By James Vallone
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Fueled by a 17-point performance in the second half, Karisma Boykin almost helped the Lady Hawks erase 21 point halftime deficit, with the rally falling short 74-70 at Columbus State in the season opener.
Shorter (0-1) opened the game with a 6-0 run the went away as the Lady Cougars held the Lady Hawks scoreless for the final 8:17 seconds while going on a 35-10 run, establishing the halftime score of 43-22. The lead was helped by a Lady Cougar 50 percent to 28 percent shooting advantage, one that saw CSU shoot 55 percent from behind the arc.
The second half saw the numbers move to the favor of the Lady Hawks, sinking 63 percent of their shots compared to 27 percent for CSU. The rally was assisted with a five minute Lady Cougar scoreless drought in which Shorter was able to go on an 11-0 run.
Boykin made three 3-point shots in the second half, including two that pulled the Lady Hawks within three points with 1:24 remaining in the game. CSU was able to convert free throws late in the game between a few fast break opportunities and hold on to the narrow victory.
Boykin scored 20 on the night, with seven rebounds and three assists.
Lynette Harris was able to score 14 points while sinking 6 of 10 shot attempts, and adding eight boards. The teams each were able to record 39 rebounds on the night, Shorter getting 30 on the defensive side of the ball.
Kristin Nash added 10 points and recording a game high four assists.
Shelby Farrer contributed eight points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Hawks bench was led by Lindsey Crawford, as she scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Lady Hawks will not take the court again until November 26 when they will make the home debut inside the Winthrop-King Centre when Clark Atlanta comes to visit for a 6 pm tip-off.