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Lady Cougars lose heartbreaker at Carson-Newman

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Nikki James hit the game-winning basket with 18 seconds left to lift Carson-Newman to a 62-61 victory over Columbus State Tuesday evening in a non-conference match-up in the Holt Field house in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Down four points with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Asha Alexander made a layup and was fouled on the play.  The junior converted the free throw to bring CSU within one, 60-59 with 1:52 to go.

The Lady Cougars had three opportunities to take the lead but were unable to convert before Tae Smith knocked down a pair of free throws to put Columbus State ahead 61-60 with 44 seconds showing on the clock.  It was their first lead since Alexander hit a jumper with 20 seconds left in the first half to send CSU into the break in front 32-21

Coming out of a timeout, Carson-Newman got the ball to James who was able to convert the layup for the game-winner.  CSU got a desperation shot at the buzzer that did not fall.

In front at the half by a point, Columbus State extended their lead to three on a Taren White layup with 18:02 to go in the contest.

C-N would then go on a 7-0 run to take a 40-36 lead with 15:05 showing on the clock.  The Eagles would maintain their lead until Smith put Columbus State in front with her two free throws late in the game.  The biggest lead Carson-Newman would get in the second half was six points which they accomplished twice, the latest coming after Nikki James made a layup with 4:58 to go.

Taren White and Asha Alexander paced the CSU offensive attack scoring 16 points and 15 points, respectively while Tandria Milton added nine points off the bench as she connected on three three-pointers.

Columbus State was 22-for-54 (40.7%) from the field which included their 5-for-12 performance from long range.  The Lady Cougars were only 12-for-20 from the free throw line.

The Eagles went 24-for-52 (46.2%) from the floor and were 5-for-11 from downtown.  They helped their cause at the charity stripe going 9-for-13.

Nikki James scored a game high 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting and added six rebounds.  Tatum Burstrom also hit double figures chipping in with 16 points.  No other Eagle scored more than six points.

The two sides were even on the glass each grabbing 33 rebounds while Columbus State forced 24 turnovers to their 19.

CSU returns to action this weekend when it takes on Albany State on Saturday, November 24 at Fort Valley State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.

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