Clayton State Advances to Semis; Downs Augusta State
COLUMBUS, GA -- The No. 3-ranked Clayton State women’s
basketball team placed four players in double figures Thursday
afternoon to defeat Augusta State, 69-41, in the quarterfinal round
of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament hosted by Columbus State
University at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center.
Clayton State, the top seed in the West Division, improves to 26-2, while Augusta State, the fourth seed in the East, drops to 12-15.
The Lakers advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinal against the Lander/Georgia Southwestern winner. The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday.
Brittany Hall led the Lakers with a game-high 15 points, while Drameka Griggs added 14 points, Tanisha Woodard 11 points, eight rebounds and six steals, and Kayla Mobley 11 points and seven rebounds.
Augusta State was led by Amber Peterson’s 14 points. Laci Schreiber had a team best seven rebounds.
After a 2-2 start, Clayton went on a 9-0 run to make it 11-2 at the 12-minute mark on a three-pointer by Hall, a steal and layup by Griggs, a Shannon Smith three-point play and a Mobley free throw.
Schreiber scored Augusta State’s second basket at 10:14 to cut it to 11-4, then the Lady Jags trimmed the margin to 16-11 after a three by Peterson and a Schreiber layup at 7:57.
Hall nailed a three at 5:54 to put Clayton up 19-11, but ASU’s Becky Newhouse answered with two free throws at 4:23 to cut the margin to 19-13.
Clayton State stretched its lead to double figures at 23-13 with 2:40 left on a basket by Mobley and a fast break layup by Griggs.
Tiffany Jaecks scored the half’s final basket to pull
Augusta to 25-18.
The Lakers posted their first double-digit lead of the second half at 33-23 with 15:02 left in the game on a layup by Woodard. Clayton State then used an 8-0 run to extend the margin to 41-26 on a Hall three-point play with 12:42 remaining to play.
The Lady Jags got it back to 10 points at 41-31 with 11:04 left to play on a Brittany White layup, but Keona Dixon’s layup at 7:07 extended Clayton’s lead to 17 points at 52-35.
The Lakers ended the game with a 13-0 run.
Clayton State connected on 29-of-63 field goals for 46 percent, including 5-of-17 threes for 29.4 percent. The Lakers sank 6-of-10 free throws for 60 percent.
Augusta State was 16-of-51 from the floor for 31.4 percent, including 5-of-14 threes for 35.7 percent. The Lady Jags made 4-of-11 foul shots for 36.4 percent.