Ladies Fall by Seven at UMKC Monday
Monday, January 15, 2007

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Cierra Bush had 22 points
in Monday's game against UMKC

KANSAS CITY -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-14, 0-4) fell to UMKC (6-12, 2-1), 64-57, Monday at Swinney Recreation Center, on the campus of UMKC. With the loss, Centenary continues to search for its first win in Mid-Continent Conference play.

Behind an 11-0 run midway through the second half, UMKC took a 52-41 lead and never looked back for the remainder of the game.

Tied at 41-41 at the 10:26 mark of the second half, a layup by UMKC junior Marta Waalen started the run for the Kangaroos, finished off by a running jumper by senior Jowan Ortega with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest.

Continuing to fight to tie the game after the close to five-minute scoreless drought, Centenary cut the UMKC lead to six with 2:21 remaining in the contest.

On the next possession for the Kangaroos, junior Brittny Picconi nailed a three from the top of the key with less than two minutes remaining, reestablishing a nine-point lead for UMKC.

With less than 30 seconds remaining, Centenary sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La./Lakeview) hit a three to make it a five-point game, however the Ladies were forced to foul to conserve time and fell by seven to the Kangaroos, who captured their second win in conference play this season.

Picconi led UMKC with 22 points Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots from the floor and utilizing her inside-outside game to move the Kangaroo offense.

Scoring for Centenary was spread out between three players in Monday’s game, led by Bush’s 22 points. Bush was joined by senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia/Universal) and junior forward Sara Judice (Lafayette, La./East Central CC) in double figures with 18 and 11 points, respectively. Judice matched a career high, leading all players with 10 rebounds in Monday’s loss.

Centenary performed well early in the second half after trailing 27-24 at the intermission.

On five occasions early in the second half, the Ladies hit shots to tie the game, however were unable to take the lead from the Kangaroos. Four of the five game-tying shots were made by Aleksic and Judice, with each player hitting two apiece.

During the deciding five-minute span in which the Ladies were held scoreless, Centenary was hindered by turnovers and missed opportunities, shooting 34.5 percent from the floor for the game.

Still needing improvement, Centenary turned the ball over a season-low 16 times in Monday’s loss.

Centenary starts a four-game homestand Saturday, hosting Chicago State at the Gold Dome at 4:30 p.m.

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