Ladies Drop Crucial League Contest to IUPUI, 66-60
Monday, February 2, 2004



Shreveport—The Centenary Ladies dropped what could turn out to be a pivotal Mid-Con contest at home to IUPUI on Monday night by the score of 66-60. With the loss, the Ladies complete their first run through league play just one game ahead of Chicago State for the eighth seed in the Mid-Con Tournament. IUPUI held onto the seventh seed and moved to two games in front of Centenary with the victory. However, the Ladies still have eight conference games remaining to make their move.

Centenary (3-16, 1-7 Mid-Con) got off to a slow start as the Ladies converted on only one of their first nine shot attempts. Trailing by ten with 13:13 remaining in the opening half, Centenary went on a 13-1 run to take its only lead of the game at 17-15. The score remained within three points until Jessica James made good on two free throws and Kia Hayes sank a layup to give the visiting Jaguars a 32-25 halftime advantage.

IUPUI (6-14, 3-6 Mid-Con) threatened to pull away several times in the second half as it reached a lead of ten points three times, but Centenary always managed to turn the momentum. The lead hovered around seven points until late in the contest when Lindsay Way reeled off seven straight points for the Ladies to cut the deficit to five at 65-60 with 11 seconds left. The Jaguars would add a late free throw to seal the win.

Hayes led all scorers with 27 points in the winning cause for IUPUI. James collected 13 points mostly from a 9-of-9 free throw shooting effort while Natalie Hendricks was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe for 12 points.

Way narrowly missed her first career double-double while leading the Ladies with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Alexis Pettway scored 14 points in the loss and Carly Melvin contributed 11 points for Centenary.

The Ladies will begin the second round of conference play when they host Valparaiso on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in the Gold Dome. Centenary will close out its four-game homestand with games against Western Illinois and Southern Utah next week.