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CSU prepares for "second season" in PBC tournament

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For the third consecutive year, the Columbus State women’s basketball team will play in the Peach Belt Conference tournament on their home floor.

This year, they want to play for awhile.

“The last three years I’ve been here, we’ve always made it to the first round, but we want to extend that, make it to the second, semifinals, finals, win a championship,” said senior guard Asha Alexander, before pausing.

“Cut down some nets.”

For the Cougars to do so, they will have to lean on their strengths; namely, rebounding and defense. CSU leads the PBC in rebounds, and is one of the best teams in the league in three-point defense. Despite a stumble at the finish line—the Cougars lost two straight after winning nine of the previous 10—Jonathan Norton keeps his message positive.

“We just said, ‘Let’s do what we do,’” Norton said. “’Let’s not focus on the things that we’re not doing as well, let’s focus on what we do really well and make sure we’re best at that in this tournament.’”

The Cougars will face Flagler on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center, and are tasked with slowing down point guard Williesha Spencer, whom Norton described as “quicker than a gnat with hiccups.” Spencer averages 21.8 points per game, and Norton knows his team can afford zero slip-ups.

“There are no second chances, so when you come to practice, do every little detail and leave everything out there at practice,” he said. “Then, when you take the court in a game, be confident that what you’ve done in practice will prepare you to win the basketball game, and then make sure you give maximal effort and I think good things will happen.”

CSU also had a trio of seniors named to the All-PBC team. Chatil Bradford was voted to the second team, while Asha Alexander and Tae Smith were each named third team all-conference.

Jonathan Huskey

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