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Lady Lakers rally again

From Staff Reports

For the third game in a row, the Clayton College & State University women's basketball team trailed at halftime, but also for the third straight contest, the Lakers prevailed with solid play in the second half.

This time defeating the State University of West Georgia 63-54 in the Gulf South/Peach Belt Conference Challenge in Carrollton.

Trailing 32-30 at intermission, the Lakers took their first lead of the second half at the 15:35 mark as junior guard Jamika Hindsman scored on a layup, giving the Lakers a one-point, 35-34 advantage.

With the game tied at 37 apiece, Clayton State took control over the next eight minutes, outscoring the Braves 19-5.

Junior forward April Taylor capped the 14-point run with a driving layup with 4:08 remaining to give the Lakers a 56-42 lead.

Junior post Brandi Catia sparked the game-deciding stretch with seven of her game-high 14 points. She hit five free throws and had a basket in a five-minute span. Clayton State led by double-digits for the final six minutes of the game until West Georgia cut the deficit to nine points in the final minute.

With the win, the Lakers improve to 4-1 on the season and 7-9 all-time against the Braves. West Georgia drops to 0-5 on the year. Clayton State will return to action on Saturday, December 6th, hosting the University of West Alabama in a 2 p.m. game.

Once again, the Lakers defense was key in the second half comeback as Clayton State held West Georgia to only 26 percent (8-of-31) shooting in the second half. The squad held the University of Alabama-Huntsville to 19 percent (7-of-36) in the second half in its come-from-behind victory on Friday in the tournament. Clayton State shot well in the second half against West Georgia, hitting 46 percent from the field (11-of-24).

Catia's 14 points and eight rebounds led a balanced attack for CCSU, as nine players scored, including three Lakers in double-digits. Junior Apryl Brown had 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Carlie Anderson had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Hindsman chipped in nine points to go along with six boards and five assists.

For West Georgia, junior guard Nikki Blakely led the squad with 14 points, followed by freshman guard Whitney Hall with 11 points.

Clayton State finished the game shooting 42 percent (22-of-52) from the floor, while West Georgia shot 35 percent (18-of-51) on the night.

The Braves outrebounded the Lakers 38-31 but did commit 27 turnovers compared to 24 for Clayton State.