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Columbus State women’s basketball rally falls short versus Georgia College


COLUMBUS – The Columbus State women's basketball team fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half but their late game surge came up short as Georgia College held on for a 51-46 victory Wednesday night in the Lumpkin Center. 

CSU drops its record to 9-5 on the year and 2-3 in PBC action while the Bobcats improve to 11-3 this season and evened up in conference play at 3-3.

Georgia College opened up the scoring with a pair of free throws by the Peach Belt Conference scoring leader Chimere Jordan and never trailed in the contest. 

Asha Alexander came down the court on the Lady Cougar's next trip hitting a jumper tying the game and both sides would alternate scoring possessions until the score was tied at 10-10 with 12:06 to go in the opening half. 

At that point the Bobcats would go on a 14-2 run over the next eight minutes sparked by the trio of Jordan, Krysta Lewis and Tammeisha Law as they scored five, five and four points, respectively. 

Dominique Gilbert, CSU's leading scorer, would help the Lady Cougars cut into the deficit before the half as she scored seven of Columbus State's final nine points in the half to bring them to within eight, 29-21 heading into the break.

To open up the second half, the two sides scored four points apiece in the opening two minutes before Georgia College went on a 12-3 run to take a commanding 17 point lead, 45-28 with 13:20 remaining in the contest. 

Like they have all year, Columbus State would make things interesting as they chipped away at the lead sparked by a 7-0 Lady Cougars run to draw them within 10, 45-35 at the 10:34 mark. 

After each team scored four points keeping it a double digit contest (49-39), neither side would score for the next four minutes and twenty seconds until Tandria Milton broke the scoring drought hitting a jumper with 4:03 to go.  Marina DeFoor knocked down a three-pointer and Chatil Bradford made a layup bringing CSU within a possession of tying the game, 49-46 with 1:59 remaining.  Unfortunately for the youthful Columbus State team, they were unable to capitalize down the stretch coming up empty on their final six offensive possessions. 

CSU's defensive intensity was at its best keeping the Bobcats scoreless for eight and a half minutes in the second half.  They held GC to just 26.3% (20-for-76) shooting from the field, the worst shooting day of any CSU opponent this season.  On the season, teams are shooting just 34.6% from the floor and the Lady Cougars have held four teams under 30% in a contest this season.

Gilbert was the lone Columbus State player in double figures scoring 12 points and grabbing a career high 17 rebounds.  Bradford added eight points while Milton contributed seven points.  As a team the Lady Cougars shot only 29.8% (17-for-57) from the field and 17.6% (3-for-17) from three-point range.  They also only made 9-of-16 (56.3%) free throws. 

Chimere Jordan led Georgia College with 17 points while Krysta Lewis (12 points) and Tammesisha Law (10 points) also hit double figures.  Law and Lewis recorded nine and eight rebounds, respectively.  The Bobcats outscored CSU 19-8 on second chance points and forced 19 turnovers.

The Lady Cougars return back to the hardwood on Saturday, January 22 when they conclude their four game home stand by hosting Georgia Southwestern in the Lumpkin Center.  The Hurricanes currently stand at 8-7 on the season and 2-4 in PBC action.  CSU's 2000-01 women's basketball team will be having a reunion on Saturday and will be recognized during the game.  Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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