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@CCWBasketball Earns 63-51 Victory at Mt. St. Joseph for First Win of Season
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CINCINNATI, Ohio (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team collected its first victory of the 2016-17 campaign on Saturday afternoon, topping host Mt. St. Joseph by a score of 63-51 in a non-conference contest at the Harrington Center.
The Colonels improve to 1-4 on the year, while the Lions drop to 0-5 with the loss.
With the score knotted at 16-16 after one quarter of action, Centre opened the second period with a 10-1 run capped by a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Madison Rice (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 4:42 remaining in the half to put the Colonels ahead 26-17. Junior guard Olivia Schad (Cincinnati, Ohio) knocked down a 3-pointer in front of the hometown crowd during the spurt, as well.
Centre extended the surge to 14-4 when sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) made a layup to push the Colonels' lead to 30-20 with just under two minutes to play in the stanza.
Centre would take that 10-point advantage into the break at 32-22.
Mt. St. Joseph opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt to shrink the Colonels' edge to just four points at 34-30 with 5:47 showing on the third quarter clock, but Centre would build its advantage back to seven points at 42-35 by the end of the quarter.
The Colonels came out firing in the fourth quarter and never looked back, scoring eight straight points to gain their largest lead of the afternoon of 15 points at 50-35 after a layup by senior guard Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.) with 7:53 to play in the game. Sophomore forward Cheyenne Bunner (Mars Hill, N.C.) ignited the surge with a pair of free throws.
The Lions answered with an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to nine at 52-43, but that is as close as Mt. St. Joseph would come as the Colonels earned the 11-point road victory.
Miller paced Centre with 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting, connecting on 2-of-5 shots from behind the arc and 5-of-6 free throws.
Following Miller's team-high 13 markers, the Colonels featured a balanced scoring attack with six players chipping in at least five points. Schad, Bunner, sophomore forwards Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.), Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Lauren Moore (Milton, Ky.) each tallied six points while Rice had five points for Centre.
Moore led all players with a career-high nine rebounds off the bench for the Colonels, while Vance added six boards for Centre.
Lainee Studer recorded a game-high 14 points with five steals for Mt. St. Joseph followed by Krystal Wannemacher with 13 markers.
The Colonels shot season-highs of 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field, 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from long range and 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the charity stripe.
Centre owned the Lions on the glass, outrebounding Mt. St. Joseph 47-27 in the win.
The Colonels also held a 28-4 advantage in bench points on the day.
Centre is right back in action tomorrow hosting another Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe in Hanover at 5 p.m. ET at Alumni Gymnasium.