AIKEN, S.C. -- The Columbus State Lady Cougars fell to USC Aiken 67-57 Saturday.
The Lady Cougars remained close throughout the game, but USC Aiken topped CSU by five points in both halves to pick up the win.
USC Aiken got out to a five-point lead in the first three minutes of the contest at 7-2, but CSU came to within two points of the lead at 7-5 just a minute later.
USC Aiken had a 15-12 lead halfway through the first half, but Columbus State cut that lead to 16-14 with a basket by Chatil Bradford.
The Lady Pacers had a 26-21 lead with 3:54 remaining in the first half, but the Lady Cougars would whittle the deficit down to just one point at 26-25 with 1:54 remaining in the half after a free throw by Bradford.
USC Aiken ended the half on a 4-0 run for a 30-25 lead at the break.
The Lady Pacers took their largest lead of the game at 40-25 at the 16:32 mark of the second half, and the closest CSU would come throughout the rest of the contest was eight points at 58-50 with 2:18 remaining.
Bradford led the Lady Cougars with 15 points. She also had 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Tae Smith had 11 points, and Britteny Tatum, Carrie Washington and Kristen Kennebrew tallied seven points apiece. Washington led the team in rebounds with 15.
Columbus State (7-3, 2-2 Peach Belt Conference) will host Francis Marion Friday at 5:30 p.m.