Lady Cougars Face Tough Basketball Schedule

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State women's basketball head coach Jonathan Norton has announced the 2011-2012 Lady Cougar schedule featuring 26 regular season contests.  CSU will face six NCAA tournament participants from a season ago and will play 13 games at the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center.

The season tips off on November 11 as CSU faces Barry in the Nova Southeastern Tip-Off Tournament. The Lady Cougars defeated the Bucs 52-49 in last season's opening tilt.  On the following day, Columbus State will face the Nova Southeastern, for the first time in school history.

The Lady Cougars will wrap up the three-game road trip with a contest against West Georgia University in Carrollton, GA on November 19.

Columbus State University will be the host of the first annual Peach Belt/SIAC Challenge playing games against Fort Valley State (Nov. 26) and Albany State (Nov. 27). Georgia Southwestern will also play a game apiece against the two SIAC opponents in the Lumpkin Center.

Preparing for the grueling Peach Belt Conference schedule, the Lady Cougars will host West Florida on December 2. The Argonauts defeated CSU 70-63 last season in Pensacola. The Lady Cougars will then travel to Montevallo, AL to play their first game of the PBC schedule against the Lady Falcons on December 6.

On December 15 and 16, Columbus State will play in their second tournament of the year as they compete in the Valdosta Days Inn Classic. The Lady Cougars will take on Valdosta State on day one and then wrap up the tournament with a game against West Alabama.

One of the highlights of the 2011-2012 schedule is on December 19 when defending NCAA Division II national champions Clayton State comes to town to face the Lady Cougars in a conference match-up. To wrap up the 2011 calendar year, CSU will host Carson Newman on New Years' Eve at 1:00 p.m.

In the new year, the schedule is packed with Peach Belt Conference games. Georgia College will make their annual trip to Columbus to face CSU on January 4 before the Lady Cougars hit the road to Aiken, South Carolina to square off against USC Aiken (Jan. 7).

The Lady Cougars will return home for a two game homestand with games against Armstrong Atlantic State University (Jan. 12) and Flagler College (Jan. 14). A rematch of one of last seasons most thrilling game is then on tap for CSU as the Lady Cougars face Lander in Greenwood, South Carolina. Columbus State had a late lead against the number one team in the nation before falling by seven points last season.

Before returning home, the Lady Cougars will make a pit stop in Augusta, GA to face the Lady Jaguars of Augusta State on January 23. CSU will then have their longest home stint of the season with games against UNC Pembroke (Jan. 28), Francis Marion (Jan. 29) and North Georgia (Feb. 4).

Hitting the road yet again, Columbus State will travel to Americus, GA for a game against Georgia Southwestern (Feb. 6) before going to Milledgeville, GA to wrap up the season series against Georgia College on February 11.

CSU will host a single game against Montevallo on February 15 before leaving Columbus for the final time in the season. On February 18, Morrow, GA will be the site as the Lady Cougars take on Clayton State and then CSU will wrap up the road portion of their schedule with a game against North Georgia (Feb. 22).

The final game of the regular season is on February 25 as Georgia Southwestern is welcomed into the Lumpkin Center on Senior Day.

Columbus State University will be the host for the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament, which will be held on March 1 through March 4 in the Lumpkin Center. CSU last hosted the PBC Tournament in 2003 with the Lady Cougars coming up just one point shy from winning the conference title.