Lady Cougars Shake Cold Start, Defeat Georgia College 58-42
Milledgeville, GA – The Columbus State University women's basketball team missed their first 12 shot attempts but still managed to defeat Georgia College 58-42 Saturday afternoon in a Peach Belt Conference match-up. The game was played in Centennial Center in Milledgeville, GA.
With CSU having earlier shooting woes, Georgia College could not get out to a lead scoring only three points in the first 10 minutes of action. After making their first field goal attempt, the Bobcats went 1-for-11 from the field until Shanteona Keys made a lay-up at the 8:59 mark.
Chatil Bradford netted the first points for the Lady Cougars with a three-pointer at the 10:44 mark. Shan Basley gave CSU a 5-3 lead going 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The Lady Cougars would never relinquish the lead for the reminder of the game.
Basley gave Columbus State a 10-point lead (16-6) conecting on a jumper at the 4:31 mark before the Bobcats scored seven straight points cutting the margin down to three. Keys had five points during the spurt including a three-pointer to cap it off.
Marina DeFoor hit the final shot of the half, a three-point basket, with 1:40 to go until the break putting the Lady Cougars up by six (21-15).
CSU took control of the game for good outscoring Georgia College 12-to-6 over the next three minutes and 14 seconds to take a commanding 50-34 lead with 5:01 left in the game. Five different Lady Cougars scored during the run.
Dominique Gilbert led Columbus State in scoring netting in 12 points. Shan Basley also scored in double figures adding 10. Asha Alexander scored nine while Lauren Grisham and Chatil Bradford each chipped in with eight for CSU.
Shanteona Keys scored a game high 18 points for Georgia College while Belinda Schaafsma grabbed 17 rebounds.
As a team, Georgia College shot just 26.8 percent (15-for-56) from the floor.
Columbus State will be back in action on Wednesday, February 14 as they will take on Montevallo. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. inside the Lumpkin Center. With a victory, CSU will clinch their 21st consecutive trip to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.