Columbus State University

Michelle Mitchell, Ashley Asouzu spark Columbus State women past Georgia College

Lady Cougars remain tied for Western Division lead

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ashley Asouzu scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter and help Columbus State turn a tight game against Georgia College into a runaway.

The Lady Cougars won their fourth straight game, 66-53 over the Lady Bobcats at Centennial Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The game was webcast as part of espn3.com's Division II weekly spotlight.

Sparked by Asouzu, CSU went on a 16-4 run to go from a one-point lead, 44-43, to a comfortable 13-point lead, 60-47, with 3:14 left in the game.

"That was a huge spark," CSU coach Jonathan Norton said after the game.

Meanwhile, All-American Michelle Mitchell had a huge game for the Lady Cougars. She scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. That was her 15th 20-poiint performance and eighth double-double.

Asouzu finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

The win kept the Lady

Cougars (17-4, 11-3 Peach Belt Conference) in a tie for first place in the Western Division with Clayton State, which ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Georgia Southwestern on Saturday.

CSU limited Georgia College to just 38.8 percent shooting (19-of-49) from the field and only 27.3 percent from 3-point range (3-of-11).

CSU allowed Georgia College to score just 23 points in the final two quarters.

"What a great defensive effort," Norton said.

"Our girls really fought hard today.

"The crowd was great, but we really did a good job of keeping them out of the game.

"We challenged our girls in three statistical categories: rebounding, 3-point defense and turnovers and they took care of each one."

LaRice Walker led Georgia College (15-8, 7-7) with 15 points.

The win also gave CSU a season sweep of rival Georgia College.

The Lady Cougars won 62-52 at home last month.

CSU plays at Montevallo on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS STATE (17-4, 11-3)

Michelle Mitchell 11-19 5-8 28; Ashley Asouzu 5-8 1-1 11; Britteny Tatum 1-6 7-8 9; Ashley Johnson 2-4 1-2 5; Eryn Cochran 2-4 0-0 5; Brea Walker 1-4 0-0 3; Gabby Williams 1-9 0-0 2; Erin Morrow 0-7 2-2 2; Kristian Carter 0-0 1-2 1; Alexys Woods 0-0 0-0 0; Tatiana Wayne 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-63 17-23 66.

GEORGIA COLLEGE (15-8, 7-7)

Walker,LaRice 5-9 5-8 15; Rushton,McKenna 4-7 2-2 13; Gibbs,Kadesha 5-11 2-4 12; Reed,Lindsey 3-13 0-0 6; McGriff,Alyah 2-5 1-2 5; Thomas,Christina 0-0 2-3 2; Ryan,Veronica 0-2 0-0 0; Cleveland,Sydney 0-0 0-0 0; Fruit,Ellie 0-1 0-0 0; Slaughter,Jalyn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 12-19 53.

Columbus State 16 14 14 22--66

Georgia College 11 19 10 13--53

3-point goals--Columbus State 3-23 (Brea Walker 1-3; Eryn Cochran 1-3; Michelle Mitchell 1-3; Gabby Williams 0-5; Erin Morrow 0-5; Tatiana Wayne 0-1; Britteny Tatum 0-3), Georgia College 3-11 (Rushton,McKenna 3-5; Reed,Lindsey 0-4; Ryan,Veronica 0-1; Walker,LaRice 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State-None, Georgia College-Thomas,Christina; Gibbs,Kadesha; Reed,Lindsey. Rebounds--Columbus State 42 (Michelle Mitchell 17), Georgia College 36 (McGriff,Alyah 10; Gibbs,Kadesha 10). Assists--Columbus State 7 (Britteny Tatum 2), Georgia College 10 (Ryan,Veronica 2; Rushton,McKenna 2; Walker,LaRice 2; Gibbs,Kadesha 2). Total fouls--Columbus State 20, Georgia College 26. Technical fouls--Columbus State-None, Georgia College-None. A-3178

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