2003-04 Women's Basketball News

April 21, 2004
Lady Jaguars Land At No. 10 In Final Poll
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars, backed by their first Elite 8 appearance in school history, earned its first-ever, year-end national ranking when the Lady Jags came at No. 10 in the final USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top 25 women’s basketball poll.

March 24, 2004
Lady Jaguars Fall to Merrimack 76-68 In Elite Eight Tournament
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The fifth-ranked Merrimack College Warriors held #19 Augusta State scoreless for nearly six minutes in the second half as they defeated the Lady Jaguars 76-68 in the National Quarterfinals of the 2004 Division II Women's Basketball Championship.

March 19, 2004
No. 19 Lady Jags Set For Trip To Elite 8
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team makes its first-ever Elite 8 appearance on Wednesday, March 24 when the Lady Jaguars take on fifth-ranked Merrimack (30-3) at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at St. Joseph Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Mo. Merrimack, out of North Andover, Mass., sports a 30-3 record and claimed the Northeast Regional title. The Warriors have won seven straight games and 17 of their last 18.

March 17, 2004
ASU Vaults Back Into Rankings
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars, bound for the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight after capturing the South Atlantic Regional championship Monday night in Raleigh, N.C., jumped back into the national rankings Tuesday after three consecutive wins over nationally-ranked opponents. ASU enjoyed a five-week stay in the national rankings earlier this season, climbing as high as No. 16.

March 15, 2004
Lady Jaguars Win South Atlantic Region Championship
RALEIGH, NC – Augusta State University senior Alshaa’ Hodges poured in a career-high 33 points to lead the No. 8 seed Lady Jaguars to a 91-68 victory over Georgia College & State University in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball South Atlantic Regional Tournament at Spaulding Gymnasium on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC.

March 13, 2004
Lady Jaguars Advance to Sweet 16
RALEIGH, NC – The Augusta State Lady Jaguars' winnningest season in 11 years was extended Saturday night when ASU edged Armstrong Atlantic State 79-74 in the South Atlantic Regional at Shaw University's Spaulding Gymnasium.

March 13, 2004
Lady Jaguars Survive Roller Coaster Game With Lady Pirates
RALEIGH, NC – Augusta State University had all the answers during a 79-74 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State University in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball South Atlantic Regional Tournament at Spaulding Gymnasium on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC.

March 10, 2004
Lady Jags Headed For NCAA Regional
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars take on No. 7 Shaw Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament's South Atlantic Regional at Spaulding Gymnasium in Raleigh, N.C.

March 8, 2004
Lady Jags To Take On No. 7 Shaw
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State will make its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance when it faces seventh-ranked Shaw University Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in the opening round of the South Atlantic Regional in Raleigh, N.C. Shaw will serve as the host and all games will be played on the campus of Shaw at Spaulding Gymnasium.

March 7, 2004
Lady Jaguars Earn At-Large Bid TO NCAA Tournament
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State's winningest season in over a decade was extended Sunday night when the NCAA awarded the Lady Jaguar basketball program an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The at-large berth is the second straight for ASU, which posted a 21-7 record this season, the most victories for the program since going 24-5 in 1992-93.

March 6, 2004
Peach Belt Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Team
AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference released its 2003-04 women’s basketball All-Conference team at a special banquet held in conjunction with the PBC Tournament in Augusta on Saturday. Kennesaw State University’s Denisha Ferguson was named the PBC Player of the Year while Armstrong Atlantic State’s Kaneetha Gordon was named the Freshman of the Year. Lander University head coach was named the PBC Coach of the Year.

March 4, 2004
GC&SU Bombs Jaguars 68-47 in PBC Quarterfinals
AUGUSTA, GA -- GC&SU hit 7-of-12 three-pointers after intermission to pull away from host Augusta State and take a 68-47 victory in the Peach Belt Conference Quarterfinals at the George A. Christenberry Fieldhouse on Thursday evening.

February 28, 2004
Lady Jaguars Hold Off Patriot Women, 79-76
FLORENCE, SC – The senior backcourt tandem of Alshaa’ Hodges and Ernesia Wideman combined for 40 points and Augusta State University survived a missed three-pointer at the final horn by Francis Marion University to claim a 79-76 Peach Belt Conference win, spoiling the Patriots’ Homecoming and Senior Day celebration Saturday afternoon.

