Valpo Topples Ladies With Strong First Half Effort
Monday, January 26, 2004

Valparaiso, Ind.—The Centenary Ladies dropped their fifth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference game as they fell on the road to Valparaiso, 66-49. The Ladies shot 53.6 percent in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome their first half effort of 26.1 percent and a 48-16 halftime deficit.

Valparaiso (11-8, 6-2 Mid-Con) jumped out to a 20-6 lead over the first nine minutes of play thanks in large part to seven Centenary turnovers. The Crusaders continued to dominate the opening half by putting together a 28-10 run to put the contest away at the mid-point.

Centenary (3-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) made a valiant effort at a comeback in the second period as they held Valpo to 14.7 percent shooting and opened the half on a 10-2 run. However, the Ladies were not aggressive enough and earned only five free throw attempts in the entire game while committing 25 turnovers.

Suzie Hammel paced the Crusaders with 20 points, 18 in the first half. Jenna Stangler added 15 points and nine boards in the win.

The Ladies were led by Julie Danieles’ 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line. Alexis Pettway and Holli Wilkins each scored ten points in the losing cause.

Centenary will travel to Western Illinois on Saturday before returning to the Gold Dome to begin a four-game homestand on Monday.