AUGUSTA, Ga. - With three starters and six of their top seven scorers from last season returning, the Augusta State Lady Jaguars tip off their 2007-08 schedule on the road Saturday afternoon when they face Fayetteville State at 2:00 p.m. in Fayetteville, N.C.
The Lady Jaguars, 18-10 overall and 9-7 in Peach Belt Conference play last season, are beginning their ninth season under head coach Greg Wilson. They will face a Lady Broncos’ squad that tallied an identical 18-10 mark last season in the tough CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association).
“If anything, the last eight years have taught me to put things in their proper perspective,” Wilson said. “I’ve learned never to get too excited about a big victory or too upset after a heartbreaking defeat. Things are never quite as good or as bad as they may seem, no matter what other people tell you.
“Once again, we are competing against some of the toughest teams in our corner of the country. The lion’s share of our non-conference schedule received NCAA tournament invitations in the past year or two. The early indications are that the PBC will be tougher than ever this season as everyone moves to the 20-game schedule and plays each team twice, but that’s nothing new because it seems to get more difficult to win the league every year.”
Junior Tracey Paschal, a 5-10 forward from Fairburn, Ga., leads a balanced scoring attack for the Lady Jags. Paschal averaged 8.9 ppg. last season and was one of seven players to average 7.0 points or more. Point guard Deo Ngulela, a senior from Maputo, Mozambique, was an all-Peach Belt Conference selection after ranking second in the PBC and 11th in the nation in assists at 6.2 apg. She also ranked fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), fifth in steals at 2.68 spg. and 11th in free-throw percentage (.764).
The Lady Jags will host Newberry in their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.