Originally created 12/14/01

Augusta State suffers road loss



CARROLLTON, Ga. - Augusta State's Letterance McFadden scored a game-high 28 points and Gary Boodnikoff chipped in 15 but it wasn't enough to erase a 16-point halftime lead as West Georgia held on to defeat the Jaguars 83-80 Thursday night at the HPE Building.

Trailing by three with four seconds left in regulation, T.J. Ott put up a desperation 3-pointer that rimmed out astime expired as players scrambled for the loose ball.

Chezley Watson led the Braves (5-3) with 19 points while teammates Dennis Long and Isaac Williamson added 18 and 16 points respectively. The Braves also outrebounded the Jaguars 46-33, but the game was mired by 52 combined fouls. Both teams shot plenty of free throws, but West Georgia hit 14 of 20 (70 percent) in the second half to help fend off Augusta State's rally.

The Jaguars (4-2) trailed 43-27 at the break, but shot 70.4 percent (19 of 27) from the field in the second half.

AUGUSTA STATE (80)-Jayme Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Gary Boodnikoff 4-10 4-8 15, Letterance McFadden 10-16 7-12 28, T.J. Ott 1-2 3-5 5, William Gates 4-4 0-2 8, James Newsome 0-0 0-0 0, Norris Grant 0-1 0-0 0, Derrick Broddie 2-4 2-4 6, Chris Harriman 2-5 2-2 6, Reco Hallmon 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Johnson 3-6 0-2 7, Ernest Doe 1-1 0-0 2, Peter Bach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-51 18-35 80.

WEST GEORGIA (83)-Isaac Williamson 5-16 4-6 16, Dennis Long 5-6 7-9 18, Bruce Jolly 2-4 3-6 7, Andy Young 2-3 5-6 9, Chezley Watson 8-12 0-0 19, Mo Rahim 2-4 2-6 6, Bryant Redd 4-11 0-0 8, Jeff Hickman 0-6 0-0 0, Jeff Ferguson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 28-64 21-33 83.

Halftime: West Georgia 43-27. 3-point goals: Augusta State 6-15 (J. Johnson 1-1, Boodnikoff 3-6, McFadden 1-5, Ott 0-1, Grant 0-1, M. Johnson 1-1); West Georgia 6-23 (Williamson 2-7, Long 1-2, Young 0-1, Watson 3-5, Redd 0-4, Hickman 0-4). Rebounds: Augusta State 33 (McFadden 11); West Georgia 46 (Long 9). Assists: Augusta State 16 (Harriman 7); West Georgia 7 (Williamson 3). Fouls: Augusta State 26; West Georgia 26. Fouled out: Broddie, Watson. A-878.

No. 11 LOUISIANA TECH 98, CENTENARY 44

In Shreveport, La., Amber Obaze scored 19 points, Catrina Frierson added 18 and No. 11 Louisiana Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Centenary on Thursday night.

Louisiana Tech (3-3), which was coming off losses to nationally ranked Connecticut, Tennessee and Duke, built an insurmountable 50-13 halftime lead.

Tech outscored Centenary 15-6 from the foul line, built a 51-26 rebounding advantage and forced 24 turnovers.

Carley Melvin led Centenary (4-7) with 16 points. Demetria Dorsey added 10 points.

No. 15 WISCONSIN 74, DRAKE 61

In Madison, Wis., Jessie Stomski scored 20 points and No. 15 Wisconsin rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Drake on Thursday night.

Tamara Moore added 16 points and 11 assists for Wisconsin (9-1), which held Drake scoreless for nearly 12 minutes in the second half and closed the game with a 23-6 run.

Kyle Black and Emily Ashbaugh each scored 13 points for Wisconsin, which extended its winning streak to eight games and is off to its best start since 1997-98.

Jayme Anderson led Drake (4-3) with 14 points. Erin Richards and Stephanie Schmitz each added 13 points, and Carla Bennett scored 10.

Drake shot 6-for-33 (18 percent) from the field in the second half.

Wisconsin opened the second half with a 9-2 run, cutting its deficit to 47-43. Stomski later hit four straight free throws to tie the game at 51.

Wisconsin snapped a 56-all tie with a 9-0 run. Black scored five points and Stomski added four in the outburst.

Wisconsin shot 9-for-10 from the line in the final 5:30.

Anderson shot 5-for-7 from the field and scored 12 points to lead Drake to a 45-34 advantage at the break.

Drake shot 54 percent (19-of-35) in the first half. Richards scored five points in a 13-0 run to give the Bulldogs a 43-31 lead late in the half.

During the same stretch, Wisconsin went nearly four minutes without a field goal.