Lack of Rebounding Dooms Ladies at Southern Utah 73-61
Monday, February 13, 2006

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CC-SUU2 Box Score 2-13-06

Van'esha Brabson

Cierra Bush

Brittany Barbee

CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Centenary women’s basketball team could all but clinch a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a win Monday evening at Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds, also needing a win for any hope of a postseason, looked like they wanted it more as they crashed the boards relentlessly to put the Ladies away 73-61.


The game began with the Centenary (3-22, 2-12 Mid-Con) providing strong defensive pressure and forcing several turnovers. However, Centenary would not convert on the ensuing possessions on offense and Southern Utah soon took a 10-2 lead backed by four points from Julie Stradling. The SUU leading margin would stay above 10 almost the entire first half except for a brief moment when Van’esha Brabson netted a jumper and Karolina Sokalska scored three consecutive points to cut the deficit to six at 22-16.


Although the Maroon and White defense stayed tenacious, there was a lack of effort on the glass. The Thunderbirds owned a 32.5 shooting percentage compared to 40.9 percent for the Ladies, but still led 34-23 at the half thanks to a rebounding advantage of 30-12. Centenary did not grab an offensive board in the first period whereas Southern Utah misfired frequently when shooting but grabbed 16 offensive rebounds for easy put-backs. Stradling nearly accomplished a double double in the first stanza with eight points and 10 boards.


Southern Utah (9-14, 2-10 Mid-Con) continued to dominate in the second half. The Ladies put together one strong push when they scored 10 unanswered points over a three-minute span but it would not be enough. Brittany Barbee drilled two of her four trifectas while Cierra Bush added a lay-up and a three-pointer to bring the score to 50-43 with seven minutes remaining.


For the game, the Thunderbirds out-rebounded Centenary 51-24, which included 22 on the offensive end of the court. Stradling finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds while Anne Westwood led the scoring charge for SUU with 16 points. Cheryl Grant and Charmaine Piula contributed 11 and 10 points respectively in the win.


Brabson netted 15 points for the Ladies and Bush added 12 points in 20 minutes of action. Barbee also scored 12 points in the loss for Centenary powered by a 4-of-7 effort from long distance.