Ladies Shoot Well, but Turnovers Kill
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

MONROE, La. – For the second time in as many games, turnovers were the story for the Centenary women’s basketball team. The Ladies gave the ball away 34 times on Tuesday against Louisiana-Monroe, as the Warhawks were able to hang on for the victory 59-46 at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

In the first half Centenary (0-2) was able to just get 18 shots off in part because of its 23 turnovers, but the Ladies were able to stay in the game, trailing by five at the break. The ULM (2-0) offense fired off 39 shots but, only connected on nine of them shooting 24 percent from the field, and seven from outside.

However, the Ladies in the first period started out on fire opening the game with a 5-0 lead, thanks to a stifling defense. Centenary held the Warhawks scoreless for the contests first five minutes, but that’s all they needed as ULM woke up and went on a 12-2 run. However, the Ladies were able to kill the run and tie the game up at 15.

Centenary was led by freshman Anne Farrell, who scored six points, while classmate Ashley Jackson followed up with five. Junior Cierra Bush was a monster on the glass, pulling down seven rebounds.

Monroe has a good press, but I’m confident that only two of our 30 turnovers were because of their defense,” said head coach Steve Curtis. “Tonight we didn’t read the defense. We need to slow down, so we don’t make the mistakes that cost us the game.”

Centenary in the second half shot the ball a bit better, as it was 9-for-21 from the floor, and the Ladies defense also continued to play strong. Centenary held the Warhawks to 31 percent shooting in the second stanza, as they were 13-of-41.

Rebounding was a close battle for the game; the Ladies grabbed 43, while ULM had the slight edge with 44. Shooting for the contest was Centenary connecting on 16-of-39 (41 percent), while ULM was 22-for-78 (28 percent).

For the game Centenary was led by Farrell’s 12 points, and was followed up by Jackson, who chipped in with nine. Bush played well in the loss scoring eight points and pulling down a team-high nine rebounds, along sophomore Leslie Forest.

“I’m really confident our team can pull through this rough early going,” Curtis stated. “We have the team to do great things. However, I don’t want to take anything away from ULM, who played great on both ends of the floor.”

The Ladies will play host to Birmingham-Southern at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Gold Dome.