Lady Cougars knock off Armstrong

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Dominique Gilbert scored a season high 24 points while Shan Basley netted 17 as the Columbus State Lady Cougars beat Armstrong Atlantic State University 80-69 on Thursday evening at the Lumpkin Center in a Peach Belt Conference match-up.

With the victory, Columbus State is now 8-6 and 3-2 inside the PBC while Armstrong falls to 8-6 and 3-4 in league play. The Lady Cougars have now won three straight against the Pirates for the first time since CSU won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.

Neither team could string together baskets early on as the two sides were knotted up seven times through the first seven plus minutes of action. From there, the Pirates would go on a 6-2 run to take an 18-12 lead. The six-point advantage was the largest lead of the game for the visitors.

CSU head coach Jonathan Norton would then call a quick 30 second timeout which sparked the Lady Cougars. After the timeout, CSU would go on a 14-3 spurt to take a 26-21 lead with 7:06 to go in the half. The run was fueled by Dominique Gilbert who had six points with three other Lady Cougars scoring during the four-minute outburst.

Columbus State would outscore Armstrong 25-11 from Norton's time at the 11:14 mark until the end of the half.  Behind Gilbert's 16 first half points, CSU took a 39-29 advantage into the locker room.

Coming out of the break, the Lady Cougars stretched their lead to 19 points (56-37) with 14:12 left in the game. The 19 point cushion was the largest lead of the game for CSU. Gilbert and Basley both had six points during the 17-8 run.

The Pirates began chipping away at the Lady Cougar lead cutting it to nine with 9:01 remaining in the game. Columbus State would have none of that as they outscored AASU 7-2 in a minute and 57 seconds to go back ahead by 14 (69-55).

Armstrong would try to make the game interesting one final time getting within eight (73-65) of the Lady Cougars with 1:56 remaining. However, CSU knocked down seven of their final eight free throws to ice the game.

Columbus State shot 44.3 percent (31-for-70) from the field which was their best shooting performance since November 26 versus Fort Valley State (46 percent). The Lady Cougars shot a season low four three-point field goal attempts sinking two.

Dominique Gilbert netted 24 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Along with Gilbert, three other CSU players scored in double-figures including Shan Basley who registered 17 points. Letiecia Davenport and Asha Alexander chipped in with 11 and 1o points, respectively.

Demisha Mills paced the Armstrong attacked scoring 14 points while Mauri Wells collected a double-double scoring 12 points and collecting 13 boards.

Columbus State will continue a two-game home stand on Saturday, January 14 as they host Flagler. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at the Lumpkin Center.