Columbus State University

Columbus State women have chance to tie for division lead

Just 10 days ago, the Columbus State Lady Cougars were mired in a slump, having lost three-of-four. To make matters worse, Clayton State was still undefeated in the Peach Belt Conference, meaning the Lady Cougars were three games behind in the Western Division.

Since then, CSU (15-4, 9-3) has won twice, while Clayton State (16-3, 10-2) has lost twice, giving CSU a chance to force a tie for first place with a win Wednesday night. The two teams tip off at 5:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center.

"Wednesday night is a huge game with a lot on the line," CSU coach Jonathan Norton said. "Our challenge is to go out and treat it just like any other game, do what we do best and try to win a basketball game."

CSU also a chance to break a program and conference record as well. The Lady Cougars have won 26 straight games at the Lumpkin Center. CSU set the record of 26 the first time from 1999-2001. That streak started with the first 11 wins at Woodruff Gymnasium, then followed with 15 more at the Lumpkin Center.

The Lady Cougars' offense has stepped up in the past two games. They set season highs in field goal percentage and points in an 83-57 rout of Flagler, then shot a season-high 53.8 percent from 3-point range in a 72-56 win over Georgia Southwestern.

Clayton State's losses have come 71-59 at Georgia Southwestern and 69-56 at Augusta.

Meanwhile, the CSU men (15-4, 9-3) have won three straight to climb into a three-way tie for first place with Young Harris and Montevallo. One of those wins was a 86-83 win at Young Harris.

"We just have to keep taking care of what we can control," Cougars coach Robert Moore said. "If we focus on our opponent on that given night, everything will play out like it should. We have enough to worry about in a very talented Clayton State team."'

Clayton State (12-7, 7-5) had won four straight before losing Saturday at Augusta.

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