The Centre College women rallied in the closing minutes Friday night to defeat Colorado College 72-68 at Colorado Springs, Colo., for their ninth straight victory.
Down by 10 points in the first half and by four with 3 minutes, 28 seconds to play, the Colonels outscored the Tigers 8-0 the rest of the way to remain undefeated in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Four players scored in double figures for Centre (12-1, 6-0 SCAC), led by Maggie Prewitt with 20 points.
Colorado College (8-7, 4-2)¿led 37-31 at halftime before the Colonels turned things around.
“I’m just really proud of our kids for making some big adjustments at halftime and coming out and executing on both ends of the floor,” Centre coach Wendie Austin-Robinson said. “I’m proud of the kids and how hard they played tonight.”
Centre took its first lead at 56-55 on a jump shot by Prewitt with 11:13 remaining, but the lead changed hands three more times over the next 7 minutes.
The Colonels trailed 68-64 when¿reserve Cailynn West sank a jumper with 3:04 to play to start their closing run.
“Cailynn played the best 12 minutes of her career,” Austin-Robinson said. “She had three big rebounds and hit a big shot late for us when we were down that probably gave us momentum to go on and finish the game.”
After Colorado College turned the ball over on an offensive foul, reserve Jane Goatley sank a 3-point shot to give Centre a 69-68 edge with 2:45 left.
The Tigers went 0 for 4 with one turnover the rest of the way.
Chelsea Benham had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Centre, Lauren Huter and Maggie Hartlage scored 10 points each, and Paige Baechle added nine points and seven rebounds.
Huter also had eight rebounds to help the Colonels outrebound the Tigers 48-34, and Prewitt had seven assists and six boards.
“It was a balanced win tonight,” Austin-Robinson said.
Colorado College 62, Centre 57 — Centre (9-5, 3-3 SCAC)¿made a late charge but came up short as Colorado College (7-6, 4-2) handed the Colonels their third straight road loss.
The Colonels trailed 58-46 with 4:27 remaning, then scored 11 straight points to pull within 58-57 on a 3-point goal by Josh Karsner with 1:38 to play and a layup by Greg Ross at :26.
But Colorado College’s Ian Rewoldt hit two free throws to make it a three-point game, and Centre couldn’t score again.
Centre fell to 2-5 on the road.
“We had some good moments, we fought, we battled, but we have to start playing better,” Centre coach Greg Mason said. “We’re good at home right now, but 2-5 on the road. That’s a mindset.”
Ross scored 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting, but no other Colonel had more than seven.
Ryan Milne, last season’s SCAC¿freshman of the year, made five of 10 3-point shots and scored 26 points for the Tigers, who were 10 for 23 from behind the 3-point line.
Colorado College scored eight straight points to take a 15-7 lead just under 7 1/2 minutes into the game. The Tigers led 32-26 at halftime and were up by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Reserve Casey Jackson had eight rebounds and Jeff Mullaney had four assists for Centre.
The Centre men and women play today at Hendrix.