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Columbus State Picks Up Another Women’s Hoops Win at Shorter

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Columbus State traveled to Shorter University Monday night for its second game of the season and first road trip of the year. The Lady Cougars defeated Shorter 68-65 – on their turf to improve to 2-0, while Shorter is 1-1.

Senior forward Chatil Bradford led CSU's offense with 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Asha Alexander churned out 16 points and six assists while senior guard Tae Smith finished the night with 17 points.

At just under twelve minutes, the Lady Cougars led 17-8 having stayed convincingly ahead of Shorter since a 2-2 tie in the beginning of the contest. A three-pointer by Smith put Columbus State up by 12 before Alexander sunk a layup at the 8:42 mark to give the Lady Cougars their largest advantage of the half, 26-12.

Shorter answered with 11 unanswered points during the next six minutes until Bradford ended the CSU drought with a layup at 2:16 before the break making the score 31-23 in favor of the Lady Cougars. The Lady Hawks scored the last four points of the half to go into the locker room down by four.

Just seconds into the second half, Smith made a jumper that would be followed by a steady flow of CSU scoring. At 15:56, a jump shot by Bradford extended the Columbus State lead to 41-30 and a scrappy Shorter squad went on a 10-2 run to trail by only three. The Lady Cougars got out to a 53-46 advantage at a little over seven minutes to go but once again Shorter would chip away at the distance.

At 4:43, Shorter was back within four points of Columbus State, 57-53. However, the resilient Lady Cougars never allowed the Lady Hawks a lead of their own throughout the entire game, despite a dramatic ending.

After forcing Smith to make free throws with 32 seconds on the clock, a layup by Shorter's Shaundrika Mann cut the score down to 66-63. Ieshia Alexander dropped in a layup for the Lady Hawks to pull them up to just one point behind, but after fouling CSU for possession, Kayla Richards made both her free throws to keep the Lady Cougars ahead and as time ran out Columbus State went on to win 68-65.

The majority of Shorter's scoring came from Ieshia Alexander and Karisma Boykin who had 20 and 23 points, respectively. Lynette Harris led the boards for the Lady Hawks with 10 rebounds.

The Shorter outing was the first of three away games for CSU. The Lady Cougars play November 30 at Fort Valley State University and at Albany State University on December 1, both Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools.

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