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@CCWBasketball Pulls Away for 43-37 SAA Win over Rhodes
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team used a 15-1 second half run en route to a 43-37 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) victory over visiting Rhodes on Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Colonels improve to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while the Lynx drop to 1-14 on the season and 0-4 in the league.
After Jessie Ustick gave Rhodes its largest lead of the night of five points at 27-22 with a jump shot with 6:27 to play in the third quarter, freshman forward Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) sparked Centre's 15-1 run into the fourth quarter, as the Colonels gained a 37-28 advantage.
The Lynx responded with an 8-2 run of their own, shrinking the deficit to 39-36 with just under two minutes showing on the clock, before sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) answered with a jumper on the other end to push the Centre lead to 41-36 with 1:14 to play.
Erin Deery connected on the front end of two free throws for the Lynx to cut the Colonels' advantage to 41-37, but that is as close as Rhodes would come on the evening. Sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) made a pair of free throws down the stretch while the Lynx were 0-2 from the field with a turnover in the final minute of action.
Stewart paced the Colonels with 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go with six boards and a pair of blocks. Junior guard Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) chipped in a team-high seven rebounds off the bench for Centre.
Ustick netted 12 markers for Rhodes, while Bailey Kramer pulled down a game-high 10 boards for the Lynx.
Centre shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field while holding Rhodes to 27.8 percent (15-of-54) shooting on the night, including 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from long range.
The Colonels held a 38-35 rebounding edge in the win while outscoring the Lynx 26-10 in points in the paint and 17-3 in bench points.
Centre is back in action on Sunday hosting Hendrix in another SAA matchup at Alumni Gymnasium at noon ET. The Warriors topped Sewanee by a score of 70-64 in overtime on Friday night. The Colonels and Hendrix played a triple-overtime thriller in Danville in 2015-16, with Centre claiming a 76-75 win over the Warriors.