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Colonels Cap Regular Season with 73-66 Triumph at Sewanee
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SEWANEE, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – Junior guard Olivia Schad (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced three Colonels in double-figures with 16 points to help the Centre women's basketball team to a 73-66 victory over host Sewanee in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at Juhan Gymnasium.
With the win, the Colonels (7-18, 5-9 SAA) earn the season sweep of the Tigers (9-15, 6-8 SAA).
Centre will be the No. 7 seed heading into the upcoming Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament and will face No. 2 seed Millsaps on Friday, Feb. 24 in Birmingham, Ala. The Majors fell by a score of 73-66 to Birmingham Southern as the Panthers earned the SAA regular season title and hosting rights for the tournament with the win. Sewanee will be the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
On Saturday, with the Colonels holding a 13-9 edge, senior guard Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.) knocked down a 3-pointer to ignite a 7-0 run for Centre followed by back-to-back baskets by sophomore forward Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.).
The Colonels owned a 23-14 advantage after another Andreassen 3-pointer, before the Tigers closed the first quarter with a 7-0 surge to shrink the Centre lead to 23-21 after the first frame.
Sewanee would extend the run to 11-0 into the second period as the Tigers took their first lead of the afternoon at 25-23.
Centre responded with a 9-3 spurt highlighted by 3-pointers by Schad and sophomore guard Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) to give the Colonels a 31-27 advantage with 3:47 showing on the clock.
Sewanee battled back to cut the deficit to 33-32, before Centre answered with 13 straight points into the second half, pushing the Colonels' lead to its largest of the game at 46-32 with just over eight minutes to play in the third quarter. Schad scored the final five points of the run for Centre.
The Colonels owned a 12-point advantage at 65-53 with just under four minutes remaining in the game, when Sewanee connected on three straight shots from behind the arc to minimize the Centre lead to 65-62 with two minutes to play.
The Colonels would outscore the Tigers 8-4 for the remainder of the game to hold off the Sewanee comeback.
Schad finished 5-of-8 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from long range to go with 2-of-2 makes from the charity stripe.
Stewart tallied 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and a 6-of-8 showing at the free throw line, while Miller added 13 markers, connecting on 5-of-8 field goals, 3-of-5 coming from downtown.
Schad and Stewart each pulled down six rebounds for the Colonels. Sophomore forward Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.) grabbed a game-high nine boards in the win.
Andreassen recorded seven points and a game-high six assists for Centre.
Bella Taylor netted a game-high 31 points for the Tigers, while Allison Hitchcock added 15 markers in the game.
The Colonels shot season-highs of 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field, 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from behind the arc and 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the free throw line compared to Sewanee's 40.4 percent (23-of-57) on field goals, 28.6 percent (8-of-28) on 3-pointers and 75.0 percent (12-of-16) on free throws.
Centre outrebounded the Tigers 37-19 in the win and dished out 19 assists on the day.
Game times for next weekend's SAA Tournament have not yet been announced. Be sure to check back to CentreColonels.com for all information regarding the SAA Women's Basketball Tournament.