Lady Cougars Come Up One Win Short of PBC Championship
By Columbus State Sports Information
In the championship game of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, the sixth-seeded Columbus State University women's basketball team dropped a 90-72 contest to the top-seeded Nighthawks of North Georgia. Sunday's championship game took place at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta, Ga.
Tatiana Wayne led all scorers in the game with 30 points for the Lady Cougars. The senior wraps up her storied career at CSU ranking third all-time in Lady Cougars history in points scored, putting up a total of 1,310 points in her four years.
"It was a disappointing end to our season but that's a great team we went up against so hats off to North Georgia," said head coach Anita Howard. "Our team battled through so much adversity this season. I'm proud of the way they continued to stick with the game-plan and the run that our ladies made to the championship game of this conference tournament."
In a game that Columbus State (16-13) couldn't quite find their shot, the Nighthawks used a strong second quarter to jump out in front before easing their way to a second consecutive PBC Tournament championship.
After an Eboni Williams layup with 8:12 left in the second cut the deficit to three, North Georgia (27-4) exploded on a 14-0 run over the next four minutes to break the game open. The Nighthawks used a heavy dose of outside shooting as they caught fire in the first half, eventually hitting another two three-pointers in the final minute to head into the halftime break up 19. UNG doubled up CSU 28-14 in the second quarter.
Each time the Lady Cougars tried to get back into the game, UNG would answer with a bucket of their own. A layup fromTaya Gibson followed by a Wayne jumper got the Nighthawk lead down to 17 early in the third, but the Nighthawks would respond with five straight points to push it back to 22. The closest CSU would get the rest of the way would be the margin of the final score.
Columbus State shot 33.3 percent (27-of-81) from the field while going 7-for-28 from behind the arc.
The Lady Cougars wrap up their 2018-19 season with a 16-13 record while going 11-11 inside of conference play. It will be the first time since the 2012 season that CSU will not participate in the NCAA Tournament.