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Colonels Fall to Millsaps 63-51 in SAA Quarterfinals

Colonels Fall to Millsaps 63-51 in SAA Quarterfinals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's basketball team, seeded seventh in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament, held a halftime lead in the quarterfinal contest against second seeded Millsaps but were unable to hold onto the lead as Millsaps rallied to defeat the Colonels by a score of 63-51 at Birmingham Southern.

After sophomore Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) opened Centre's scoring with a three, the Colonels took it inside for their next three baskets as Day Vance (Knoxville, Tenn.), Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) and Lauren Moore (Milton, Ky.) all converted field goals to give Centre a 9-6 lead. Moore would hit the Colonels' next two shots before a layup by sophomore Cheyenne Bunner (Mars Hill, N.C.) gave Centre a 15-14 lead after the opening period.

The second period remained close with junior Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) keeping the Colonels on top with a pair of consecutive jumpers, but neither team could hold a long term advantage. The Colonels and Majors stayed within three points of each other at all times in the first half. Trailing 26-24, Moore connected on her fourth basket of the game to tie the score and then All-SAA performer Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) made a layup as Centre retook the lead. Stewart hit another jumper with 19 seconds left in the half to finish off the scoring and give the Colonels a 30-27 halftime lead.

The Colonels maintained their three-point lead halfway into the third quarter thanks to the long range shooting of senior Caroline Andreassen (Kenosha, Wis.), but the Majors' defense intensified after the break, forcing numerous Centre turnovers. A layup by Kala-Jewel Freeman capped off a 10-0 Millsaps lead that gave the Majors a 41-34 lead. Andreassen converted a three-point play to cut the lead to four points but Kim Klunk made a pair of free throws and Millsaps took a six-point lead into the final quarter.

After the Majors pushed the lead to 50-39, Centre cut the deficit to six points on three separate occasions, with a layup by Fee and a jumper and free throw by Stewart, but Millsaps went on a 7-0 run to take a 13-point lead and the Colonels couldn't get it back to single digits the rest of the way as Millsaps stayed on top from the free throw line to win by 12 points.

Caroline Andreassen led the Colonels with 12 points in her final game while also contributing four steals.

Abigail Stewart scored ten points and led Centre with six rebounds.

Kala-Jewel Freeman led all scorers with 27 points while Kim Klunk added 16 points, including 9-10 from the free throw line.

Millsaps held a significant advantage from the free throw line, making 26-36 from the charity stripe while the Colonels connected on 5-9.

The Majors also doubled up Centre in points off turnovers, holding a 24-12 advantage in that department.