Lady Cougars Advance to PBC Tournament Semifinals


The Columbus State University women’s basketball team used the hot hand of Valeria Merlos to go on to defeat USC Aiken 75-64 in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday. The game was played in the Lumpkin Center in Columbus.

Behind a season-high seven 3-pointers, Merlos paced the Lady Cougar attack with 23 points, which also set a career-high for the senior. Eboni Williams added 14 while Aujana Dawkins had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Overall, Columbus State made 10 from beyond the arc while posting a 41.4 shooting percentage (29-for-70).

“We have been preaching all year long that the real season starts now,” commented head coach Matt Houser. “I liked what I saw tonight out there on the court. Val has been shooting lights out and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

“Everyone knows we have a challenge on our hands with Lander. But at this point in the season, everyone you play is a top-quality opponent. We have seen them twice, and we will be studying film until tip time on Saturday night.”

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In the PBC Tournament semifinals, Columbus State will take on No. 23 Lander on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. The semifinals and championship rounds will be hosted by Lander in Greenwood, S.C. after the Bearcats claimed the PBC regular-season title.

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