Lady Cougars handle North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Columbus State UniversityLady Cougars forced 22 North Georgia turnovers and held them to a 31.6 shooting percentage as they went on to win 58-43 over the Lady Saints. The Peach Belt Conference match-up was played in Memorial Hall in Dahlonega.

"I can't explain how proud I am for these young ladies", stated CSU head coach Jonathan Norton. "They were more focused and in tune to what was going on the court than I have ever seen them before."

"We played great defense holding them to 42 points in their own gym. It was a great team victory, " added Norton.

Columbus State (15-10, 10-6) took their first lead of the game on a Marina DeFoor three-pointer at the 17:50 mark giving CSU a 7-4 advantage.

The Lady Saints wasted no time grabbing a 10-9 advantage as Crystal Moore made a jumper.

From there, CSU went on an 8-2 run to take the lead for good. Lauren Matheney knocked down a shot right on the three-point line as the shot clock was expiring to cap off the spurt and to give CSU a 17-12 lead with 13:12 remaining.

Shan Basley gave CSU a six-point lead with a jumper pushing the score to 24-18. The two sides would exchange buckets before Amanda Rector hit a shot and Jaymee Carnes connected on a three-pointer to bring the Lady Saints within three (30-27) at the 4:30 mark.

Columbus State would play great defense to close out the half forcing five turnovers as NGCSU went 0-for-5 in the final 4:30 of the first half. Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars scored five unanswered points to take a 35-27 halftime lead.

Dominique Gilbert scored the first four points of the second half to give CSU a 39-27 cushion.

After two Carnes free throws, Basley made a three-pointer while Asha Alexander connected on a jumper as the Lady Cougars increased their lead to 14 (44-30) with 14:45 remaining in the game.

Stephanie Huffman would lay-in a bucket at the 14:26 mark before Columbus State held the Lady Saints scoreless for the next six minutes and 51 seconds. During that time, CSU took a 48-32 lead, increasing their lead to a game high 16 points.

North Georgia (12-13, 6-10) would cut the lead down to 11 with 4:00 minutes to go in the game but would not get any closer as Columbus State went on for the victory.

Three Columbus State players scored in double figures including Dominique Gilbert who netted in 16. Asha Alexander and Shan Basley chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Gilbert brought down nine rebounds while Letiecia Davenport recorded eight boards.

As a team, CSU shot 37.9 percent (25-for-66) despite going just 2-for-20 from three-point range.

Jaymee Carners scored a game high 21 points but scored just five points in the second half.

Columbus State will play its final game of the regular season Saturday, February 25 as they take on Georgia Southwestern. The winner of the game will be the second seed from the Peach Belt Conference Western Division in the upcoming PBC Tournament. It is also part of CSU's homecoming celebration.  Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.