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Colonels stifled by Vikings in SAA Quarterfinal loss

Colonels stifled by Vikings in SAA Quarterfinal loss

ATLANTA – The book has closed on the Centre women's basketball season, as the Colonels fell 61-41 to Berry College in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) quarterfinals, taking place in Atlanta.

Roughly two weeks after shutting down the Vikings in Alumni Gym, 62-40, the Colonels found themselves on the other side of a defensive struggle, posting season lows in points and shooting percentage.

The Colonels came out of a low-scoring first quarter ahead, 9-7, with a late 3-pointer from junior Madison Rice (Knoxville, Tenn.) putting them in front.

Sophomore Kat Wilson (Suwanee, Ga.) began the second period with a triple of her own, and Centre's defense held Berry without a field goal for over six minutes of game time.

But the Colonels would hit their own cold spell, and were held scoreless for seven minutes after Wilson's 3-pointer.

Berry led 19-14 at the half, although both sides went into the locker rooms shooting below 30 percent overall.

The Vikings broke out of their offensive slump in the third quarter, leaving the Colonels behind with a 26-9 advantage over the 10 minutes.

Centre out-scored Berry in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 20-plus-point deficit.

The Colonels hit just 12 of their 51 shots for the game, and after a 3-for-6 start from 3-point range finished only 6-for-21.

Centre was also plagued by 24 turnovers as Berry totaled 17 steals and 26 points off of those errors.

Rice, Wilson and freshman Kylee Murray (Winchester, Ky.) each finished with six points to lead the Colonels.

Centre held a sizeable 44-34 rebounding advantage, with sophomore Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) hauling in a team-best eight.

The Colonels finish their campaign 15-10 overall, while Berry improves to 13-13 and heads to Saturday's semifinal.