Defense Wins Tight Game for Ladies
Saturday, November 17, 2007

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball teams’ defense stepped up on Saturday afternoon, as it was able to pull out the win over Birmingham-Southern, 63-60 in the Gold Dome. Leading the way for Centenary was junior Cierra Bush and freshman Anne Farrell, who scored 19 and 14 points respectively.


The Ladies found themselves down 11-5 early, but an 18-1 run lasted over seven minutes and gave them the lead until midway through the second half. Centenary’s run was sparked by Bush’s 3-point shot, and then the Ladies grabbed the lead on a Farrell layup with 11:23 remaining in the period.


Centenary’s defense in the first stanza held BSC to 11-of-38 shooting (28 percent) from the field, while going 4-for-17 (23 percent) from deep. The Ladies offense was also sharp in the period, shooting 51 percent (15-for-29) from the floor and 42 percent (3-of-7) from beyond the arc.


The Panthers had one advantage in the half, out rebounding Centenary, 23-20, as Reba Ross pulled down six boards.


Centenary opened the second half a little cold, as it missed one shot and turned the ball over three times, but managed to get to the free throw line six times and make all six chances. The Ladies offense was able to get back on track as they got their lead back to double figures on a Farrell jumper.


However, BSC was able to chop its deficit down and took a short lived lead thanks to a 15-2 run. On its next trip down the floor, Centenary grabbed the lead for good on a free throw by Bush.


For the game sophomore Leslie Forest grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Bush and Farrell pulled down eight and seven boards each. Bush was 8-for-8 from the free throw line, while the team was 13-of-21 from the charity stripe.


As a squad Centenary shot 42 percent from the field, 36 percent from downtown and pulled down 43 rebounds. The Ladies defense made BSC shoot 31 percent from the field and 22 percent from outside.


The next action for Centenary will be on Tuesday when it travels to UT-Pan American for a 7 p.m. tip-off.