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@CCWBasketball Drops Season Opener to No. 4 Thomas More

@CCWBasketball Drops Season Opener to No. 4 Thomas More

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team opened the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday night, falling by a score of 69-36 to perennial power and defending NCAA Division III champion Thomas More at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Saints came into the matchup ranked fourth in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25.

After Thomas More jumped out to an early 13-1 lead, the Colonels answered with a 10-0 run ignited by a 3-pointer by senior guard Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wisc.) with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter. Sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) knocked down a trey of her own in the closing seconds of the opening period.

Centre would extend its run to 16-5 as a jumper by sophomore Cheyenne Bunner (Mars Hill, N.C.) off the dish by Miller cut the Saints' advantage to 18-17 with 5:13 to play in the first half.

The Saints responded with 11 straight points to grab a 29-17 lead with 2:28 showing on the clock before eventually going ahead 32-24 at the half.

The third quarter belonged to Thomas More, as the Saints outscored the Colonels 23-4 to build a 55-28 advantage.

Thomas More opened the fourth quarter with a basket before Centre used an 8-3 surge capped by four consecutive points by sophomore forward Lauren Moore (Milton, Ky.) to shrink the deficit to 60-36. The Saints would close the game on a 9-0 run.

Andreassen and Moore each paced the Colonels with eight points apiece. Andreassen was 3-for-4 from the field including 2-for-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-3 from the charity stripe. Moore was 3-for-5 on field goals and 2-for-3 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go with six markers on 3-for-6 shooting.

Nikki Kiernan paced three Saints in double-figures with 24 points along with seven rebounds. Abby Owings tallied 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals, while Madison Temple added 13 points.

Centre shot 35.0 percent (14-for-40) from the field including 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from downtown. The Colonels were 45.5 percent (5-for-11) on free throws.

Rebounds were an even 30-30 in the contest while both teams dished out 10 assists each.

Thomas More capitalized on Centre's mistakes, scoring 22 points off the Colonels' 29 turnovers. Centre had five points off turnovers in the game.

The Colonels return to action this Friday, Nov. 18 hosting Covenant at 7 p.m. in the Lee's Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic at Alumni Gymnasium. Centre will then take on Maryville (Tenn.) on day two of the classic on Saturday at 3 p.m.