Columbus State University

Columbus State women lose second straight

AUGUSTA, Ga. --Playing without head coach Jonathan Norton, the 13th-ranked Columbus State Lady Cougars lost 79-72 to Augusta on Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Norton collapsed on the sideline during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game at North Georgia. Norton spent the night in the hospital before returning to Columbus on Thursday.

He didn't accompany the team to Augusta, turning the team over to assistant coach Kiersten Reid.

The loss was CSU's second straight, the Lady Cougars' first two-game losing streak since the end of the 2013-14 regular season.

It was also the first time CSU lost to Augusta since the 2007-08 season.

Augusta led by 12 points, 73-61, with 4:24 left in the game. CSU made a run with Michelle Mitchell hitting a layup, followed by Britteny Tatum hitting a 3-pointer.

After the Jaguars (13-4, 6-2 Peach Belt Conference) made a free throw, Tatum hit another 3 and Mitchell made a layup and free throw as CSU climbed to within three, 75-72, with 39 seconds remaining.

But Augusta's Kariel Hutt got free for a layup to put the game away.

Mitchell finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season.

Tatum added 17 points with Gabby Williams and Ashley Asouzu scoring 11 each.

The Lady Cougars (12-3, 6-2) host Lander at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lumpkin Center. No decision has been made if Norton will return to coach against Lander.

COLUMBUS STATE (12-3, 6-2 PBC)

Michelle Mitchell 11-22 4-6 26; Britteny Tatum 6-14 2-2 17; Gabby Williams 5-12 0-0 11; Ashley Asouzu 5-8 1-2 11; Ashley Johnson 1-4 2-2 4; Eryn Cochran 1-3 0-0 3; Alexys Woods 0-0 0-0 0; Brea Walker 0-2 0-0 0; Kristian Carter 0-1 0-0 0; Erin Morrow 0-1 0-0 0; Tatiana Wayne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-68 9-12 72.

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY (13-4, 6-2 PBC)

Kayla Lovett 5-9 5-6 16; Joshlyn Belcher 4-8 3-3 14; Kariel Hutt 6-9 2-2 14; Camille Gee 3-10 5-6 11; Cynara Pitt 3-4 4-4 10; Tavia Sykes 3-9 4-4 10; Lonna Turner 1-3 0-0 2; Samantha Carlson 1-1 0-0 2; Mallory Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 23-25 79.Columbus State 27 10 12 23--72

Augusta 20 20 20 19--793-point goals--Columbus State 5-19 (Britteny Tatum 3-6; Eryn Cochran 1-3; Gabby Williams 1-5; Brea Walker 0-2; Erin Morrow 0-1; Tatiana Wayne 0-1; Michelle Mitchell 0-1), Augusta University 4-10 (Joshlyn Belcher 3-6; Kayla Lovett 1-1; Camille Gee 0-3). Fouled out--Columbus State-None, Augusta University-None. Rebounds--Columbus State 34 (Michelle Mitchell 12), Augusta University 34 (Kariel Hutt 10). Assists--Columbus State 12 (Alexys Woods 3; Gabby Williams 3), Augusta University 17 (Camille Gee 5). Total fouls--Columbus State 19, Augusta University 14. Technical fouls--Columbus State-None, Augusta University-None. A-255

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