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Lady Cougars hang on to beat Georgia Southwestern

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus State Lady Cougars held off a second-half rally to beat Georgia Southwestern 67-56 on Thursday night at the Lumpkin Center. For CSu, it was their fifth straight victory. as the Lady Cougars improved to 14-4, 9-3 in the Peach Belt Conference while dropping the Lady Canes to 8-12, 3-10.

Carrie Washington led the way with 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. It was her fifth double-double of the year. She also added four blocks to her total to move up to third all-time in CSU history with 67 in her three-plus years as a Lady Cougar.

Chatil Bradford had her sixth double-double of the season as she finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Asha Alexander also added 14 points in the victory.

Shanedra Lockett led the Hurricanes in scoring with 20 points. She also had 10 rebounds.

Despite coming out with a 7-0 lead to begin the festivities, the Lady Cougars had some difficulty shooting in the first half as they only hit 36.6 percent, but still maintained a steady lead thanks in part to the Lady Canes shooting only 38.9 percent on their end.

Kristen Kennebrew hit a long one from beyond the arc to kick off a 9-2 CSU run that started with 5:42 left in the first half and went until the 3:22 mark as they began to pull away. A late layup by Washington netted her 11 first half points, and after a pair of free throws by Bradford the Lady Cougars led 41-32 at the break.

Columbus State went from shooting 9-for-30 in the first 14 minutes to making 7-for-11 to close out the period.

The shooting woes restarted in the second half for the Lady Cougars as CSU did not hit a shot until the 16:32 mark in the second half when Bradford dropped in a layup putting her squad up 45-36.

With a 12-point CSU lead of 52-40 at 10:56, Georgia Southwestern went on a 13-2 run to draw within one point, 54-53 with 5:49 on the clock. Lockett picked up eight of the 13 in the Lady Cane push.

After CSU head coach Jonathan Norton called a timeout to stop GSW's momentum, the Lady Cougars began to find their stroke as they finished the game on a 13-3 run. Shatoria Hudson was the only player to score for Georgia Southwestern in the last five-plus minutes when she knocked down a trey at the 3:16 mark.

Dee Dee Deshazer hit two of her three treys made in the game during the last five minutes.

Next up for the Lady Cougars are the North Georgia Nighthawks. North Georgia enters the game with a 15-4 record, but is coming off a loss to Young Harris. The Nighthawks were ranked 20th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll. Tip-off is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Lumpkin Center.

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