So much having rust after a two-week lay-off.
The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team returned to action in a vengeance on Saturday with a 112-43 rout over visiting Augusta State in Peach Belt Conference action at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The victory improves sixth-ranked Clayton State to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt. Augusta State falls to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the Peach Belt.
Records fell by the wayside for the Lakers. Clayton State set single-game records for points (112), points in a half (60), margin of victory (69 points), assists (31) and steals (36). For Augusta State, it was the worst defeat in program history.
This marks the second time this season that Clayton State has eclipsed 100 points in a game.
Clayton State was in control from the beginning, using its press as a catalyst by forcing 22 Lady Jaguar turnovers. The Lakers jumped out to a 23-3 lead in the first 10 minutes as Tanisha Woodard drained a 3-point basket and scored on a breakaway lay-up.
Clayton State pushed the lead to 30 at the 6:22 mark on a 3-point basket by Alexiss Griffin. Breanna Fort's lay-up with 16 seconds remaining gave the Lakers a commanding 52-19 lead at halftime.
Clayton State erupted for 60 second-half points to run away with contest. At one point, the Lakers' largest lead was 73 points, 106-33 on a 3-point basket by Latonda Bruce.
Tillman led a balanced Clayton State scoring attack with 18 points along with seven assists as six Lakers reached double-figures. Tanisha Woodard scored 17 points, followed by Kayla Mobley and Shacamra Jackson each with 13 points. Drameka Griggs added 10 points, as did Griffin, who was making her Clayton State debut after missing the first nine games with an injury.
For the game, Clayton State shot 52 percent from the field, including 42 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers out-rebounded Augusta State 53-29, and forced 46 Lady Jaguar turnovers.
For Augusta State, Waneta Carlisle scored 11 points, followed by Morgan Goss with nine points.
Clayton State is off for the holiday break. The Lakers return to action on Dec. 29-30, playing host to the 2010 Heritage Bank Holiday Classic at the Athletics and Fitness Center.