McNeese Downs Ladies, 80-69, in Lake Charles
Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Lake Charles, La.—Despite an outstanding individual effort from senior Alexis Pettway, Centenary fell to McNeese State on the road 80-69 on Tuesday. The Ladies committed 24 turnovers in the game and shot a dismal 59.3 percent from the free throw line as the Cowgirls won their home opener.

Centenary (1-2) scored the opening basket of the game to take an early 2-0 lead before Tara Abdul-Hadi tied the game with a layup. The Cowgirls took the lead on a Regina Spivey jumper at the 18:33 mark and never trailed again in the contest. McNeese continued to widen its margin and held as much as a 22-point advantage with 5:52 left in the first half.

The Ladies cut into the deficit briefly but McNeese held its own and took a 40-26 lead into the locker room at the half. Hadi scored 13 first-half points as she connected on five of eight from the field and was three of six from the free throw line.

In the second half Centenary cut the Cowgirl lead to nine (48-39) with 14:05 left in the game after going on a 13-8 run in the first six minutes of the half. McNeese got things rolling again and went on a scoring run to lengthen their lead to 18 points with 7:07 left in the game.

Pettway poured in 30 points on 11 of 15 from the field and collected a double-double by pulling down 15 rebounds. Julie Danieles finished with ten points in the losing cause.

Abdul-Hadi paced the victors with 23 points while Spivey and Clarissa Clark added 19 points and 14 points respectively.

Centenary will spend the holiday weekend in Wisconsin as the team will take part in the Oneida Bingo Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Ladies will battle the host school on Friday and will face either Austin Peay or Missouri on Saturday.