DANVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) – Despite an impressive second-half rally, the Sewanee women's basketball team could not complete the comeback as the Tigers opened Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play with a 64-59 loss at Centre, Sunday, inside Alumni Gymnasium.
The loss dropped Sewanee to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in SAA play. The host Colonels improved to 3-9 overall and are 1-0 in conference action.
The contest was close early in the first quarter. A three by Katie Wayne tied the game at 8-8 with 4:34 left. Unfortunately, Centre took advantage of a 9-0 scoring run to close the first quarter. Even after the break, the Colonels kept rolling.
Centre came out in the second quarter and extended its advantage to 20, 28-8, over the first four minutes. A traditional three-point play by freshman Bella Taylor temperately cut the Tigers deficit to 28-11. However, Centre responded with a three by Olivia Schad.
Sewanee eventually closed the second quarter on an 8-0 run.
Despite being down 14, 35-21, to start the third quarter, Sewanee outscored the Colonels 18-12 the next 10 minutes.
Down 45-28, a free throw by Taylor opened a 14-2 run the final 4:37 of the third to close the Sewanee gap to eight, 47-39, to start the fourth.
Centre opened the final quarter with a jumper from Paige Kellam. After a Centre layup by Abigail Stewart, senior Jamie Chauvin responded with a layup of her own. Sewanee pulled back to within single digits with 6:11 to play after a Haley McDonough layup.
After a three by Sue Kim and a layup by Taylor, Sewanee got to as close as one possession at 53-50 with 4:09 left.
However, Centre answered right back with five straight points. Alexis Guy then closed the game with three free throws to close out the scoring with under a minute to play.
Overall, Sewanee made 31.4 percent of its shots. Despite forcing the Colonels to 18 turnovers, the Colonels overcame their miscues with a 50.0 shooting percentage.
Individually, freshman Corey Caulder led Sewanee with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double. Wayne also played well with a career-high 18 points while Taylor added 10.
Guy had a game-high 23 points for Centre. The only other Colonel in double figures was Stewart with 14 to go along with 10 rebounds.
Sewanee returns to action with a 6:00 p.m. SAA contest against Hendrix, Friday. That contest will be played inside Juhan Gymnasium.