The Lady Cougars pushed their winning streak to nine in a row as they won the ladies cat fight in a big way by running away and hiding from the Lady Tigers in the second half to post an impressive 75-51 win while the Tigers came out on top in the men's contest with a win over the Cougars by a final talley of 76-69.
The Lady Cougars started with the hot hand as they hit their guests with a 10-2 run to open the contest as Brittany Ramsey had four quick points and Jara Gasper added a steal, layup and short jumper.
The Cleveland State lead grew to 16-7, before the Lady Tigers began to warm up and used a 14-5 run to take their only lead of the afternoon, 24-23. Amber Howard hit a pair of long range shots while Araya Flemings added a pair of driving layups and a three-point play during the run.
The home team then put a stop to the Chattanooga State run with a 10-4 run of their own to finish the half and regain the lead at the break, 33-27.
Flemings hit the first two buckets for the Lady Tigers to start the second half, but the Lady Cougars responded with five straight shots from downtown as Ramsey, Gasper, Brandi Whitted (twice) and Aysia Grimsley all connected from long range to give the home team a commanding lead at 50-33.
Markiesha Campbell, Kaitlyn Davis, Tre'Ketta Bonds and Nataya Roller all put their names in the scorebook down the stretch as the Lady Cougars put it on cruise control the rest of the way to take the surprisingly easy, 24 point win.
"We did a lot of what what we wanted too, to start the game and establish the lead," explained Lady Cougar coach Dan Lumpkin. "Chattanooga made a run and took the lead, but the girls just kept playing hard and responded with a run to get us the lead at halftime."
"That run and then the run at the first of the second half turned out to be the keys to the game," the coach continued. "They had a couple of big girls inside that did a good job, but we felt like if we pushed the ball, we could score and we did. It always help when the 3's fall, and it was a big conference win going into the break, the girls played well."
Ramsey led the way for the Lady Cougars (11-1, 6-1) with 16 points and eight rebounds, Gasper finished with 15 points while Whitted added 10. Flemings paced the Lady Tigers (7-4, 4-3) with 18 points while Jasmine Mailoto had 14.
TIGERS 76 COUGARS 69
The Tigers sizzled the nets right out of the gate as Nick Scott nailed a pair of long range bombs and Orlandis Jackson added a layup and a three-point play to help the visitors to a 18-7 lead.
The Cougars chipped away at the Tiger advantage over the next 10 minutes and finally caught and passed their guests at the three minute mark of the first half with an 8-0 run. Keevin Tyus hit three free tosses and the one he missed ended up in hands of Stetson Moore who promptly canned a trey to give the Cougars their first lead of the day, 28-27.
The lead changed hands five times over the final minutes as Travis Wildgoose knocked down five shots from the charity stripe to once again tie the game at 34 all at halftime. The Cougars shot only 32 percent from the floor in the half, but caused nine turnovers by the Tigers.
The Tigers used a 20-10 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to slowly build a lead. A pair of three-point plays from Demetrius Kitchens and a pair of tough buckets in the paint from Jackson helped the visitors maintain their lead the rest of the way.
Robert Brandon and Kendrick Williams hit a pair of long distance shots each to help keep the home team within striking distance as the Cougars got as close as five points, but the Tigers were equal to the challenge and held on to take the big win.
Tyus paced the Cougars (7-5, 3-4) with 15 points and nine rebounds, Brandon and Moore added 13 points apiece while Williams finished with 12. Jackson and Kitchens led the way for the Tigers (8-4, 3-4) with 15 points each while Ronald Jones and Dajion Williams added 11 points each. The Cougars just could not find the mark as they shot only 37 percent for the game while the Tigers hit 49 percent of their shots.
The Lady Cougars will travel to Georgia Northwestern on Wednesday and the Cougars will be back in action after the Christmas break on January 7 as they host Tennessee Temple.