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Columbus State Women's Basketball Holds on For 57-55 Win over UNC Pembroke


COLUMBUS – The Columbus State women's basketball team saw an 18 point lead dwindle down to one with 53 seconds left in the game, but had a key defensive stand to secure a 57-55 Peach Belt Conference victory over UNC Pembroke Saturday afternoon in the Lumpkin Center.  The Lady Cougars improve to 9-3 on the year and 2-1 inside the conference while UNCP falls to 5-9 and 1-5 in PBC play.

CSU scored the games first four points but the Lady Braves responded by outscoring Columbus State 17-8 over the next nine minutes of action.  JaToya Kemp scored eight points during the spurt while Courtney Bolten added five points giving the visitors a 17-12 advantage with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Marah Wright came down on the next possession and hit a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run to give the Lady Cougars the lead again, 19-17 at the 5:49 mark.  UNCP would score six of the next eight points for a 23-21 edge before CSU went on a 14-4 run to close out the half.  Marina DeFoor capped it off with a trifecta with six seconds left in the half and five different players scored during the spurt.  The Lady Cougars went into the break ahead 35-27.

Columbus State scored the first six points of the second half to extend their run from the first half to 20-4 as they went up 41-27 with 17:07 in the contest.  The lead would never get below double figures and they extended the advantage to a game high 18 points over the next nine minutes, 55-37. 

After a pair of UNC Pembroke free throws, Dominique Gilbert made one of two from the charity stripe making it a 56-39 contest with 6:13 to go.

The Lady Braves charged back down the stretch as they scored 16 straight points to bring themselves within one point, 56-55.  Kemp started the streak scoring the first four points and netted eight total while Illya Hunt added five and Kristen Hobbs hit a three-pointer.

Following a CSU turnover, Bolten was fouled on a shot attempt and went to the line with a chance to give UNCP the lead with 10 seconds left.  The forward missed both and Nakita Holt grabbed the rebound, sinking one of two free throws.  On the rebound, defensive pressure by CSU on the ball took seven seconds off the clock before the UNC Pembroke took a timeout.  The ball was thrown away by the visitors on the ensuing in-bounds play.

Gilbert led the way for Columbus State with her sixth double-double of the year scoring 15 points and registering 10 rebounds.  Tandria Milton was the only other Lady Cougar in double figures adding 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.  As a team, CSU shot 38.3% (23-for-60) from the floor but hit only 7-of-13 (53.8%) from the free throw line.  They held a slight 39-38 edge in rebounds while forcing 20 turnovers. 

Kemp led all scorers pouring in a game high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and making nine from the charity stripe.  DeDe Cotton added seven points while Dominique Washington chipped in with six.  Kemp also led the team in rebounds recording eight while Hobbs pulled down seven.  UNCP shot 36% (18-for-50) from the field including 6-of-16 (37.5%) from downtown.  They were just 13-for-21 (61.9%) from the free throw line.

The Lady Cougars are right back in action tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Francis Marion.  The Lady Patriots are 9-5 on the season.  Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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