COLUMBUS, Ga. – The University of Montevallo women's basketball team (9-14, 4-10 PBC) fell on the road at Columbus State University (14-9, 9-5 PBC), 55-46. The Falcons were led by freshman Taylor Beverly (Brandon, Miss./Northwest Rankin) who scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds good for her second double-double of the season. Senior Davia Harris (Memphis, Tenn./Three Rivers C.C.) chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds while junior Zena Nasiloski (Hammond, Ind./Northeast C.C.) added seven rebounds.
Senior Tiffany McClure (Montgomery, Ala./Tallahassee C.C.) added seven points, four assists and five steals.
The Falcons shot 35.6 percent from the field while hitting just 2-of-9 from both the free throw line and the three point line. The Cougars connected on 41.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range. The Cougars also struggled from the free throw line hitting just 50.0 percent.
The Cougars out-rebounded the Falcons 41-35 while UM won the turnover battle 16-13.
UM never led in the game as the Cougars jumped out to a quick start hitting seven of their first 10 shots. CSU opened the game on a 18-8 run over the opening six minutes. UM was able to cut the lead to just six points with just over a minute to play in the first but four-straight points by the Cougars gave CSU a 10-point lead heading into halftime.
CSU would maintain the double-digit lead most of the second half with its largest lead coming at the 7:07 mark, 53-38. UM out-scored the Cougars 6-0 in the final 4:30 of the game to cut the lead to 55-46.
The Falcons will return to action this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. as they host Georgia College and State University in a key Peach Belt Conference Western Division match-up. The game will also be UM's annual Play 4Kay event to benefit breast cancer awareness.