COLUMBUS, Ga. - The No. 21-ranked Columbus State University women's basketball team opened up the fourth quarter on a 16-2 run to come away with a 79-60 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Armstrong State University on Monday evening in Columbus, Ga.
The Pirates fall to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the Peach Belt with the loss, facing their second nationally-ranked opponent in a row after Friday's loss to No. 25 North Georgia. Columbus State improves to 9-1 and 3-1 overall with the win. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, hosting Clayton State at 1:30 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day at Alumni Arena.
Columbus State built a 37-25 lead at halftime, but Armstrong State scored 24 points in the third quarter, cutting the Cougar lead to five points, 54-49, on a pair of free throws from junior Machala Raymonville with 19 seconds left in the quarter.
The Cougars' Keyrra Gillespie hit a jumper with six seconds left in the quarter, then Columbus State proceeded to outscore the Pirates by a 16-2 margin to start the fourth quarter, building a 72-51 lead with 3:34 left to come away with the victory.
Raymonville finished the game with 25 points for the Pirates on 8-of-20 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 three-pointers - her fourth 20+ performance this season. Junior Mercedes Jenkins added 17 points.
Columbus Sate was led by Alexis Carter's double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Gillespie added 14 points and Ashley Asouzu notched 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Pirates shot 32.8 percent from the floor (20-of-61) and hit 31.6 percent of their three-pointers (6-of-19), while hitting 14-of-17 free throws (82.4 percent). Columbus State shot 47.7 percent from the floor (31-of-65) and 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-of-7) while hitting 14-of-21 free throws (66.7 percent).