SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's basketball team outscored the Centre Colonels 32-24 in the second half, but were unable to complete the comeback, falling 70-63 Saturday afternoon inside Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Centre (6-1, 1-0) 70, Sewanee (2-4, 0-1) 63
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Centre used a 9-of-19 opening quarter, including dropping four shots from downtown to lead 23-10 after 10 minutes.
-After a cold start, the Tigers came to life in the second quarter. Despite shooting 53 percent from the field in the quarter, the Tigers trailed 46-31 at the break.
-Both teams struggled shooting in the third quarter, and the Tigers were preparing for a comeback. Outscoring the Colonels 13-9 in the quarter, the Purple and Gold trailed 55-44 headed into the final 10 minutes.
-The Tigers used an 8-0 run in a five-minute span to cut the deficit to single digits. Trailing 66-58 with less than a minute remaining, Hannah McCormack, who made a trey on the Tigers last possession, dropped another 3-pointer to make the contest a two-possession game, 66-61 with 42 seconds to go.
-With Centre not able to sink free throws on the next possession, the Tigers had a change to make it a one-possession contest. Kelley Myers attempted a 3-pointer, but while in the process of shooting, she was fouled on the play. However, she was unable to make free throws.
-Sue Kim made a layup to cut the contest to five points, but that was as close as they would get.
Head coach Tracey Braden:
Give credit to Centre. They came out red hot. We talked about boards and execution being our focus for the second half. If we put a full game together, we get this win. I still believe it is a process and we will use this experience moving forward. Our team continues to progress, and I like the progress we are making.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Hannah McCormack shot 10-of-18 from the floor en route to a 27-point afternoon, missing her career of 28 by one point set against Hendrix during her freshman year.
-Sue Kim dropped 15 points thanks to three 3-pointers.
CENTRE KEY STATISTICS
-Madison Rice scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards.
-Abigail Stewart was short of a triple double, scoring 12 points, collecting 10 boards and blocked seven shots.
The Tigers hit the road again for their final game before final exams, as they travel to Berea Tuesday night. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.