AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Augusta University women's basketball squad picked up a 76-66 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Armstrong State University on Saturday afternoon at the Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The win keeps the Jaguars' hopes of postseason play alive as Augusta improves to 13-10 overall and 8-9 in the PBC. The loss eliminates the Pirates from possible postseason play as Armstrong State falls to 8-17 overall and 4-12 in the PBC. The Pirates return to action on Wednesday, hosting UNC Pembroke at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.
Augusta built a 10-point lead in the first quarter, 24-14, and a jumper by the Jaguars' Abrea Harris at the end of the first half made the score after two quarters 42-33 in favor of the home squad.
The Jaguars led by as many as 17 in the third quarter, but Armstrong State battled back to cut the lead to eight, 58-50, at the end of the third quarter thanks to five straight points from junior Machala Raymonville.
Trailing by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, the Pirates went on a 9-0 run, culminating with a three-pointer by senior Jessica Doyle to cut the lead to four points, 70-66, with 2:14 left to play. The Jaguars would hold the Pirates without a point the rest of the way, however, to secure the win.
Doyle led a trio of Pirates in double figures on the day with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-8 three-pointers. Sophomore Brianna Gipson added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and a pair of free throws, while Raymonville finished with 15 points off the bench.
Harris' game-high 21 points led the Jaguars on the day, with Breonna O'Connor adding 20 points.