February 25, 2004
Lady Jags Rally For 58-55 Win Over Lady Pacers
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State celebrated Senior Night with a pair of Peach Belt Conference victories over USC Aiken Wednesday in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

February 21, 2004
Lady Jags Secure Second Spot in PBC North Division
MORROW, GA ---The Augusta State women's basketball team won a hard-fought battle with Clayton State Saturday, defeating the Lady Lakers 54-47 in Peach Belt Conference action at the Athletics and Fitness Center in Morrow, GA.

February 18, 2004
Lady Jaguars Shoot Down UNC Pembroke, 89-65
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State shot a season-high 62.1 percent from the field and cruised to an 89-65 Peach Belt Conference victory over UNC Pembroke Wednesday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

February 14, 2004
Wideman, Johnson Combine For 38 in PBC Win
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Seniors Ernesia Wideman and Shundra Johnson each scored 19 points to lead Augusta State to an 82-69 Homecoming victory over Francis Marion in Peach Belt Conference action Saturday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

February 11, 2004
Lady Jags Fall to Lady Pacers, 73-45
AIKEN, S.C.—The Augusta State women's basketball team suffered their sixth loss of the season Wednesday night, as they fell to USC Aiken 73-45 at "The Courthouse" in Aiken, S.C. The 28-point victory marked the largest win for USC Aiken in the 51-game series history. The loss, brings the Lady Jags' record to 16-6 overall, 6-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while USC Aiken improves to 12-9, 4-6.

February 7, 2004
18th-Ranked Lady Bobcats Too Much for 21st-Ranked ASU
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia College & State downed Augusta State 81-69 in a matchup of nationally-ranked Peach Belt Conference squads Saturday afternoon at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

February 4, 2004
Hodges' Free Throws Lift ASU Over USC Spartanburg
Spartanburg, SC – Alshaa’ Hodges sank two free throws with 2.6 seconds to play in the game to lift No. 21 Augusta State to a thrilling 84-83 victory over USC Spartanburg Wednesday night in the G.B. Hodge Center.

February 3, 2004
Lady Jags Ranked 21st In Nation
Augusta, Ga. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars are ranked 21st in the nation in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top 25 poll, released Tuesday.

January 31, 2004
19th-Ranked Lady Jags Snap 15-Game Winless Streak Against Columbus State
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State junior reserve guard Brandi Hollingsworth nailed seven three-pointers for a career-high 21 points as the No. 19 Lady Jaguars snapped a 15-game winless streak against Columbus State with an 80-69 victory Saturday night in the opener of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

January 28, 2004
Lady Jags Fall to Lander
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State couldn’t overcome its worst shooting performance of the season, falling to the Lady Bearcats 60-52 Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

January 24, 2004
Lady Jags Defeats Kennesaw State 71-67
Kennesaw, Ga. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team picked up their second straight win, defeating Kennesaw State 71-67 in conference road action Saturday afternoon. The Lady Jaguars, ranked 18th in the nation, improve to 14-3 overall, 4-2 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Kennesaw State falls to 11-6, 3-3 in conference play.

January 21, 2004
Lady Jags Bounce Back With 62-52 Win Over USCS
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars bounced back from its brief two-game slide, with a 62-52 win over the Lady Rifles Wednesday in Christenberry Fieldhouse. Alshaa’ Hodges and Cheryl Audain tallied 18 points each for ASU. Audain also posted 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

January 20, 2004
Lady Jaguars 18th In Latest National Poll
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State is ranked 18th in the nation in the latest WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Division II Women's Basketball Top 25 poll, released Tuesday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

January 17, 2004
No. 2 North Florida Nips No. 16 Augusta State, 66-63
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Augusta State's Alshaa' Hodges poured in a career-high 30 points, yet it wasn't quite enough as No. 2 North Florida nipped the No. 16 Lady Jaguars 66-63 Saturday at UNF Arena.

January 14, 2004
Lady Jaguars Fall to Lander in Conference Action
GREENWOOD----The No. 16 ranked Augusta State women's basketball team fell to Lander University 83-78 in Peach Belt Conference basketball action Wednesday night at Horne Arena. The Lady Jags drop to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the PBC, while Lander improves to 10-3, 2-1.

January 10, 2004
ASU Splits With Pirates
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State senior guard Alshaa’ Hodges poured in a career-high 26 points, including 22 in the first half, to lead the 25th-ranked Lady Jaguars to a 77-58 Peach Belt Conference victory over No. 24 Armstrong Atlantic State Saturday in Christenberry Fieldhouse. In the nightcap, the Pirates earned a split by downing ASU 70-58.

