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Colonels upended by Majors in final SAA road game, 59-53
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JACKSON, Miss. – Centre women's basketball couldn't overcome a cold spell in the second quarter Sunday afternoon, falling 59-53 to Southern Athletic Association (SAA) foe Millsaps in the Hangar Dome.
The Colonels (13-8, 4-7 SAA) scored a season-high 89 points in their victory over the Majors (8-14, 5-6) earlier this season, but points were hard to come by at times for both teams in Mississippi.
Millsaps held Centre to a season-low 28.3 (15-53) shooting performance, and used a massive 18-0 stretch in the first half to turn the game in its favor.
The Colonels started out well enough, sinking three of their first four shots and forcing a pair of Millsaps turnovers to quickly take a 7-0 lead.
Although slowed down a bit offensively, Centre still carried a 15-10 lead into the second period on the strength of sophomore Kat Wilson's (Suwanee, Ga.) three 3-pointers. Millsaps went 2-for-13 in the opening quarter but managed six free throws.
The Majors turned things around in the second quarter, reeling off a game-changing 18-0 run while keeping Centre off the board for more than eight minutes of game time.
Junior Lakken Miller (Liberty, Ky.) stopped the lengthy scoring drought with a 3-pointer late in the quarter, but it would be the only points Centre managed in their lowest-scoring period of the season.
Leading 15-10 after 10 minutes, the Colonels went into the half down 26-18.
Centre pulled within two possessions on multiple occasions in the third quarter, but still found itself trailing by eight, 37-29, heading to the final stanza.
A 3-pointer from Wilson shortly after the fourth began made it 37-33, and midway through the period Madison Marcum (Cincinnati) sank a triple of her own to make it 45-43.
But Millsaps would hang on, as Dia Fortenberry scored 12 in the fourth period alone to help deny Centre's comeback bid. She led all players with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the game.
Wilson netted nearly half of Centre's total, scoring 25 points on an efficient 7-for-14 overall shooting effort, including 5 of 7 from distance. The 5-11 guard is averaging an even 20 points per game over the last three contests, shooting 12 of 17 from 3-point range.
Senior Paige Kellam (Hebron, Ky.) led the team with five rebounds and four assists to go along with six points, a block and a steal.
The Colonels close the regular season with three consecutive home games, beginning next Friday against Berry at 6 p.m. ET. Centre will look to avenge a Jan. 12 defeat against the Vikings in Mount Berry, Ga.