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Stewart, Kellam power Colonels to ninth straight win
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DANVILLE, Ky. – Junior Abigail Stewart poured in a career-high 36 points as Centre women's basketball won its ninth game in a row, defeating visiting Millsaps, 89-72, inside Alumni Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.
The LaGrange, Ky., native more than doubled her previous high of 17, going 13 of 17 from the field and a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line. She added six rebounds, three blocks and an assist, and came one point shy of the program's single-game scoring record set by Maggie Prewitt against Southwestern back in 2010.
Senior Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) turned in a 23-point, 11-assist double-double, as well, as Centre improved to 12-1 overall and an unblemished 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).
The Majors, who were led by Dia Fortenberry's 29 points, fell to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in-conference.
The Colonels warmed up quickly on the offensive end, shooting 60 percent as a team during the first quarter while taking a 21-18 lead after 10 minutes.
Centre's hot touch continued in the second period, where it went 10 of 13 and closed with a strong 10-4 run, carrying a 43-31 advantage and considerable momentum into the locker rooms.
Kellam and Stewart went a stellar 13 for 14 combined from the floor in the first half, scoring 29 of Centre's 43 points.
Although the Colonels missed all five 3-point attempts, they still finished a blistering 68 percent from the field as a team throughout the opening 20 minutes, and assisted on 13 of their 19 field goals.
The third quarter went back and forth, as the Majors finally slowed Centre's efficient attack in an effort to trim the double-digit deficit.
Stewart scored 12 in the period, hitting all six of her free throw attempts.
Millsaps made things interesting in the fourth quarter, pulling within single digits after hitting a handful of 3-pointers. But Centre's season-high 29 points in the period negated any comeback bid.
The Colonels hit 13 of 15 free throws in the final quarter, finishing 24 of 26 for the game.
Stewart and Kellam accounted for nearly two-thirds of Centre's scoring, and were a massive part of the Colonels' 31 of 56 (55.4%) performance from the field and 89 points – both marks their best of the year.
Centre also racked up a season-high 23 assists, and scored 64 of its points in the paint or at the free throw line.
The Colonels are on the road for their next four games, beginning with a Jan. 12 meeting against Berry at 6 p.m. ET.