Ladies Come Up Short Against Oakland, 75-60
Monday, February 16, 2004

Rochester, Mich.—The Centenary Ladies battled from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on the road against Oakland University on Monday night, but could not hold on as the Golden Grizzlies stormed back to win 75-60.

Centenary (4-19, 2-10 Mid-Con) found itself in a big hole early as Oakland scored the first 13 points of the game with the aid of three consecutive turnovers by the Ladies. Julie Danieles stopped the bleeding when she made a three-pointer at the 15:01 mark to put Centenary on the board.

Oakland (16-8, 9-4 Mid-Con) increased its advantage back to 12 points before the Ladies put together an 18-2 run over a five-minute span to pull ahead at 22-18. Five different players scored for Centenary and the Golden Grizzlies made good on just one shot attempt during the spurt.

Petra Manakova answered for the home team with back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 22 apiece. Whitney Rushing converted on one of two free throws to put Centenary back up by one before Oakland reeled off another 13-0 run to take the lead for good. The Ladies fell behind by as much as 19 points in the second half, but did manage one last push that pulled the team within five points with 4:48 to play.

The Golden Grizzlies were paced by a 23-point effort from Jayme Wilson. Amanda Batcha scored 16 points in the win while Manakova and Anne Hafeli contributed 12 points and 11 points respectively.

Alexis Pettway led Centenary with 17 points and nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double. Danieles finished with ten points shooting 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from the three-point line.

The Ladies will travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI on Saturday.