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Colonels Downed by Spalding 70-51 on the Road

Colonels Downed by Spalding 70-51 on the Road

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team suffered a 70-51 road defeat to host Spalding on Tuesday night at Derek Smith Gymnasium. The Colonels drop to 0-4 on the season with the loss, while the Golden Eagles improve to 3-0 on the year.

Spalding jumped out to an 18-7 lead early in the second quarter, when the Colonels answered with a 10-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) to shrink the Golden Eagles' advantage to 22-17 with just over six minutes remaining in the first half.

Spalding would outscore the Colonels 14-5 for the remainder of the half to take a 36-22 edge into the locker room before leading by as many as 28 in the third quarter at 57-29.

After the Golden Eagles opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, Centre responded with a 17-5 surge fueled by four points apiece from freshman forward Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) and sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) to minimize the deficit to 65-49 with two minutes to play.

All told, the Colonels outscored Spalding 19-13 in the final period of action.

Miller and senior guard Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.) each tallied nine points each to pace the Colonels, while Vance grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to go with seven markers in the contest. Andreassen added five boards and Miller was 3-of-7 from behind the arc in the game.

Fee contributed seven points and five rebounds off the bench for Centre.

Maya Hardin led the Golden Eagles with a game-high 16 points followed by Alex Martin with 14 markers.

Centre shot 30.9 percent (17-of-55) from the field, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from downtown and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the charity stripe.

The Colonels outrebounded Spalding 44-42 in the game, but the Golden Eagles held advantages of 22-5 in points off turnovers, 24-12 in points in the paint and 26-15 in bench points.

Centre is back in action this Saturday, Nov. 26 traveling to Cincinnati to face Mt. St. Joseph at 3 p.m. ET.