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CSU women step back into action against improved Augusta State

From Staff Reports

Two weeks between basketball games is quite a long time. So it's understandable that the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team is eager to get back on the court.

The Lakers will get that chance on Saturday when sixth-ranked Clayton State plays host to Peach Belt Conference rival Augusta State at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Clayton State comes into the contest a perfect 9-0 overall and 1-0 in the Peach Belt, while Augusta State is 6-2 overall and 0-1 in the PBC.

This is the first game for Clayton State since winning 82-61 at UNC Pembroke on Saturday, Dec. 4. Since then, the Lakers have been focused on final exams and have gotten their legs back under them with an intense week of practice.

Despite having been away from action for the period of time, Clayton State has held steady at sixth in the recent USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. In addition, the Lakers lead the Peach Belt in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, blocked shots, steals and turnover margin.

Individually, head coach Dennis Cox has received a balanced attack early in the season. Senior forward Teshymia Tillman leads Clayton State in scoring, averaging 15 points a game. Junior guard Tanisha Woodard averages 13 points a contest, while sophomore guard Drameka Griggs averages 11 points a game.

The Lakers will need a strong effort from every player on Saturday against a much-improved Augusta State squad. After winning only a combined six games over the last two seasons, first-year head coach Nate Teymer has injected new life into the Lady Jaguars. Augusta State has already matched the victory total from the last two seasons through eight games this season.

Senior guard Blair Egardo is the third-leading scorer in the Peach Belt so far, averaging 18 points a game. In addition, senior forward Briyana Evans averages nine points and five rebounds a contest.