AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University women's basketball team hosted rival USC Aiken on Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse and fell 90-78 in a Peach Belt Conference battle of the east division.
Augusta moved to 10-8 overall and 5-7 in the Peach Belt, while the USCA Pacers moved to 13-9 and 9-4 in the league. The game had nine players in double-figure points.
The Pacers had five in double-figure points. USCA was led by Rachelle Aupont's 19 and Carly Gilreath's 17 points. Kate Duff put in 16 points, Kwajelin Farrar had 14 and Emily Waters notched 10.
USCA shot 50.8 percent from the floor and Augusta shot 46.3 percent. From the three-point line Augusta went 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) and the Pcers 12-for-22 (54.5 percent). Aiken outshot AU at the charity stripe as well – making 12-of-16 (75 percent) and AU 6-for-9 (66.7 percent)
The Jags outscored the Pacers 30-24 in the paint, but USCA's bench put 52 points to AU's 31.
USCA held the early lead with Emily Waters connecting for six quick points on three-straight shots, but Augusta's Tanesha Campbell blocked a shot and found Belcher for a three pointer that made it 13-11.
Aiken led until O'Conner hit a three, a layup, and a free throw after a foul to steal the lead to Augusta. Abrea Harris hit the third trey for AU at the first-period buzzer and Belcher buried another in the second for a 28-22 Jaguar lead.
Augusta kept the advantage for the remainder of the first half and went into the pause up 46-42. Both teams combined for 11 three pointers in the first half, with Belcher going 3-for-6 from the arc to lead the Jags. O'Conner led all scorers with 13 first-half points.
Up by six to begin the second half, AU gave up three opening shots to Aiken as the Pacers stole back the lead. O'Conner tied it 49-all on a free throw, but Rachelle Aupont made two early shots from beyond the arc to keep the visiting team on top.
USCA outscored Augusta 21-12 in the third period to lead 63-58 heading into the final 10 minutes of play. The Jags trailed by seven with under five minutes in the contest and never recovered.
Augusta hosts Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Feb. 4 against the UNC Pembroke Braves at 12:30 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The men's game follows at 2:30 p.m. Soldiers from Fort Gordon Military Base will the fill the stands of the 'berry as the Jaguars honor our armed forces.
Fans of Jaguar Athletics can subscribe to the email listserve by clicking here. Fans can follow Augusta University at www.AugustaJags.com and receive short updates on Facebook at Augusta University Athletics and on Twitter at @AugustaJags
-- 30 --