Originally created 01/26/03

Columbus State beats Pacers twice



COLUMBUS, Ga. - The powerful Columbus State women dominated USC Aiken 73-49 on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game.

Columbus, 16-1 and 8-1 in the Peach Belt, built a 35-14 halftime lead and were never challenged in the second half.

USC Aiken, 13-7 and 4-5, hit just 18 percent of its shots from the field in the first half and finished at 29 percent for the game. Columbus shot 41 percent for the game.

Julie Szabo was the lone Lady Pacer in double figures. She scored 13 points on five-of-12 shooting from the field and two-of-three at the line.

Four Columbus State players scored in double figures, headed by Lucia Heston with 15. Candace Turner had 14 and Erin Gibbs and Courtney Favors had 10 each.

In the men's game, Columbus won 65-49 behind a balanced scoring attack.

USC Aiken, 2-15 and 1-8 the Peach Belt, was led by Minda Statkus with 14 points. Columbus improved to 17-1, 9-0 in the Peach Belt.