Columbus State Women’s Basketball Loses 64-48 to Georgia College
Milledgeville – The Columbus State women's basketball team had a four point lead midway through the second half but eventually fell to Georgia College 64-48 Saturday afternoon inside the Centennial Center. CSU drops to 14-10 on the season and 7-8 in conference action while the Lady Bobcats improve to 17-6 mark and 9-6 in Peach Belt play.
Georgia College scored the first four points of the game and raced out to an 11-5 lead five minutes into the game.
The Lady Cougars would respond with an 8-0 run to take a 13-11 advantage at the 12:35 mark in the first half. Nakita Holt netted four of the eight points while Marah Wright and Dominique Gilbert each added a basket.
Both teams would go back and forth on the scoreboard over the next five minutes before Gilbert made a layup and Baleigh Coley knocked down a three-pointer to give CSU their biggest advantage of the first half, 23-18 with 6:43 to go in the opening 20 minutes of action.
The score would be tied two more times before Tandria Milton gave the visitors a 28-25 lead with just over two minutes left in the half.
GC netted the next four points as the Lady Cougars came up empty on their final four possessions and headed into the locker room with a 29-28 edge.
Coming out of the break, Karisma Boykin hit a three-pointer for Georgia College to extend their lead to 32-38.
A 9-2 spurt by CSU put them back on top 37-34 six minutes into the second half. They outscored the Lady Bobcats by one, 7-6, over the next four and a half minutes upping their lead to 44-40.
GC took command of the game at that point going on an impressive 17-0 run sparked by Krysta Lewis and Chimere Jordan scoring 9 points and 6 points, respectively. Dominique Huffin added the other two points on a pair of free throws.
Ahead 57-44 with 3:26 to go in the contest, Georgia College outscored CSU 7-4 to close out the game.
Milton paced the CSU offense with 12 points hitting four three-pointers in the match. Gilbert was right behind her with 11 points and added 10 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. The Lady Cougars held a slight 42-40 edge on the glass but committed 26 turnovers leading to 28 GC points. Columbus State was 20-for-56 (35.7%) from the floor hitting 5-of-18 (27.8%) attempts from three-point range.
Four Lady Bobcats reached double figures led by Jordan's 18 points. Huffin netted 17 points, Boykin added 12 points while Lewis had 11 points. Jordan also had a team high eight rebounds while Boykin dished out six assists. GC shot 37.3% (22-for-59) from the field including 5-for-17 (29.4%) from downtown. They were also 15-for-18 (83.3%) from the charity stripe.
Columbus State returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, February 23 when it travels to take on Georgia Southwestern in a pivotal Peach Belt Conference matchup. The Lady Cougars defeated GSW earlier in the season inside the Lumpkin Center 70-54. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.