January 7, 2004
Augusta State Sweeps UNC Pembroke On The Road
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars, ranked 25th in the nation, claimed their 10th straight win Wednesday night with a 78-64 victory over UNC Pembroke at the Jones Center. In the second game of the doubleheader, ASU's men's team snapped a nine-game losing streak, defeating UNCP 76-52.

January 6, 2004
Lady Jaguars Crack National Poll
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State women/s basketball program earned its first-ever national ranking Tuesday when the Lady Jaguars came in as the No. 25 team in the country in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, released late Tuesday afternoon.

January 3, 2004
Augusta State, Paine Split City Classic
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- All five starters scored in double figures for Augusta State as the Lady Jaguars rolled to their ninth straight win with a 78-63 victory over Paine College in the opener of the annual “City Classic” Saturday night at George A. Christenberry Fieldhouse.

January 2, 2004
Augusta State, Paine To Square Off In Annual "City Classic"
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State takes on cross-city rival Paine College Saturday night in the annual "City Classic" at George A. Christenberry Fieldhouse on the campus of Augusta State University. The doubleheader tips off with the women's contest at 6:00 p.m. with the men's game to follow.

December 22, 2003
Lady Jags Bring Record to 9-1 at Southern Tech Tournament
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team won their seventh and eighth straight games, bringing their record to 9-1 at the Southern Polytechnic Tournament in Marietta, Ga. this weekend.

December 18, 2003
ASU Stuns No. 7 Shaw, 63-59
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State battled back from a 12-point halftime deficit to upset seventh-ranked Shaw 63-59 Thursday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse and hand the Lady Bears their first loss of the season. The game was the third in as many nights for ASU, winners of six straight.

December 17, 2003
Lady Jags Defeat Allen 69-50 in Tournament Action
AIKEN, S.C. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team won their fifth straight game Wednesday night, as they defeated Allen University 69-50 in the ConocoPhillips Christmas Classic taking place at The Courthouse on the campus of USC Aiken. The win brings ASU's record to 6-1 on the season, while Allen falls to 0-12.

December 16, 2003
Lady Jags Defeat Fort Valley State 76-72
Aiken S.C. -- The Augusta State women's basketball team held off a furious Fort Valley State rally Tuesday night to win 76-72 in the first game of the ConocoPhillips Christmas Classic taking place at The Courthouse on the campus of USC Aiken. The win brings ASU's record to 5-1 on the season, while Fort Valley State falls to 5-2.

November 29, 2003
Lady Jags Defeat Saint Pauls 68-54 in USC Aiken Tournament
AIKEN, SC -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars defeated Saint Pauls 68-54 in the second day of the Honda Cars of Aiken Classic, hosted by USC Aiken. The victory brings ASU's record to 4-1 on the season, while Saint Pauls falls to 0-5.

November 28, 2003
Lady Jags Defeat Newberry in USC Aiken Tournament
AIKEN, SC -- The Augusta State Lady Jaguars defeated Newberry College 72-55 in the opening game of the Honda Cars of Aiken Classic, hosted by USC Aiken. The win brings ASU's record to 3-1 on the season, while Newberry falls to 2-3.

November 22, 2003
Lady Jaguars Defeat Montevallo, 73-65
MONTEVALLO, Ala. -- Three Lady Jaguars scored double digits to help lead Augusta State University to victory over the University of Montevallo 73-65 Saturday in the UM Coca-Cola/Guesthouse Inn Classic.

November 21, 2003
West Alabama Nips Lady Jags 66-65
MONTEVALLO, AL— West Alabama edged Augusta State 66-65 Friday night in the first round of the UM/Coca-Cola Classic on the campus of the University of Montevallo.

November 17, 2003
Augusta State Opens With 76-61 Win
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Senior guard Alshaa' Hodges scored 17 points and dished out six assists in her Augusta State debut to lead the Lady Jaguars to a 76-61 season-opening victory over Voorhees Monday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

October 15, 2003
Augusta State Hits the Hardwood
AUGUSTA -- The Augusta State men's and women's basketball programs officially opened preparations for their respective 2003-04 seasons with a pair of workouts Wednesday afternoon and evening.

October 14, 2003
Lady Jags Tabbed Fifth In PBC
AUGUSTA, GA -- The Armstrong Atlantic State Lady Pirates, fresh off a share of their first Peach Belt Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, have been picked as the favorite to win the 2003-04 PBC Championship in a poll of the league’s 12 head coaches that was released on Tuesday.

August 21, 2003
Eight newcomers highlight ASU women's hoops signing class
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Six transfers and a pair of in-state prep standouts make up the 2003 signing class for the Augusta State women's basketball program, ASU head coach Greg Wilson announced recently.