Women's Basketball Falls to New Orleans
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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Bethany Joseph led the Ladies
in scoring in Tuesday's loss

NEW ORLEANS -- A combined 41 points by Le’Della English and Talishia Young led the University of New Orleans (3-1) to a 83-63 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-3) Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO.

The Lady Privateers put forth a dominating performance inside against Centenary, outrebouding the Ladies, 48-34, and outscoring Centenary, 46-18, in the paint.

Capitalizing on numerous turnovers by the Ladies, in addition to poor shooting throughout the contest, New Orleans built off a 14-point halftime lead, extending the lead to as much as 25 points in the second half.

Following the loss, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis says his team must improve on taking care of the basketball and capitalize on its opportunities.

"They scored 83 points and probably 40 of them were on transitions, points that we gave them," Curtis said. "When we can cut down on some of those mistakes and make them earn every point they score, we’ll be a pretty good ball club. And we’re moving in the right direction."

Young, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, was a menace inside the paint for the Ladies. Picking up a double-double in the win, Young routinely would snatch up offensive rebounds and use her height for easy putbacks. Young finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Young and the Lady Privateers blew the game wide open at the end of the first half. Nearing the intermission, Centenary was plagued by turnovers and had trouble converting open looks, held scoreless for the final 4:20 of the first half as New Orleans went on an 8-0 run to close the half.

Reinforcing Curtis’ comments on the turnover margin, Centenary turned the ball over 10 times in the opening half, compared to just two turnovers for the Lady Privateers, leading to the double-digit halftime lead for New Orleans, a lead which Centenary could not recover from.

Despite improved shooting from the floor early in the second half and cutting down on turnovers, the Ladies could not cut the New Orleans' lead to under 10 points for the remainder of the contest, shooting 32.1 percent from the floor in the loss.

Scoring a game-high 21 points for the Lady Privateers, English continually slashed to the basket throughout the contest, either dishing the ball off to a teammate or taking the ball to the rim for the score. English went 7-for-11 from the floor in the game, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

For Centenary, freshman guard Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) led the Ladies with 12 points in 28 minutes of play, scoring in double digits for the second consecutive game. Joseph went 3-for-4 on threes in the game.

Playing its first of four-straight road games, Centenary continues its road trip Friday, traveling to Birmingham, Ala. for the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic. The Ladies face host Birmingham-Southern Friday at Bill Battle Coliseum, with game time set for 7 p.m. Following Friday’s game, Centenary faces Samford in a 5 p.m. game Saturday.

In Friday’s game against the Lady Panthers, Centenary looks to put Tuesday’s loss against the Lady Privateers behind them, as the team continues to build towards the Mid-Continent Conference season.