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Colonels Fall to First-Place Birmingham Southern 60-50
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – In a game which featured 14 lead changes and seven ties, Birmingham Southern closed the contest on a 14-2 run to earn a 60-50 victory over the Centre women's basketball team on Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Colonels move to 5-14 overall and 3-5 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play while the first-place Panthers improved to 13-6 on the season and 8-0 in conference action.
A back-and-forth affair for most of the night, neither team led by more than five points through the first three quarters.
The Colonels' largest lead came by three points at 35-32 in the third quarter following a 7-0 surge capped by a pair of baskets by freshman forward Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) with 3:52 remaining in the third stanza.
In the fourth quarter of action, a jumper by Emilee Olson put Birmingham Southern on top 46-42 with just over six minutes to play before Centre senior guard Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.) and sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Colonels a 48-46 advantage with 3:28 remaining.
Unfortunately for Centre, the Panthers scored 14 of the next 16 points, including 10 straight markers to close out the 10-point conference victory.
Freshman guard Ami Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) scored a team-high 11 points off the bench for the Colonels, connecting on 4-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc.
Andreassen netted 10 markers on 4-of-8 shooting to go with a game-high five assists.
Sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) pulled down a team-high eight boards while leading all players with four blocked shots in the game.
Camillia Carter led all players with 15 points for Birmingham Southern, followed by Jothani Dixon with 12 points.
Emilee Olson posted a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while Jameice Holmes added 10 points and three assists for the Panthers.
The Colonels outshot Birmingham Southern 38.0 percent (19-of-50) to 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field, including 40.0 percent (6-of-15) to 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from long range. The difference proved to be at the free throw line, where the Panthers shot 88.0 percent (22-of-25) compared to Centre's 60.0 percent (6-of-10).
The Colonels dished out 14 assists on 19 made baskets on the night.
Birmingham Southern held a 38-31 rebounding edge, while Centre held advantages of 22-14 on points in the paint, 13-4 in points off turnovers and 13-7 in second chance points.
The Colonels will look to snap a three-game skid on Sunday afternoon hosting Millsaps at noon ET at Alumni Gymnasium. The Majors earned a 75-58 win at Sewanee on Friday night, improving to 6-2 in SAA play.