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Centre’s nine-game winning streak snapped in SAA loss at Berry

Centre’s nine-game winning streak snapped in SAA loss at Berry

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – Centre women's basketball's remarkable nine-game winning streak came to an end Friday night, as the Colonels fell 63-53 at Berry inside the Cage Center.

The loss is Centre's first in Southern Athletics Association (SAA) play, first since Nov. 25 and just the second of the season, dropping the Colonels to 12-2 (3-1 SAA). Their nine-game winning streak had been the longest since the 2011-12 season.

Berry snaps its own four-game skid, moving to 6-8 (1-3) after capitalizing on Centre's season-high 25 turnovers.

The Colonels, who entered with the SAA's best scoring defense (52.6 ppg), surrendered 19 points to the host Vikings in the first quarter, trailing by three after 10 minutes.

Centre scored quickly in the second quarter after a steal and layup from freshman Abigail Wehby (Brentwood, Tenn.), and eventually took its first lead of the game after a 7-1 start to the period.

But Berry rattled off its own 8-0 stretch, and would carry a 31-27 lead into the break – just the third time the Colonels faced a halftime deficit.

The Vikings clamped down on the Colonels in the third quarter, outscoring their guests 15-5 while hold Centre to a 2 of 10 mark from the field.

Although they would make it a two possession game late in the fourth quarter, the Colonels couldn't overcome the Vikings' lead, which peaked at 16 points.

Berry had a massive advantage at the free throw line, shooting 37 freebies to Centre's 10. The Vikings finished with a plus-14 edge in made free throws, and turned 25 Centre turnovers into 21 points.

Centre held Berry to 33 percent shooting, improving on its league-best field goal percentage defense.

Reigning SAA Player of the Week Abigail Stewart (LaGrange, Ky.) led Centre with 11 points, matching sophomore Mikayla Fee (Seymour, Ind.) with a team-high five rebounds.

Freshman Madison Marcum (Cincinnati) followed with nine points, hitting 3 of 7 from long range.

The Colonels continue their road swing Sunday, facing Oglethorpe in Atlanta at 1 p.m. ET.