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Turnovers haunt Colonels in second straight loss
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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.
The Colonels are on the road again next week, meeting Hendrix Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET.