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West Georgia knocks off Lady Cougars

COLUMBUS, Ga. - In its final game before Peach Belt Conference play begins, the Columbus State Lady Cougars fell 71-64 to West Georgia in the Lumpkin Center on Wednesday night.

The Lady Cougars have alternated wins and losses through six games and are now 3-3 on the season. West Georgia improves to 5-3 with the win.

CSU and West Georgia went back and forth early with six ties over the first 12 minutes. The Wolves then surged forward with a 10-0 to lead 28-18, a lead they would never relinquish.

The lead reached as much as 13 in the first half before CSU scored seven of the final nine points to cut the lead to eight at halftime.

West Georgia made another charge out of the gates in the second half scoring the first 10 points to extend the lead to 18.

Five straight points by Jerlisa Taylor put the Wolves in front by 21 at 51-30 with 15:11 to play, the largest advantage of the game.

Columbus State tried to scratch and claw back into the game but UWG had an answer for each run.

The Lady Cougars put together a 7-0 run with under three minutes to play to get back within single digits, but could get no closer than seven when the final horn sounded.

Shan Basley led the way for CSU with a season high 19 points and nine rebounds. Chatil Bradford set her career high in points with 18 including 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Asha Alexander continued her strong play adding nine points and 10 rebounds.

JaDechia Hill led four Wolves in double figures with 14 points and nine rebounds. Brittany Johnson chipped in 13 points, while Taylor Turgeon and Monè Peoples added 11 and 10, respectively.

The Lady Cougars shot just 35% (21-for-60) from the field and had their worst night of the season from behind the arc knocking down just 4-of-13 (30.8%) three-point attempts. CSU did shoot well from the free throw line hitting on 18-of-24 (75%) opportunities.

West Georgia finished at 47.2% (25-of-53) from the field and 6-of-16 (37.5%) from outside.

Columbus State continued its strong showing forcing turnovers as the Wolves turned it over 30 times which turned into 19 Lady Cougar points.  The 30 forced turnovers is the most CSU has forced since December 4, 2009 when West Alabama committed 35.

CSU now heads into PBC play on Saturday as they travel to Montevallo to take on the Falcons. The Lady Cougars will tip at 2:30 p.m. ET with the men's game following immediately thereafter.

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