Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's basketball team played at home for the first time in the new year Thursday night, falling 65-52 to Blue Mountain in Southern States Athletic Conference action at Howard Coffin Gym.
Playing with eight players and battling foul trouble for the better part of the night, the Mariners (4-10 overall, 1-4 SSAC) couldn't keep pace with the Toppers after a fast start.
Coastal Georgia built a 15-6 lead in the game's first six minutes, but saw Blue Mountain (3-5, 1-3) finish the opening quarter on a 12-0 surge to take an 18-15 cushion after the first period.
Blue Mountain would keep the lead the rest of the game, increasing its lead to 38-26 at halftime.
In the second half, the Toppers padded their cushion to as much as 20 points in the third stanza before taking a comfortable 56-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
Coastal Georgia did battle to within 60-51 late in the game but the Toppers put the game away by scoring the next five points on the way to the double-digit victory and its first conference win of the season.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Mariners dating back to their non-league loss at Edward Waters prior to the Christmas break.
Blue Mountain's Matavia Cox led all scorers with a career-high 28 points for the Toppers. The 5-foot-8 guard was 9-for-22 from the field with three three-pointers while also going 7-for-11 from the foul line.
Madison McCreless followed with 18 points for the visitors while leading the team with nine rebounds.
For Coastal Georgia, Kaci Palo led the team in scoring with 19 points as she hit six three-pointers and also made a free throw. Palo also had four assists.
Hannah Riley followed with 14 points. Lynsey Washington just missed doubles with eight points. She also grabbed six boards.
Ashlee Francis led the Mariners with seven rebounds while playing just 24:05 due to foul trouble.
Francis and Riley both finished the game with four fouls. Washington and Kenya Holiday both fouled out.
Coastal Georgia is set to play Saturday at home against William Carey which lost 71-67 at Brewton-Parker on Thursday to fall to 3-7 and 1-3. Tip time is 2 p.m.