We're playing our best right now."

Augusta State lost to Kennesaw State 79-68 earlier in the season. However, Wilson said the Lady Owls' decision to change to a zone defense confused his team.

"They went to a matchup zone and that did throw us off," he said. "Last time, they sat back passively, and I guess that's something they've been working on (for some time)."

April Hartley led Augusta State with 16 points, while Christy Bromley added 16 and Sabrina Jones had 12. The game was Bromley's final in a Lady Jaguars' uniform.

"Overall, it was a great experience," she said. "Obviously, I'd like to have gone out on a better note."