West Alabama knocks off Lady Cougars

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Columbus State could not capitalize on late opportunities falling to West Alabama 60-54 on Friday in final day of the Days INNvitational hosted by Valdosta State.

With the loss, the Lady Cougars drop back-to-back games for the first time this season and fall to 5-4 overall.  UWA improves to 4-6 on the year.

"We did not play good offense throughout game", said CSU head coach Jonathan Norton. "We have to finish inside the paint and stop letting our offense woes affect our defense."

"To become the team we can be, we have to sure up the little things."

The Lady Cougars came out shooting the ball well making four of their first six shots. UWA.

Then, CSU would go cold missing their next five shots over the next two minutes and 41 seconds before Chatil Bradford hit a layin to tie the game at 11 at the 11-minute mark.

Neither team would have a larger lead than three points until Jamie Gunter connected on 1-of-2 free throws with 3:06 left in the half to make the score 23-19. Asha Alexander went to the line with 13 seconds left and drained both shots to cut the deficit to 25-23 at the break.

The Tigers stretched their lead to a game high eight points coming out of the locker room as Nikkia Jordan made a successful jumper at the 16:35 mark.

Columbus State would continue to chip away at the lead cutting the margin to two-points four times with the last time coming with 3:51 left in the game.

The Lady Cougars had three possessions to attempt to tie the game but were unsuccessful. CSU missed thee lay-ups and turned the ball over once during that span.

West Alabama would go 6-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute to ice the game.

CSU committed 17 turnovers, one shy of a season high, and made only one shot (1-for-11) from beyond the arc. In the past two games, the Lady Cougars are 5-for-20 from three-point range and have committed 32 turnovers.

Dominique Gilbert was the only scoring threat for Columbus State as she recorded her fourth double-double of the season. The senior went 10-for-19 from the floor netting a game high 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds

Asha Alexander and Letiecia Davenport both scored eight points.

Three different Tigers scored in double figures led by Brittany Weathers who posted 14 points. She also tallied 11 rebounds as she registered her fifth double-double of the year. Synthea Reed also dominated the glass bringing down 11 boards.

Columbus State will have no time to rest as they host the defending National Champions, No. 5 Clayton State on Monday evening. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. ET at the Lumpkin Center.