In the first of two consecutive games between bitter rivals, Kentucky State University, dropped the first meeting to Central State University, 63-44 on the road Thursday night.
The Thorobrettes (7-16, 6-9) dropped their fourth straight game, with each being against Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents. KSU has three regular-season games remaining against west division teams with four teams jockeying for position ranging from the No. 3 seed down to the No. 7 spot. The Lady Marauders (18-5, 12-3) currently have the No. 2 spot in the west division standings secured with a 7-2 divisional record. CSU still has a chance to overcome the two-game deficit Spring Hill College holds at a 9-0 divisional record with each team having three divisional games remaining on the regular season schedule.
CSU took charge in the second quarter after a 12-12 tie to end the first, outscoring the visiting squad 17-10. KSU kept within a reachable distance against the host after the third quarter, trailing but just nine points at 48-39. The Lady Marauders stomped out any comeback effort in the fourth stanza with a stingy defense and the Thorobreds going cold for only five points in the final 10 minutes.
Freshman forward Wynter Webb led the green and gold with 11 points, hitting from three-point land twice in the first half, and once in the second half. Fellow freshman Erica Jones worked her way through the paint at the forward position for nine points and 10 rebounds.
As a team, KSU struggled to keep themselves in check with a combined 24 turnovers as CSU accounted for 13 steals. The bounces off the iron favored the home team as well, as CSU outrebounded KSU by nine, 47-38, including 18 offensive rebounds.
The second game of this rivalry matchup will come to a head in the Capitol City in just two days as KSU will host CSU in its annual homecoming game on Saturday at the Exum Center. The tip is set for 4:30 pm ET.
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