Area sports: FVSU loses, Mercer women at home, Bears sign 13, FPD’s Hanson signs

Columbus State women hold off Fort Valley State

Ashley Asouzu’s jumper with seven minutes left in the first half put Columbus State ahead for good en route to a 77-68 win Thursday night over Fort Valley State in women’s basketball.

Asouzu’s bucket with 7:11 left put the Cougars ahead 23-22. The second-half lead grew to 13 three times.

Brittnee Hazel led FVSU with 16 points and four steals. Antionna Jefferson chipped in 14 points for the Wildcats, who shot 25-of-68 from the floor and 5-of-18 on 3-pointers.

Carrie Washington topped Columbus State with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 23 rebounds.

Britteny Tatum had 16 points, and Brea Walker was 4-for-11 on 3-pointers for 12 points.

The Wildcats host Florida Tech at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

-- Telegraph Staff

Mercer women to host WNIT games

The Mercer women’s basketball team will host a four-team pod in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT starting Friday.

On Friday, at Hawkins Arena, Eastern Kentucky will play Central Arkansas at 5 p.m., with Mercer facing Jackson State at 7 p.m. The two losers will face each other at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the two winners at 6 p.m.

Susie Gardner’s team lost its season opener, 97-66 to Mississippi State on Nov. 14. Precious Bridges led the Bears with 22 points, while Kahlia Lawrence added 13 and Briana Williams added 11.

The Bears are also at home Tuesday against Tennessee Tech.

-- Telegraph Staff

Mercer baseball signs 13 for 2016

FPD pitcher Austin Cox is among the high school and junior college players signed to play baseball at Mercer in 2016.

The Bears added eight high school players from Georgia and one from Florida, as well as three junior college players.

Mercer finished 38-17 last season, 18-9 in its final year in the A-Sun.

-- Telegraph Staff

FPD’s Hanson signs with Reinhardt

FPD senior Brooks Hanson signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to play tennis at Reinhardt.

Hanson is the fifth tennis player in program history to move on to the collegiate ranks, joining Chuck Duggan (Furman), Jim McLemore (Florida), Jamie Myers (Georgia Tech) and Daniel Strawn (Clemson).

In 2013, Hanson led the Vikings to a GHSA Class A runner-up finish, and went 20-2 in singles play.

-- Telegraph Staff

Bills-Jets game moved to Monday

As expected, the NFL announced Thursday night that the Jets-Bills game won’t be played Sunday in Orchard Park, New York. Instead, it will be played Monday at 7 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.

The league ruled out Buffalo “due to public safety concerns for the ongoing weather emergency in western New York.”

-- Newsday

per NFL spokesman Michael Signora. But it took several hours for Ford Field to be named the official replacement site. ---- Earlier in the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would have been “impractical” for the Bills (5-5) to host the game Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.