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Lady Cougars fall at Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE Fla. — Columbus State held a five-point lead at halftime, but could not hold on as the Lady Cougars fell at Flagler 89-72 on Monday afternoon in the Flagler Gymnasium in St. Augustine, FL.

The win was the first ever for the Saints over CSU in five meetings.

Columbus State is now 8-8 overall and 4-5 in Peach Belt Conference play, while Flagler improves to 6-8 on the season and 4-5 inside the conference.

The Lady Cougars trailed from the opening possession as Williesha Spencer scored the game's first five points. Flagler would stay in front until the 5:44 mark in the first half when Kayla Richards gave CSU its first lead with a three-pointer.

CSU led the rest of the half opening up an eight-point lead at 38-30 before Shelbi Lindsey hit a three with 13 seconds left to make it a 38-33 game at halftime.

The Saints quickly erased the deficit after the break scoring the first seven points of the second half to regain a 40-38 lead less than 90 seconds into the second period.

Columbus State led once more two minutes later at 44-42 on an Asha Alexander layup, but it would be the last time the Lady Cougars were in front.

Taren White tied the game at 57 with 9:43 remaining, but Lindsey put the Saints back in front on the following possession and Flagler never surrendered the lead the rest of the way.

FC closed the game on a 21-8 run to widen the margin.

The 56 points allowed by the Lady Cougars in the second half was the most they have allowed in any half this season.

Shan Basley paced CSU with 15 points, while Taren White and Asha Alexander added 14 and 10, respectively.

Flagler's five starters scored all 89 of the Saints' points, as all five ended in double figures led by Williesha Spencer with 24 points and 13 assists. Jen Knurek also finished with a double-double pouring in 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Shelbi Lindsey, Christina Brown and Treva Mason chipped in 17, 16 and 11, respectively.

Columbus State shot 46 percent (29-of-63) for the game and 7-of-20 (35 percent) from beyond the arc. Flagler finished at 52.4 percent (33-for-63), but shot a blistering 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the second half. The Saints were 10-for-23 from the three-point line.

The Lady Cougars will now return home for three straight games beginning Thursday against Montevallo. The Falcons defeated CSU 77-65 in Montevallo on December 15. Thursday's game with tip off at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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