Colonels defeat Birmingham Southern, 64-50

The Centre Women's Basketball team improved its conference record to 3-0 as they won their SCAC home opener over the Birmingham Southern Panthers by a score of 64-50.

The Colonels played tough defense the entire game, holding Birmingham Southern to 39.6% shooting from the field and 23.8% from three-point range while also forcing the Panthers into 18 turnovers and converting those turnovers into 20 points. Centre also took advantage of missed shots by crashing the glass, enjoying a 35-29 rebounding advantage over the Panthers and outscoring them 13-6 on second chance points.

Individually, Centre was paced by senior Maggie Prewitt (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), who had an outstanding outing from all aspects of the game. She led all Centre scorers with 16 points, tied for the game high with eight rebounds, dished out six of the Colonels' 12 assists and also recorded four of the team's nine steals while hitting all four of her free throw attempts.

Sophomore Paige Baechle (Gallatin, Tenn.) tied Prewitt for the game high with eight rebounds while also chipping in on the scoring column with 13 points. Junior Chelsea Benham (Taswell, Ind.) scored 11 points for Centre and pulled down five rebounds, and senior Alyson Burke (Harrodsburg, Ky.) scored nine points on three three-pointers.

Alex Adams of Birmingham Southern led all scorers with 17 points.

Centre jumped out of the gate quickly, taking an 11-2 lead five minutes into the game. The Panthers buried a shot from beyond the arc to make it 11-5, but after Prewitt hit two free throws, the lead would bounce between eight and twelve points for the rest of the half. The Colonels forced 11 Birmingham Southern turnovers in the first half and only gave up one Panther offensive rebounds as they took a 32-21 lead going into the break.

The Panthers chipped away at the lead early in the second half as a layup and two three-pointers made the score 32-29 at the 17:19 mark, but an old-fashioned three-point play by Benham and consecutive threes by junior Bridget Winstead (Franklin, Tenn.) brought the Centre lead back to double digits at 41-31. This flurry was part of a 12-0 run that effectively put the game away, as Birmingham Southern could only get the lead down to 12 points for the rest of the game. Free throws by Prewitt at the 6:16 mark gave the Colonels their biggest lead at 60-42.

The next game for the Centre women will take place on Sunday, December 18th, as Oglethorpe will come to Danville.