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Women's Basketball Falls to Second Half Rally from Centre

Nina Grauley/ Sports Information
Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Covenant women's basketball team jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but could not hold the lead in a 59-41 loss to Centre on Friday night in the Sewanee Holiday Classic inside Juhan Gymnasium.

Bekah Walter led Covenant (4-5) with 12 points and four assists, and was joined in double figure scoring by Kaley Hallmark's 10 points.

The Scots got off to a hot start with a 12-0 run over the first three-plus minutes of the first period. Walter hit two 3-pointers during the stretch and a driving layup from Jessica Bell capped the run at the 6:45 mark of the period. After Centre finally got on the board, Covenant was able to again extend the margin to double-digits after a Hallmark 3-pointer that made it 16-6 with 1:45 left in the quarter. 

Covenant led 16-8 at the end of the first period.

The Scots remained in the lead throughout the second. Hallmark and Bell had the first two baskets of the second quarter to put the Scots ahead by 12 at 20-8 with 6:45 left in the half. Centre chipped away at the Covenant lead and got within four, 27-23, at halftime.

The final two quarters were controlled by Centre (9-1). The Colonels outscored the Scots 23-5 in the third period to go ahead 46-32, and then led by double digits the rest of the way. Centre shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half, while Covenant could not keep pace and connected on just 25 percent over the final 20 minutes.

Kathleen Wilson led Centre with 15 points and Lakken Miller had 14 in the victory for the Colonels. After being limited on the offensive side through the first two periods, Centre finished shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field with eight triples.  The Colonels also had a 34-28 rebounding edge and scored 21 points off 22 Covenant turnovers.

Bell added seven points and five rebounds for Covenant, while Joanna Smith tallied a team-high seven rebounds to go with four points. Clara Dirkse Wolfe chipped in six points and three boards.

Covenant shot 37 percent (17-of-46) from the floor.


Covenant will have a quick turnaround as it faces Sewanee on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST at Juhan Gymnasium.


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