From Staff Reports
The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team got more than it bargained for on Saturday in its Peach Belt Conference showdown against visiting Augusta State. However, the Lakers pulled away in the second half for an 80-69 victory at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
The victory improves Clayton State to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Augusta State came into the game short-handed with three starters, including its two leading scorers, suspended. Still, the opportunistic Jaguars got the better of the Lakers in a first half that had eight ties and seven lead-changes.
Clayton State built a 20-14 lead on a lay-up by Tanisha Woodard with 8:24 remaining. However, Augusta State rode the hot hand of Jasmine Godwin and wiped out the Laker lead with a 10-0 run.
Porsha White, Kenisha Sheppard and Brooke Johnson each connected on consecutive jump shots, and a lay-up by Brittany Hudson at the 3:21 mark gave the Jaguars a 34-26 lead. Clayton State came back with an 8-0 run behind 3-point baskets by Dominique Jennings and Taneesha Whitely, but Augusta State took a 36-34 lead at halftime on a lay-up by Godwin with 58 seconds remaining.
Clayton State took the lead for good in the second half when Jennings scored on a lay-up with 17:20 remaining. The Lakers then took their first double-digit lead of the game, 56-45 on a lay-up by Lesheria Stevens with 11:27 remaining. A 12-0 Clayton State run over the next five minutes gave the Lakers their largest lead of the game, 70-52.
The closest Augusta State was able to trim the lead was seven points with 47 seconds remaining.
Jennings and Woodard each scored 14 points for Clayton State, while Stevens scored 12 points, Nikkisha Pritchett scored 11 points and Lisa Jackson added 10 points. For the game, Clayton State out-rebounded Augusta State 46-42 and forced 31 Jaguar turnovers.
For Augusta State (3-6, 1-1 PBC), Godwin scored a game-high 25 points and recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds. White scored 24 points for the Jaguars, who shot an impressive 51 percent from the field.
Clayton State plays host to Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia College on Monday at 5:30 p.m.