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COLUMBUS, Ga. — After trailing by a point with two minutes remaining in the first half, the Columbus State Lady Cougars closed out the first 20 minutes with eight straight points and pulled away after halftime for an 80-52 win over Albany State on Wednesday night in the Lumpkin Center.

CSU improves to 3-2 on the season, while Albany State falls to 1-3. It was the second victory for the Lady Cougars over ASU in 11 days after knocking off the Lady Rams 75-66 on November 24 in Fort Valley.

In a first half that featured eight ties and eight lead changes, Albany State held a 28-27 edge with two minutes left after a layup by Mecca Frost.

Chatil Bradford gave CSU the lead back with a layup of her own and the Lady Cougars followed it with back-to-back three-pointers by Marina DeFoor and Shan Basley. The three by Basley came as the clock was expiring in the first half giving Columbus State a 35-28 advantage going into the break.

Albany State cut the lead to four less than three minutes into the second half on a three by Deborah Hoe, but the Lady Rams would get no closer.

Columbus State answered with a 13-0 run capped off by Bradford's basket that extended the lead to 17 at 50-33.

The Lady Cougars continued to pour it on from there widening the lead out to 30 with 1:52 to play.

The scoring was very balanced for CSU as eight players scored at least seven points and four finished in double figures. Columbus State received a huge boost off its bench outscoring the Albany State bench 53-14.

Shan Basley, Marina DeFoor and Kiersten Reid each netted in 12 points to lead the way for the Lady Cougars. The 12 points matched a career high for Reid and was the season high for Basley and DeFoor. Chatil Bradford was also in double digits with 10. Asha Alexander scored eight points and pulled down a career high 14 rebounds as well.

Mecca Frost led Albany State with 11 points, while Kedeemya Cooper added 10.

After entering the game as the leading three-point shooting team in NCAA Division II at 46.8 percent, Columbus State missed its first seven shots from outside. However, the Lady Cougars finished strong knocking down 10 of the next 15 to finish at 45.5 percent for the game.

CSU finished 30-of-65 (46.2 percent) from the field and 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

The Lady Cougars will now have a week to prepare for West Georgia as the two will go head-to-head Wednesday, December 12 in the Lumpkin Center. It will be the final contest for CSU prior to the start of Peach Belt Conference play. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.

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