First place! No. 4 Clayton State women take over Peach Belt lead with 82-70 victory
MORROW, Ga. – February 18, 2012 – Returning home after a two-week road swing, the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team got accustomed to its home floor again on Saturday as the Lakers pulled off an 82-70 victory over visiting Columbus State in Peach Belt Conference action.
The victory was the sixth straight for the Lakers, who are ranked No. 4 in the nation in Division II. Clayton State improves to 24-2 overall and 14-1 in the Peach Belt, taking over sole possession of first place in the conference with Lander's 57-53 defeat against USC Aiken on Saturday.
Columbus State is now 14-10 overall and 9-6 in the Peach Belt.
Clayton State shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, including 75 percent (6-for-8) from 3-point range. The Lakers clinged to a 37-33 lead at halftime, but pushed their lead to 10 points three times in the first six minutes of the second half. A 3-point basket by Keona Dixon and a Kayla Mobley lay-up increased the Clayton State lead to 65-49 at the 10:19 mark.
The Lakers led by as many as 18 points before Columbus State cut the deficit to 12 points. A jump shot by Asha Alexander made the Clayton State lead 67-55 with 8:45 remaining. The Lady Cougars then cut the lead to nine points on a 3-point basket by Marina DeFoor.
But Clayton State responded with a 3-point basket by Brittany on the ensuing possession. A lay-up by Shacamra Jackson and a 3-point play by Tanisha Woodard at the 3:15 mark increased the Laker lead to 79-62.
Clayton State took its largest lead of the game 82-63 on a 3-point basket by Dixon with 2:15 remaining.
Hall paced the Lakers with 17 points, including 12 in the first half in which there were two ties and three lead-changes. Junior guard Drameka Griggs scored 15 points off the bench, while Mobley recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dixon and Woodard each scored 12 points, and Jackson added 11 points.
In addition, Woodard and Hall each dished out seven assists. The Lakers were a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, connected on 10 3-point baskets and out-rebounded Columbus State 37-33.
DeFoor and forward Letiecia Davenport each scored 17 points to pace Columbus State. Davenport scored 13 of her points in the first half in which the Lady Cougars led by as many eight points. Forward Dominique Gilbert added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Clayton State plays host to Montevallo in Peach Belt action on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.