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Colonels Top Hendrix 43-41 in SAA Tilt

Colonels Top Hendrix 43-41 in SAA Tilt

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team outscored Hendrix 15-3 in the second quarter on its way to a 43-41 triumph over the visiting Warriors in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) contest on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

Centre improves to 5-11 on the season and 3-2 in SAA action, while Hendrix falls to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Colonels are tied for third in the league standings following a pair of wins this weekend.

Trailing 13-5 after the first quarter, the Colonels opened the second stanza on a 10-0 run keyed by five points by sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) to give Centre its first lead of the game at 15-13 with 5:45 showing on the clock.

The Colonels would take a 20-16 advantage into halftime before the Warriors battled back to even the score at 29-29 after three periods.

Centre opened the fourth quarter with a 9-3 surge highlighted by six points by junior guard Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) to gain its largest lead of the contest of six points at 38-32 with 6:18 remaining in the game.

Hendrix answered with a 9-4 run of its own to shrink the Colonels' advantage to 42-41 with just over a minute to play.

Following a Centre missed jump shot and a Warriors turnover, Kellam connected on 1-of-2 free throws to put the Colonels ahead 43-41 with five ticks to play.

The Warriors would turn the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play as time expired, sealing the second consecutive win for Centre.

Kellam paced the Colonels with 12 points off the bench on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe with four rebounds.

Vance added nine points to go with seven boards for Centre.

Sara Dyslin led the Warriors with 11 points and seven rebounds on the day.

The Colonels shot 34.0 percent (16-of-47) from the field, 30.0 percent (3-of-10) and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the free throw line in the victory.

Centre held a 36-35 rebounding edge in the game that featured four ties and three lead changes.

The Colonels hit the road next weekend, taking on Birmingham Southern on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. CT and Millsaps on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. CT.