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@CCWBasketball Picks Up 56-52 SAA Victory over Millsaps

@CCWBasketball Picks Up 56-52 SAA Victory over Millsaps

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team earned a 56-52 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) triumph over visiting Millsaps on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Colonels, who improved to 4-1 in SAA home contests this season, boosted their records to 6-14 overall and 4-5 in conference play. The Majors saw their three-game winning streak snap, falling to 13-7 on the season and 6-3 in league action.

The victory also marked Centre's first win over Millsaps since 2014.

The Colonels jumped ahead 13-5 after the first quarter, as sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) tallied four points and four rebounds in the first period. Centre used a 9-2 surge to start the game ignited by a 3-pointer by junior guard Olivia Schad (Cincinnati, Ohio) on the first possession.

After Braxton Thomas knocked down a jump shot to open the second quarter for the Majors, the Colonels went on an 8-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by junior guard Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) to give Centre its largest lead of the night at 21-9 with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half.

Millsaps was able to shrink the deficit to 26-22 by halftime, but the Colonels came out firing in the third quarter with a 9-2 spurt highlighted by five points from sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) to push the Centre advantage to 35-24 at the 7:14 mark of the period.

The Colonels took a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter, when the Majors responded with six straight points to minimize the Centre edge to just two points at 41-39 midway through the final stanza.

That is as close as Millsaps would come, as Centre built its lead back to as many as seven points before closing out the four-point SAA victory in a game in which it never trailed.

Miller paced the Colonels with 16 points, connecting on 4-of-11 field goals including two from behind the arc to go with a 6-of-8 showing at the charity stripe.

Kellam chipped in 12 markers off the bench, shooting 3-of-7 from the field, 1-of-2 from long range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. She also dished out a game-high four assists in the win.

Stewart pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and recorded a game-high five blocks for Centre.

Kala-Jewel Freeman led all players with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting for the Majors, while Kim Klunk grabbed a game-high 10 boards to go with seven points.

The Colonels shot 40.0 percent (20-of-50) from the field compared to Millsaps' 38.8 percent (19-of-49) shooting performance. Centre was 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the line, while the Majors shot 64.7 percent (11-of-17) on free throws.

The Colonels outrebounded the Majors 33-31 in the win and held a 12-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

Centre continues its four-game home stand hosting Oglethorpe on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. ET at Alumni Gymnasium.