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Hot third quarter spurs Centre women to 59-41 win over Covenant

Hot third quarter spurs Centre women to 59-41 win over Covenant

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Centre women's basketball team got off to a slow start against the Covenant Scots in the first of two games at the Sewanee Holiday Classic, but a 23-5 third quarter propelled the Colonels to a comfortable 59-41 victory over the Scots, extending Centre's winning streak to six games.

The first quarter saw Centre get off to its slowest start of the season as the Scots scored the first 12 points of the contest. The Colonels clamped down defensively but the shooting remained cold as Centre trailed 16-8 after the opening period.
 
Covenant again built its lead back up to a dozen points early in the second quarter, but the Colonels began to torch the nets as junior Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) and sophomore Kat Wilson (Suwanee, Ga.) combined for three consecutive three-pointers. Jumpers by Wilson and junior Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) brought Centre to within 27-23 as the teams headed into the locker room for halftime.
 
As the second half began, senior Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) made consecutive jumpers and then assisted on a basket from Wilson that tied the game at 29-29. Another Wilson three gave the Colonels their first lead at 32-30 and Centre would not look back from there as Wilson and Miller combined for three more connections from downtown to close out the quarter with Centre on top 46-32.
 
Centre maintained a double-digit lead for the entirety of the fourth period and built its largest lead at 20 points when junior Madison Rice (Knoxville, Tenn.) nailed a jumper to put Centre up 57-37. The Colonels outscored the Scots 36-14 in the second half.
 
Wilson led all scorers with 15 points while Miller chipped in with 14, including four three-pointers.
 
The Colonels outrebounded the Scots by a margin of 34-28 as Rice finished with a game high eight boards.
 
Centre assisted on 17 of 23 made baskets for the game. Freshman Abigail Wehby (Brentwood, Tenn.) came off the bench for a career high eight helpers on the night.
 
Centre forced Covenant into 22 turnovers, scoring 21 points off of the Scots' miscues. They also held a 30-2 advantage in bench points.

The Colonels will look to keep the win streak going on Saturday as they wrap up the Sewanee Holiday Classic with a matchup against the Fighting Scots of Wooster at 2 PM.