Columbus State Women's Basketball Drops Game to Fourth Ranked Clayton State
Morrow, GA – The Columbus State University women's basketball team held a 25-15 lead over fourth ranked Clayton State will 9:01 showing on the clock in the first half before the Lakers outscored the Lady Cougars 22-8 in the final nine minutes of the half to lift them to a 82-70 victory over CSU Saturday evening. The Peach Belt Conference match-up was played in Morrow, GA in the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Six different Clayton State (24-2, 14-1) players scored in double-figures with Brittnay Hall leading the way with 17. Hall was 6-for-10 from the field including going 3-of-4 from three-point range. Drameka Griggs was also in the grove from downtown netting in 15 points while hitting 3-of-5 shots from beyond the arc.
After the two sides went back-and-forth to open the game, the Lady Cougars went on a 12-4 run at the 13:47 mark to take a 10-point lead (25-15) over the PBC Western Division leaders. Letiecia Davenport paced the attack with seven points during the run.
The Lakers wasted no time in regaining the lead taking a 29-28 advantage with 4:39 remaining in the half. During that time, the Lakers outscored CSU 14-3.
Clayton State finally got going from long range after starting the game 2-for-11 as the Lakers hit back-to-back threes to take a 35-31 lead with 2:24 left in the half.
Coming out of the break down four, Davenport wasted no time scoring the first bucket of the second half cutting the Lady Cougar deficit to just two points, 37-35.
Clayton State again used the three ball to hurt Columbus State (14-10, 9-6) going on a 10-4 run with the spurt being capped off with a Griggs' trifecta to make the score 47-39 with 17:06 left in the game.
The Lakers continued to stretch their lead eventually grabbing an 18-point advantage (67-49) over CSU.
Being down by a game high 18-points with 9:54 showing on the clock, the Lady Cougars showed their toughness going on a 11-3 run to get within 10 of the Lakers with just seven minutes left on the clock. However, that would be the closest Columbus State would get as Clayton State responded with a 9-2 run of their own to close out the game.
Marina DeFoor had another solid game for Columbus State scoring a season high 17 points while going 5-for-8 from three-point range. Leticia Davenport also scored 17 for the Lady Cougars.
Dominique Gilbert was one rebound shy of a double-double as she scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards.
Columbus State will play its final road game of the season Wednesday, February 22 as they face off against North Georgia. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. inside Memorial Hall.