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Colonels Fall to Hanover 78-50 in Non-Conference Tilt
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team dropped a 78-50 decision to visiting Hanover in a non-conference matchup on Sunday evening at Alumni Gymnasium. The Colonels move to 1-5 with the loss, while the Panthers improve to 1-2 on the season.
After Hanover jumped out to an 11-3 lead, Centre answered with an 8-2 run fueled by four points by sophomore forward Madison Rice (Knoxville, Tenn.) to cut the Panthers' advantage to 13-11 with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter.
Hanover responded with eight straight points to build a 21-11 lead, before the Colonels closed the opening period with six consecutive points, including the last four by sophomore forward Lauren Moore (Milton, Ky.) to shrink the Panthers' edge to 21-17 at the end of the first.
Hanover would open the second stanza with a 16-2 surge to gain a 37-19 lead before taking a 15-point advantage into the locker room at 40-25.
Junior guard Olivia Schad (Cincinnati, Ohio) made a pair of free throws to start the third quarter to cut the Panthers' lead to 40-27, followed by a 16-0 Hanover spurt which gave the Panthers their largest advantage of the night at 56-27 with 5:41 showing on the third period clock.
The Colonels would answer with 12 straight points keyed by six points by junior guard Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) which made the score 56-39 with just over three minutes to play in the quarter. Freshman guard Ami Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) had four points during the run, as well.
Hanover held a 61-44 lead after three quarters of action before outscoring Centre 17-6 in the final period to earn the road win.
Kellam paced the Colonels with a season-high 10 points off the bench on 4-of-10 shooting to go with three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Moore added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench for Centre.
Allison Nash led all players with 18 points and eight boards for the Panthers while Alexis Nall chipped in 17 markers with five rebounds, and Claire Cromer had 10 points for Hanover.
The Colonels shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the field, 25.0 percent (2-of-8) from behind the arc and 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from the charity stripe.
Centre opens Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET hosting Sewanee at Alumni Gymnasium.