Lady Cougars Storm Back, Topple North Georgia


Trailing by nine with three minutes to play, the Columbus State University women’s basketball team scored the final 12 points and took down No. 21 North Georgia 66-63 on Wednesday night.

The victory snapped North Georgia’s 11-game winning streak as the Lady Cougars downed the team atop the Peach Belt Conference standings.

With less than three minutes on the clock, Columbus State (11-7, 9-5 PBC) found itself on the wrong end of a 63-54 score. Following a North Georgia miss, Machala Raymonville rattled home a corner 3-pointer to start the closing run.

CSU got another defensive stop and Raymonville then went coast-to-coast to pull the Lady Cougars within four with two minutes remaining. Jasmine Herndon made it a two-point game with an offensive rebound and putback and Raymonville tied the game with a pair of free throws with 1:04 on the clock.

Kaihla Carter picked up a steal on the ensuing possession, but missed the layup attempt on the other end. However, Kristian Carter grabbed the rebound and was fouled. The junior split the two free throws and CSU had the lead back.

North Georgia (17-3, 12-2) missed its go-ahead attempt and Tatiana Wayne grabbed the rebound and buried a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game. UNG’s 3-point shot to tie it hit off the front rim and the Lady Cougars capped off their comeback effort.

“I was extremely pleased with our poise and composure down the stretch,” head coach Anita Howard said. “We stayed calm and made big plays and were able to beat a very strong North Georgia team on their home court.”

Raymonville and Wayne tallied 19 points apiece to lead the Lady Cougars. Herndon finished with a career-best 17 points and matched her career-high with 13 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.

Columbus State led after the second and third quarters on the night, but a 19-5 North Georgia fourth quarter run put the Lady Cougars in a hole.

CSU shot 40.3 percent (25-for-62) for the evening and won the battle on the glass 45-37.

Columbus State is back at home on Saturday for its second meeting with Augusta. The Lady Cougars won the first matchup in overtime. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside the Lumpkin Center.

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