From Staff Reports
AUGUSTA-- It didn't take long for the Clayton State Laker basketball team to recover from Saturday's disappointing home defeat against Carson-Newman.
Returning to Peach Belt Conference play on Tuesday, Clayton State turned on the afterburners and rolled to an impressive 101-54 rout at rival Augusta State. The victory improves the 15th-ranked Lakers to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.
The 47-point victory was the Lakers' largest margin of victory since last season's 49-point rout over Armstrong Atlantic.
"Whenever you lose like we did, you learn a lot about yourself as a team," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "We had to go back to the beginning and re-focus on the details. Tonight, we were a hungry team and played hard for the entire 40 minutes like the game was on the line."
This marked third time in program history that Clayton State has eclipsed 100 points in a game, and it's the second-most points scored in a game by a Laker squad. In addition, Clayton State also set single-game marks for field goals with 45 and points in a half with 58. Individually, sophomore forward Tanisha Woodard tied the single-game mark for assists with 11.
The Lakers set the tone early with their defensive pressure, forcing 13 Augusta State turnovers in the first half. Clayton State twice built a 17-point lead in the first half, including 43-26 on a jump shot by Genesis Kelly with 1:47 remaining.
However, Clayton State totally took over and dominated in the second half, limiting Augusta State to only nine field goals and 36 percent shooting from the field. In addition, the Laker press forced 22 Lady Jaguar turnovers in the second half.
Teshymia Tillman paced Clayton State with 21 points, while LaDe'Sha Stoudemire and Latonda Bruce each scored 18 points. Stoudemire also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds, while junior forward Breanna Fort also grabbed 12 rebounds. In addition to her record-tying 11 assists, Woodard also had seven rebounds and seven steals.
For the game, Clayton State shot 51 percent from the field and out-rebounded Augusta State 47-35. The Lakers limited the Lady Jaguars for the game to 34 percent shooting from the field and 15 percent from 3-point range.
"We had to get our swagger back and we did," Cox said. "I cannot say enough about Tanisha. She has turned into our leader. She's more a vocal player and we are really feeding off her. She pushed us all game."
For Augusta State (1-8, 0-2), Waneta Carlisle scored 15 points and Eboni Davis scored 11 points.
Clayton State will play in the OrthoCarolina Classic this weekend at Wingate. The Lakers play at Wingate on Friday at 6 p.m., and then against Tusculum on Saturday at 3 p.m.