Ladies Struggle Against IUPUI Monday
Monday, January 29, 2007

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Cierra Bush had a double-double
in the loss to IUPUI Monday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The shots just did not fall for the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-18, 0-7) in Monday night’s matchup against IUPUI (8-12, 3-4), as the Ladies fell 67-55 to the visiting Jaguars.

Shooting a disappointing 27.6 percent for the game, Centenary struggled mightily at the start of the second half, not hitting a basket for the first five-and-half minutes of the half.

IUPUI turned what was a two-point halftime lead to 11 points early, going on a 9-0 run to open the second half and not conceding the lead for the remainder of the game.

"This is easily the most disappointing loss of the year for me," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the loss. "That’s a game we should win. It’s a time of the year we should be getting better and we just don’t play like we’re supposed to."

Curtis remarked at his team’s failure to compete at stretches during the contest.

The effort was just not there for the Ladies in the second half, evident by Centenary’s lack of team defense and the Ladies allowing IUPUI to shoot 50 percent from the floor. For a stretch, much of the Jaguars’ offensive conversions came from fastbreak layups due to careless turnovers by the Ladies or uncontested drives to the hoop due to breakdowns on defense for Centenary.

The 9-0 run to start the second half can be viewed as the breaking point for the Ladies, as Centenary did not have the drive or fight to get back into the game down 11. Shoulders shrugged, emotions flared and from body language alone, Centenary appeared as though it was a defeated team.

"At that point, the game is far from over, but we just didn’t fight like I thought we would," Curtis said of the early second-half run by IUPUI. "We got to get more competitive. We got to get more aggressive and we got to be able to play through things."

The Jaguars hit 47.5 percent of their shots for the game, utilizing high percentage shots, not just in the second half, in which IUPUI went 15-for-30 from the floor, but throughout the entire contest. Hitting jumper after jumper and layup after layup, the Jaguars were led by sophomore forward and leading scorer Jernisha Cann in Monday’s contest. Cann, sixth in the Mid-Con in scoring and second in rebounds, finished the game with 22 points and eight boards, hitting 10-of-20 shots and dishing out four assists.

Junior Alicia Booyer and junior Amy Cook added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Jaguars.

Centenary started the evening on a roll, roaring out to a 9-2 lead following a three by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas), who finished with a team-leading 19 points.

Hitting much of their early attempts, the Ladies held the lead through the midway point of the first half, trailing by two points at the intermission.

The early shot attempts were no different than the looks Centenary got following the intermission, but, unfortunately, the Ladies shot a dismal 20.7 percent from the floor to fall out of the game, including only converting 1-of-10 three point attempts.

Curtis pointed out that his team had open looks at the basket, however was unable to convert. That being said, the first-year coach said the Ladies allowed their lack of conversion on offense to effect their entire game, something Centenary must learn to play through.

In the game, sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and 14 points for the double-double. Senior Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) scored 12 points in the loss.

Centenary, winless for the month of January, looks for a fresh start when it travels to Valparaiso Saturday for a conference game at 1:35 p.m.