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Colonels Fall to Covenant 48-42 in Lee’s Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic

Colonels Fall to Covenant 48-42 in Lee’s Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team dropped a 48-42 decision to visiting Covenant in the Lee's Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic at Alumni Gymnasium on Friday night. The Colonels move to 0-2 on the season while the Scots improve to 2-0 with the win.

In the first half, sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) connected on a jump shot to knot the game at 6-6 before Covenant rattled off 10 straight points into the second period to gain a 16-6 advantage.

The Scots would build their lead to as many as 13 late in the half, before a 3-pointer by senior forward Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.) in the closing seconds of the quarter to cut the Covenant lead back to 10 at 26-16 at the break.  

The Scots held their largest lead of the game at 40-26 to open the fourth quarter, followed by a 7-0 Centre run keyed by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Andreassen which cut the Covenant advantage to seven points at 40-33 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

With the Scots holding a 47-35 lead with four minutes to go, the Colonels used a 7-0 run capped by a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Cheyenne Bruner (Mars Hill, N.C.) to minimize the Covenant lead to 47-42 with 54 seconds to play.  

That is as close as Centre would come, as Rachel Price knocked down one-of-two free throws to seal the six-point win for the Scots.

Andreassen tallied a career-high 15 points in the game, connecting on 6-of-18 field goals for the Colonels.

Bruner had seven points off the bench for Centre making 2-of-5 field goals.

Sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished with a game-high 10 boards for the Colonels, including six offensive boards.

Kaley Hallmark paced Covenant with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 shots from behind the arc.

The Scots outscored the Colonels 19-13 in points off turnovers, 26-14 in points in the paint and 19-11 in bench points.

Covenant outshot Centre 38.9 percent (21-of-54) to 30.6 percent (15-of-49) in the contest, including 33.3 percent (4-of-12) to 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from behind the arc.

The Colonels struggled at the charity stripe, making 38.1 percent (8-of-21) of attempts from the line.

The Scots also held a 44-32 rebounding edge in the game.

Centre returns to action tomorrow hosting Maryville (Tenn.) in the final game of the Lee's Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic.