Davenport Powers Lady Cougars Past Patriots

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Columbus – Letiecia Davenport scored a career high 18 points while Marina DeFoor chipped in with 12 points off the bench as the Columbus State University women's basketball team defeated Francis Marion 72-59 in a Peach Belt Conference tilt Sunday afternoon in the Lumpkin Center. 

CSU is now 12-7 overall and improved to 7-3 in the league play while FMU falls to 6-12 and 2-9 in conference action. 

"Life is always easier when you are hitting shots", said Jonathan Norton, CSU head coach. 

"We had great production off the bench with Marina [DeFoor] and Lauren [Grisham] and I am so glad that Letiecia [Davenport] did what she did today. She has been working her tail off at practice and it paid off today." 

Once again, the Columbus State offense got of to a cold start with Letiecia Davenport single handedly keeping the Lady Cougars in the game making the team's first three buckets. Except for Danveport, CSU was 0-for-7 in the first six minutes of action as Francis Marion held a slim 9-7 lead. 

Marina DeFoor connected on her first three-pointer of the game which woke up the Lady Cougar offense as CSU went on a 15-4 run to take the lead for good. DeFoor would go on to hit another long range shot during the run before Dominique Gilbert closed it out with six straight points. 

Columbus State would continue to control the game as they stretched their lead to 16-points twice during the half with the final time coming on another DeFoor trifecta, making the score 37-21 with 2:21 left in the opening half. 

Francis Marion scored the final five points of the half to cut the deficit down to 11 (37-26) at the break. 

In the second half, the Patriots would cut the margin down to single digits twice before the Lady Cougars went on a 22-8 spurt to take a commanding 23-point lead (61-38) with just 8:46 to go in the game. Lauren Grisham capped the run off by draining two three-point shots on back-to-back possessions. 

FMU began chipping away at the Lady Cougar lead as they cut the margin down to 14 (63-49) after Carmella Thompson made her second three-pointer of the game. 

Francis Marion would not get any closer than 12 for the remainder of the game. 

Letiecia Davenport had a career day for Columbus State as she went 7-for-12 from the field netting 18 points. Marina DeFoor (12 pts.), Asha Alexander (10 pts.) and Dominique Gilbert (10 pts.) all scored in double figures for CSU. 

DeFoor went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc on her way to a season high in points. Gilbert recorded her third double-double of the week and eighth of the season as she brought down a game high 14 rebounds. The all-time CSU block shot leader was at it again rejecting three shot attempts. 

For the week, Gilbert averaged 17 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.

Brittany Christian was the only offense Francis Marion had during the game as the guard scored a game high 29 points while shooting 9-for-16 from the field. She also connected on 5-of-8 shot attempts from downtown. 

Columbus State will hit the hardwood again next Saturday, February 4 as they host North Georgia in a Peach Belt Conference match-up. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. inside the Lumpkin Center.

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