Lady Cougars run past Georgia Southwestern 70-54


COLUMBUS – The Columbus State women's basketball team ended their two game skid posting a 70-54 victory over Georgia Southwestern Saturday afternoon in the Lumpkin Center.  The Lady Cougars upped their mark to 10-5 on the year and 3-3 in Peach Belt play while the Lady Hurricanes evened its record at 8-8 overall and 2-5 in conference action.

CSU scored the first four points of the game as Dominique Gilbert and Asha Alexander each scored a basket to give the hosts an early 4-0 lead in the contest.

The defensive pressure that the Lady Cougars have applied to opposing teams this season was evident again early as they held Georgia Southwestern without a field goal for the first three minutes and twenty-seven seconds in which they missed four shots and turned the ball over two times before Cierra Duhart's layup broke the scoreless streak.  Shakira White tied the game at four apiece with a jumper at the 15:57 mark. 

Neither team would get in an offensive rhythm over the next four and a half minutes as each side only netted six points.  Tandria Milton hit a pair of three-pointers for CSU while GSW had three different players put in a bucket. 

Columbus State would seize control of the game over the remaining portion of the first half closing out on a 24-7 run including 7-0 and 8-0 spurts.  Defensively during the final 11 minutes, CSU's defense held the Lady Hurricanes to just 2-of-12 shooting from the field while forcing eight turnovers.

Georgia Southwestern did their best to get back into the game outscoring CSU 9-4 to begin the second half bringing themselves within 12, 38-26 with 15:48 to go in the contest.

The Lady Cougars would respond back extending their lead to 19 (47-28) over the next three minutes and would maintain that advantage up until the 8:07 mark with CSU ahead 53-34.

GSW tried one last time to make a push at the hosts with a 7-0 run as four different Lady Hurricanes scored.

That would be as close they would get the remainder of the game as Columbus State would go on a 15-7 run that saw CSU widen its margin to 68-48 with 1:53 left in the game.  Gilbert scored seven points during this period while Milton added five points.  Nakita Holt added the other three points which came on a three-point play. 

Gilbert continued her stellar play recording her fifth straight double-double pouring in a career high 25 points and recording 14 rebounds, also a game high.  It was her eighth double-double of the year.  It was also a career day for Milton as she scored a career best 18 points as she went 6-for-10 from the field including 4-for-6 from downtown.  As a team, Columbus State shot 42.6% (20-for-61) from the floor.  They out-rebounded the Lady Hurricanes 42-39 while forcing 16 turnovers. 

GSW had a two players hit double figures led by Jessica Bivins who had 15 points and Cierra Duhart added 12 points.  Duhart also registered a team best nine rebounds and blocked three shots.  Georgia Southwestern shot 32.8% (21-for-64) from the field and was limited to only 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three-point range.

CSU returns back to action on Monday, January 24 when it faces off against No. 3 Clayton State in Morrow, GA.  The Lakers are currently undefeated at 16-0 with a conference tilt versus North Georgia this evening.  Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.