Columbus State women suffer first loss of the season

FROM STAFF REPORTSDecember 1, 2013 

AMERICUS, Ga. -- Columbus State suffered its first loss of the season, 71-69 in overtime to Albany State on Sunday.

The game was part of the Peach Belt/SIAC Challenge being played at Georgia Southwestern.

Artisha Holston, who led the Lady Rams (4-1) with 23 points, gave ASU a 70-69 lead wiuth 20 seconds left in overtime.

CSU's Britteny Tatum was called for an offensive foul, forcing the Lady Cougars to foul and send ASU to the free-throw line. After ASU made 1-of-2 free throws, CSU's Tae Smith missed a game-tying shot at the buzzer.

CSU (4-1) went on a 16-5 run late in the first half to build a 31-20 lead, but the Lady Rams ralled and cut the deficit to two, 33-31, by halftime.

CSU started the second half by building the lead back to 11, 44-33, in the first four minutes.

The Lady Cougars held the lead until ASU scored eight straight points for a 63-59 lead with 1;28 left.

Smith took advantage of a Holston turnover to score on a layup, then Smith stole the ball again from Holston. She fed Chantil Bradford a basket to tie the game at 63.

Bradford led CSU with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tatum had 16 points, followed by Smith with 15 and Asha Alexander with 11.

CSU will host Selma University at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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