Before Thursday's game at West Georgia, Augusta State (4-1, 2-0) was shooting a league-leading 47 percent from the field. This despite the Jaguars shooting just 30 percent beyond the arc.
Augusta has five players shooting 48 percent or better. Gary Boodnikoff, who leads the team with 20.4 points a game, is knocking down jumpers at a 60 percent clip, including a 46 percent rate from three-point range.
LADY JAGS: Augusta State's Lady Jaguars are hoping they can find their shooting touch during their holiday break. Augusta State (4-4, 0-2) has only one of its five starters shooting better than 40 percent (Sabrina Jones, 41.3).
As a team, the Lady Jaguars are shooting 35 percent from the floor and 24 percent from three-point range.
USC AIKEN: Too bad Clint Keown is a senior. In six games for the Pacers, the newcomer leads the Peach Belt with 24.7 points per game and also leads the conference with 17 steals.
Keown originally went to USC Aiken (3-3, 0-2) to play baseball last season. As a freshman, he played on the 1998-99 University of Evansville team that advanced to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. His sophomore year, he averaged 9.5 points a game for the Aces.
LADY PACERS: After breaking through last season, the USC Aiken Lady Pacers are beginning to reap their rewards.
USC Aiken (7-1) received its first national ranking, No. 24, this week in the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Division II women's basketball top 25 coaches poll.
There's a good chance the Lady Pacers will remain ranked into 2002. USC Aiken plays host to Voorhees College on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. before taking the rest of the year off.
PAINE: Before the Lions' 79-61 loss at Lenoir-Rhyne this week, Paine was leading the SIAC in scoring defense (67.3 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (39.2). But defense hasn't been Paine's (2-5, 1-1) problem this season.
The Lions are last in the league in scoring, averaging 65.3 points per game. More than half of that total comes from two players - Yari Scott (19 ppg) and Colin Jamerson (16.7 ppg). Scott lit up Lenoir-Rhyne for 31 points.
As a team, Paine is shooting 36 percent. The Lions need to find at least one more scorer before they restart their conference schedule against Morehouse on Jan. 7.
LADY LIONS: The Lady Lions (3-3, 1-1) head into the new year with a .500 record. There are two reasons for that: Tiffany Isaacand Germaletta Dyson.
Isaac is averaging more than 14 points a game with 4.5 assists. Dyson leads the SIAC with 53 percent shooting and is pulling down 11.5 rebounds per game.
Reach Chris Gay at 868-1222 ext. 114