Ladies Drop Hard Fought Contest 73-61 to Jackson State
Monday, December 5, 2005

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Box Score

Laura Way

Brittany Barbee

Cierra Bush

Van'esha Brabson

Julia Bowie

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team fell to visiting Jackson State 73-61 in a back-and-forth battle in the Gold Dome Monday night.  Three Ladies, Brittany Barbee, Cierra Bush, and Laura Way, scored career highs but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers used second half runs of 14-0 and 15-3 to pull away for the victory.


Way, a sophomore, came off the bench with 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, to lead Centenary with a career-high 17 points.  Fellow sophomore Barbee’s 14 points and freshman Bush’s nine were also career highs.


Centenary (1-5) jumped to a quick six-point lead in the first half as the Ladies held Jackson State scoreless through almost the first four minutes of the game.  The Lady Tigers would answer back with a 8-0 four-minute run to pull ahead by two.  The next six minutes would see 14 ties or lead changes until JSU took the lead for good with 6:40 remaining on a jumper by Lashonda Gaines.


Two Jackson State (2-3) players scored at least 20 points, with Shelita Burns leading the way with 21 and Shante Stanford adding 20.  Stanford would also grab a team-high nine rebounds, while Angel Liddell would score eight to go with nine steals and five assists.


The second half looked to start where the first left off, with Barbee connecting on a three pointer to pull the Ladies within two.  JSU would then pound the Ladies with a 14-0 run to increase their lead to 14.  After trading points, Centenary would battle back to pull within five after a pair of free throws by Way.


Jackson State wouldn’t let up though, pushing their lead to as many as 18 on a 15-3 run before a field goal by Barbee and a three pointer by Way ended the game at a 12 point loss.


Van’esha Brabson led Centenary with nine rebounds and Julia Bowie collected a career-high seven boards.  Brabson and Laura Kizyte both dished out a game-high five assists.


The Ladies remain home to face Georgia Southern on Saturday at the Gold Dome.  Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.