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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Kiersten Reid nailed a clutch three-point shot that lifted the Columbus State Lady Cougars to a 92-88 victory over visiting North Georgia on Thursday evening at the Lumpkin Center.

After two Taren White free throws gave CSU a slight 85-84 lead, the reigning National Player of the Year Jaymee Carnes went down the court and made a jumper that allowed the Saints to regain the lead with just 57 seconds left in the game.

Following a timeout, the Lady Cougars brought the ball up their side of the court with about 14 seconds left on the shot clock. Reid dished the ball off to Asha Alexander who drove inside the lane on the right side allowing Reid to leak out to the right baseline corner. Alexander found Reid as the defense collapsed and Reid drained the three-point shot while also drawing a foul that gave the Lady Cougars an 88-86 lead.

Reid missed the free throw but North Georgia touched it out of bounds icing the game for Columbus State.

With the victory, Columbus State swept a crucial three-game homestand against Peach Belt Conference West Division rivals while improving their overall record to 11-8 and 7-5 inside PBC play. It also gave CSU its first three-game winning streak of the season.

North Georgia falls to 7-11 and 5-6 in conference play.

It was a high scoring affair from the beginning as both teams shot 65.6 percent (21-for-32) from the field in the opening half. Through the first 10 minutes of the game, neither team went ahead by more than three points while there were nine lead changes and six tie scores.

The Saints finally opened the game up at the 9:49 mark as Keeley Chester knocked down a three-pointer that gave the visitors a 29-24 lead. NGA eventually built a 10-point advantage (46-36) just four and a half minutes later on a pair of Jasmine Manning free throws.

However, the Lady Cougars outscored North Georgia 15-5 in the final 4:47 to tie the game at 51 at the break. CSU scored the final six points in the half off of three-pointers by Kayla Richards and Shan Basley.

Coming out of the break, it was Columbus State's turn to jump out to a lead as the Lady Cougars built a seven-point lead (63-56) with 13:25 showing on the clock.

After the Saints cut the lead back to three (63-60) at the 12:09 mark, Columbus State went on a 7-1 to jump out to a nine-point advantage, 70-61, midway through the half. During the spurt, Chatil Bradford scored five points while Basley capped it off with a layup.

North Georgia battled right back scoring 10 unanswered points to regain a 71-70 advantage with 7:15 to go. It was a balanced attack as four different Saints scored during the run.

North Georgia continued scoring eventually taking a five-point lead on a Carnes jumper that made the score 80-75 with 4:06 showing on the clock. CSU didn't back down however, getting the deficit down to one, 84-83, on a Bradford layup with 1:09 left in the game setting up finish.

Chatil Bradford ended the night with 23 points going 10-for-12 from the floor while also grabbing seven rebounds. Kiersten Reid and Kayla Richards scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.

For the Saints, Jaymee Carnes led the way scoring a game high 30 points. She was 13-for-21 from the field and went 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Stephanie Huffman (18), Mimi Hill (16) and Keeley Chester (11) all scored in double-digits.

Both teams finished the game shooting over 50 percent from the field as North Georgia shot 59% (36-for-61) while the Lady Cougars ended the night with a 51.6% (33-for-64) shooting mark. CSU made 11-of-20 three-point shot attempts while the Saints went 6-for-12 from beyond the arc.

The 92 points scored was the most points Columbus State has scored in a game since defeating Edward Waters 95-32 on December 19, 2009. It was also the highest scoring game in the Jonathan Norton era as the two teams combined to score 180 points.

Columbus State will be back in action on Saturday, taking on Georgia College in Milledgeville. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET at the Centennial Center.

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