Story by Leeroy Francis
Americus, Ga. – The Augusta University women's basketball team traveled to Georgia Southwestern Saturday afternoon for a Peach Belt Conference game and left with 65-56 victory in Americus, Ga.
Augusta (4-13, 3-8 PBC)
Georgia Southwestern (8-9, 5-6 PBC)
Augusta senior Brianna Middleton played 37 minutes in the game scoring 16 points adding 10 rebounds and two steals in the contest for her sixth double-double on the season. AU senior Kaela Patrick added 11 points off the bench including a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line and jags junior Cameryn Wilson played 25 minutes almost recording a double-double of her own - scoring 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds.
The Jaguars and Canes exchanged baskets early for a back-and-forth battle out the gate. Down 5-6 midway through the first, the Jaguars started to get hot from the three-point line nailing all three of their first quarter treys in route to a 16-13 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Jaguars added on to their first quarter lead leading by as much as five with 5:09 left in the half. GSW junior Tamecia Blue and freshman Jamesha Samuel of GSW had other plans, scoring the Canes' last nine points combined to bring them back to even with the visiting Jaguars tied at 27-27 heading into halftime.
To start the second half, Georgia Southwestern took back the lead after a made layup by freshman Lele Young and increased it to five after a three by fellow freshman Lex Chatman. The Jaguars would go on their biggest run of the game outscoring the Canes' 21-10 in the remaining 9:01 of the third to take back the lead and head to the final quarter ahead 48-42 on the road.
Augusta held their ground in the fourth quarter extending their lead once again. Up by as much as 13 in the fourth, the Jaguars cruised in the final frame outscoring the Canes 17-14 in the fourth to take home their second victory in three games on the road 65-56.
The Canes were led by freshman Jamesha Samuel and junior Tamecia Blue each scoring 11 points in the contest. Chatman added nine points, five assists and two steals against the Jaguars while junior Mariya Trimble grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points for the Canes.
The Jaguars had the edge in three-point shooting - going 6-for-17 from three while the Canes only scored nine points from the three going 3-15 in the contest.
Augusta will travel back home to Christenberry Fieldhouse Wednesday, Jan. 30th to meet crosstown rival USC Aiken for a PBC rivalry showdown in Augusta, Ga., at 5:30 p.m. The Jaguars then battle Lander University February 2nd at 12:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
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