The Central Christian women refused to quit Saturday against Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College, but the Tigers didn’t have enough in the tank to pull out the win, falling 79-64.

The Central Christian women refused to quit Saturday against Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College, but the Tigers didn’t have enough in the tank to pull out the win, falling 79-64.

The Tigers took a late lead in the first half and only trailed 39-35 leading into the break. They clawed back to within four after the Saints extended their lead in the second half, but a pair of daggers from distance for Hillsdale sealed Central’s fate.

Brooke Rhodes had 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double double in the loss for the Tigers. Libby Regier added 11 points.

The Tigers shot 32.4 percent from the field in the loss, and were only 6-23 on three-point shooting. The Saints shot 45.8 percent from the field.

“We did some things better tonight and I was pleased with the level of hustle and effort,” Central coach Robert Lancaster said. “Unfortunately, in the second half, we missed too many easy opportunities to take control of the game and that was our undoing.”

Central (3-10) will be on the road to start MCAC play this weekend. They open conference play against the College of the Ozarks Friday evening, then travel to Haskell for a Saturday matinee.