COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State Lady Cougars shot 50 percent (13-for-26) from the field in the first half and shot 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from three-point range for the game to defeat Montevallo 55-46 on Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference game at the Lumpkin Center.
Marina DeFoor was the Lady Cougars main threat from downtown going 3-of-6 from beyond the arc scoring 11 points for CSU. Dominique Gilbert and Shan Basley each netted 12 for Columbus State.
Gilbert blocked a career high six shots moving her season total to 59. She has 109 in her CSU career.
With the victory, CSU clinched a berth in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament for the 21st consecutive season, the most in conference history. The Lady Cougars have never failed to qualify for the tournament.
Columbus State (14-9, 9-5) got off to a quick starting building an 18-8 lead after the first six minutes of action. During that time, CSU shot 70 percent (7-for-10) including hitting 4-of-6 three-point attempts. Marina DeFoor started the game with five points which included one three-pointer while Shan Basley made back-to-back trifectas to give the Lady Cougars a 10-point lead.
CSU stretched their lead to 12, their largest advantage of the first half, on a Gilbert jump shot.
Montevallo (9-14, 4-10) crawled their way back into the game thanks to six Lady Cougar turnovers in a three minute and 26 second period that allowed the Falcons to get within six, 30-24, with 1:08 left in the opening half.
The Lady Cougars made their last two shots of the period to take a 34-24 lead into halftime.
Asha Alexander and Basley combined to score the first eight Lady Cougar points of the second half while Carrie Washington laid in a bucket to extend CSU's lead to 44-32 with 16:39 remaining in the game.
Alexander started a 9-2 spurt at the 10:31 mark hitting a two-pointer before DeFoor made her third and final three-pointer of the night to give CSU a 51-38 lead. Alexander hit another mid-range jumper stretching the lead to 15, the largest lead of the night for the hosts.
Alexander scored all of her eight points in the second half.
Freshman Taylor Beverly recorded a double-double for the Falcons scoring a game high 16 points while bringing down 10 rebounds. Davia Harris also had a double-figure night scoring 10.