Saints can't keep early momentum going in loss to Lincoln Christian
The Central Christian women's basketball team came out fast and furious, but it didn't last as Lincoln Christian University rallied for a 53-45 win over the Saints on Tuesday inside the Ferneau Center.
Central Christian (5-8) jumped out to a 13-point lead in the opening quarter, but with a minute left in the period the Red Lions started to gain momentum. The guests narrowed the gap to 19-9 before the buzzer, then limited the Saints to five second-quarter points as LCU took a 25-24 lead into the locker room.
CCCB kept it close throughout the third quarter, then started the final period facing a 40-36 deficit. That was as close as the Saints would get, however, as they shot just 1-for-7 from 3-point range and 35 percent from the field in the second half.
Lauren Mills led Central Christian with 15 points. Alexis Whisenand grabbed 12 rebounds and Kayla Koester pulled down 11.
Lincoln Christian was led by 17 points and 11 rebounds from Jordan Price.
Outside of the first quarter where the Saints shot 53 percent, neither team put together a strong offensive offensive showing. LCU shot just 28 percent from the field and 21 percent from 3-point range, while CCCB finished at 35 percent overall and 20 percent from behind the arc.
The Saints were crippled by a season-high 29 turnovers.
Up next for CCCB are a pair of Midwest Christian College Conference games at home over the weekend. On Friday night they host No. 7 Barclay College at 7 p.m., then face Manhattan Christian College on Saturday at 2 p.m.