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Turnovers haunt Colonels in second straight loss

Turnovers haunt Colonels in second straight loss

ATLANTA – The turnover bug bit Centre women's basketball again Sunday afternoon, as the Colonels dropped a 53-44 decision against Oglethorpe in Atlanta.

Two days after committing what was then a season-high 25 turnovers in a loss at Berry, the Colonels coughed the ball up 26 times against the host Story Petrels. The defeat moves Centre to 12-3 overall and 3-2 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

Oglethorpe improves to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in-conference with its third consecutive victory.

The visiting Colonels had the upper-hand early, netting 19 points while shooting 6 of 13 during the first quarter.

After sophomore Ami Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) drained a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, Centre held its biggest lead at 26-16.

But for the final 8:17 of the half the Colonels were held to just two points, and maintained just a 28-25 edge at the break.

The Stormy Petrels doubled up the Colonels 16-8 in the third, and continued their stout defensive effort to seal the win in the fourth.

Centre finished with season lows in both points and field goal percentage (30.4%), and could not capitalize on a 42-28 rebounding advantage.

Oglethorpe turned Centre's 26 turnovers into 20 points.

Junior Cheyenne Bunner (Mars Hill, N.C.) led Centre with eight points, adding six rebounds, and senior Olivia Schad (Cincinnati) finished with a team-high seven rebounds.

The Colonels are on the road again next week, meeting Hendrix Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET.