Lady Cougars win in OT in Augusta

CSU Women 75, GRU Augusta 62 (OT)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It was all about taking care of business in overtime.

Columbus State held GRU Augusta scoreless in extra time to post a 75-62 win in a PBC women's basketball game at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Sunday. It was the Lady Cougars tenth straight win and 35th overall against the school formerly know as Augusta State. Columbus State improved to 16-5, 11-4 in the PBC while the Jaguars dropped to 9-13, 5-10.

The Lady Cougars kept GRU Augusta completely scoreless throughout the entire five minutes of overtime. CSU is 3-1 in overtime games this year.

Asha Alexander led the Lady Cougars in points with 20 backed by Tae Smith with 18. Smith also dished out five assists and made four steals. Carrie Washington led the boards with 15 in her 11th game this season with double-digit rebounds.

Jemimah Ashby had a game-high 22 points while leading GRUA's offense. Tavia Sykes put in 17 points, and Kesley Fynaardt led rebounding for the Jaguars with nine.

The Jaguars scored the first five points, but a jumper by Alexander and a trey by Dee Dee Deshazer tied the game up 5-5 at 14:42 in what was a slow-scoring start on both sides. The contest continued to be close throughout the half.

GRU Augusta was able to quickly jump out by five points again, but the pesky Lady Cougars stayed close behind. Although the Jaguars kept the advantage, they led by no more than six points during the first 14 minutes.

After Kristen Kennebrew scored a quick three points after being fouled on a jumper and making the extra point from the charity stripe, GRUA began to pull away. Trailing 18-15 with 5:51 on the clock, CSU was outscored 12-5 for the Jaguars to gain their largest lead of 10, 30-20 with 2:02 before the break.

Tae Smith answered the call with a shot from beyond the arc, and the Lady Cougars went to the locker room down 34-27. CSU had cut the lead down to five, but Lonna Turner dropped in a layup with 20 seconds left to make it a seven-point advantage going into the second half.

A refreshed CSU squad came out with the first seven points of the second half and tied it at 34-all three minutes in. Trading buckets and tying the game eight times, the Lady Cougars pulled away slightly with a 7-0 run that gave them a 53-46 lead with 9:11 on the clock.

GRUA was able to return the favor and secure the ninth tie of the game, 53-53 at the 6:41 mark. After Ashby scored four points to give the Jaguars a small edge again, Kayla Richards knocked down her second trey of the day for a 57-all game with 1:57 left in regulation.

The Jaguars and the Lady Cougars traded free throws and a long shot at the buzzer by Marrisa Mandeldove missed to send the game into overtime, 62-62.

GRU Augusta was 0-for-6 from the floor in the last five minutes of play. While the Lady Cougars made two of four field goals, they went 8-for-13 from the line and made four steals to clinch the win. CSU committed no fouls in overtime.

The Lady Cougars will continue Peach Belt play on the road at Montevallo on Wednesday, February 19th.  They return to the Lumpkin Center on Saturday for Columbus State's Homecoming and final home game of the regular season.