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February 17, 2012

Women defeat Millsaps 66-51 to wrap up SCAC East title

For the first time in the SCAC divisional era, the Centre College women's basketball team has won the SCAC East regular season title by defeating Millsaps College 66-51 Friday, Feb. 17 in Danville, Ky.

Not only did the game feature the top two teams in the SCAC this season, but it was also played as part of Pink Night. Fans and the Centre team dressed in pink to help raise money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Colonels fell behind early and trailed 15-10 at the 12:49 mark in the first half, but a 14-0 run gave them a 24-15 lead with 5:41 left. Centre out-scored the Majors 9-7 to close the half and take a 33-22 lead into the break. 

Senior guard Maggie Prewitt (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) took over early in the second half. Prewitt scored 12 of the Colonels' first 14 points of the period and 19 of her game-high 32 points in the second half as the Colonels pushed the lead to as many as 23 points before finishing with the 15-point victory. 

She finished 10 of 15 from the floor, including two of three from beyond the three-point arc and 10 of 13 from the charity stripe. Along with her scoring, the senior guard pulled down 10 rebounds and added four steals and three assists in 36 minutes of action.

Junior forward Chelsea Benham (Taswell, Ind.) scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior center Lauren Huter (Louisville, Ky.) came up one point shy of a double-double of her own with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Velvet Johnson and Lovie Love paced the Majors. Johnson finished iwth a team-high 16 points on six of 15 shooting. Love also finished in double figures with 12 points.

The Colonels have now locked up the top seed for the 2012 SCAC Tournament and will play its regular season finale Sunday, Feb. 19 against Rhodes College. The game will be the final regular season home game for eight seniors and is set to tip-off at 1 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium in Danville, Ky.