Lady Cougars fall to Clayton State 86-75

FROM STAFF REPORTSMarch 1, 2014 

MORROW, Ga. -- The Columbus State Lady Cougars fell to Clayton State 86-75 Saturday, the final day of the regular season for the Peach Belt Conference.

CSU finishes the regular season 13-6 in the conference and 18-7 overall.

The Lady Cougars got off to a slow start, as Clayton State scored six unanswered points to start the game.

The score remained close for much of the first half, and a free throw by Britteny Tatum gave CSU its first lead of the contest at 15-14 with 11:19 left before halftime.

Clayton State finished the half on a 30-20 run, however, and took a 44-35 advantage into the break.

Clayton State kept around a 10-point lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the Lady Cougars closed the gap to three points at 65-62 after a Chatil Bradford jump shot with 6:52 remaining.

A jump shot by Tae Smith with 5:21 left to play narrowed the gap to one point at 69-68, but Clayton State would take over from there and finish on a 17-7 run to pick up the win.

Smith led CSU with 32 points in the game.

Asha Alexander tallied 10 points, and Bradford and Tatum scored eight points apiece.

Carrie Washington had seven points and led the Lady Cougars in rebounds with 13.

Columbus State will enter the PBC tournament as the No. 3 seed from the West division. CSU will play Flagler, the No. 2 seed from the East division, Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center.

COLUMBUS STATE (18-7; 13-6 PBC)

Tae Smith 14-23 1-2 32; Asha Alexander 5-11 0-0 10; Chatil Bradford 3-16 2-2 8; Britteny Tatum 2-11 4-4 8; Carrie Washington 2-5 3-4 7; Ashley Asouzu 2-2 1-2 5; Kayla Richards 1-5 0-0 3; Mary McCarty 1-2 0-0 2; Kim Blake 0-0 0-0 0; Kristen Kennebrew 0-1 0-0 0; Dee Dee Deshazer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-76 11-14 75.

CLAYTON STATE (21-5; 16-3 PBC)

Tweety Hawkins 9-14 5-6 25; Shacamra Jackson 9-13 2-2 20; Bena Hanyard 3-8 9-10 16; Andrea Benford 5-12 3-4 13; Tiayra Green 4-6 0-0 8; Kiana Morton 2-8 0-0 4; Kayla Pryce 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 19-22 86.

Halftime: Clayton State 44-35. 3-point goals--Columbus State 4-15 (Tae Smith 3-7; Kayla Richards 1-3; Chatil Bradford 0-2; Britteny Tatum 0-2; Kristen Kennebrew 0-1), Clayton State 3-11 (Tweety Hawkins 2-4; Bena Hanyard 1-2; Tiayra Green 0-1; Kiana Morton 0-2; Kayla Pryce 0-1; Shacamra Jackson 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State-None, Clayton State-None. Rebounds--Columbus State 46 (Carrie Washington 13), Clayton State 35 (Shacamra Jackson 10). Assists--Columbus State 13 (Britteny Tatum 6), Clayton State 14 (Andrea Benford 4). Total fouls--Columbus State 18, Clayton State 11. Technical fouls--Columbus State-TEAM, Clayton State-None. A-301.

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