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@CCWBasketball Drops 52-40 Decision to Birmingham Southern

@CCWBasketball Drops 52-40 Decision to Birmingham Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – Sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) tallied a game-high 15 points, but the Centre women's basketball team fell by a score of 52-40 to first place Birmingham Southern on Friday night in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) matchup at Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Colonels (5-12, 3-3 SAA) found themselves trailing by 13 points at 24-11 in the second quarter, when Centre used an 11-4 run into the third period capped by a jump shot by sophomore forward Cheyenne Bunner (Mars Hill, N.C.) to shrink the Panthers' (11-6, 6-0 SAA) lead to 28-22 at the 6:06 mark.

Birmingham Southern responded with a 9-2 surge of their own to push its advantage to 11 points at 37-24 before taking a 39-28 edge into the fourth quarter.

The Panthers would build their lead to as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, opening the final stanza with seven straight points to gain a 46-28 advantage with just over six minutes to play.

Centre answered with a 12-4 spurt keyed by eight points by junior guard Olivia Schad (Cincinnati, Ohio) to minimize the final deficit.

Stewart finished 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to go with four rebounds in the game.

Schad added nine points, connecting on 3-of-5 field goals, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc while dishing out a game-high five assists.

Elizabeth Niedermair paced the Panthers with nine markers off the bench while Emilee Olson pulled down a game-high 11 boards for Birmingham Southern.

The Colonels shot 34.0 percent (16-of-47) from the field, 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from long range and 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the free throw line in the contest.

Birmingham Southern finished 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the field and held a 37-36 rebounding edge. The Panthers also scored 23 points off turnovers and held a 37-14 advantage in points in the paint.  

Centre is back in action on Sunday afternoon traveling to Jackson, Miss. to take on Millsaps at 1 p.m. CT at the Hangar Dome.