Saturday, December 18, 2010

Columbus State Women’s Basketball Defeats Mount Olive 75-64

SAVANNAH – Dominique Gilbert recorded her second straight double-double as she registered a game high 21 points and 15 rebounds leading Columbus State to a 75-64 non-conference win over Mount Olive Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.

After both teams made a layup and a jump shot in the first two minutes of the game, Marah Wright knocked down a three-pointer to give the Lady Cougars the lead for the remainder of the contest as they went ahead 7-4.  It also sparked a 14-1 run as CSU raced out to an 18-5 advantage through the first 7:33 of the game.

Mount Olive would try and work its way back into the game as it outscored Columbus State by six points over the next 10 minutes narrowing the margin to 28-21 after Shequanta McGee knocked down a pair of free throws, but CSU would close out the half scoring the final six points taking a 34-21 lead into the break.

In the opening 20 minutes, the Lady Cougars forced 12 Trojan turnovers which lead to 13 points.  CSU also outscored Mount Olive 16-6 in the paint and had 11 second chance points.

Columbus State would maintain its 13 point advantage through the early portion of the second half before Mount Olive hit two three-pointers again pulling within seven points, this time a 38-31 margin with 15:27 to go in the contest.  The Lady Cougars responded right back extending the lead back up to 13 points as they went on an 8-2 run in the next 2:39 making the score 46-33.

The Trojans countered with another spurt, this time a 10-2 run sparked by two treys by Laporsha Davis, cutting the lead down to 48-43 with 9:28 remaining.

Over the remaining course of the game, CSU would shoot as good as it has during an extended span in a game all year.  They made six of their remaining eight shots from the field and knocked down 12-of-16 free throws during the final two minutes of the game.

Gilbert had a monster game offensively as she hit the 20 point plateau for the second time this year but she was assisted by several Lady Cougars including three who scored in double figures.  Milton dropped 12 points in the scorebook while Holt and Wright added 11 points apiece.  Carried Washington was second on the team with nine rebounds.  For the game, CSU shot 43.6% from the field and made a season high 23 points.

Mount Olive also had four players score in double digits as they were led by McGee’s 16 points followed by Jasmine Whitby (15 pts), Davis (13 pts) and Brittany Miller (11 pts).  The Trojans shot just 32.3% from the floor but hit a remarkable 20-of-21 from the charity stripe.  They held a slight advantage on the glass out-rebounding Columbus State 42-41.

The Lady Cougars will enjoy a break during the holidays before they return to the hardwood on Sunday, January 2 when it takes on Palm Beach Atlantic in the Lumpkin Center.  PBA currently stands at 1-7 on the season and will play in the Florida Tech Holiday Tournament prior to making the trek to Columbus.  Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

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