Second Half Surge Not Enough for Ladies
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

EDINBURG, Texas – The Centenary women’s basketball team had the tenacity to chop what was once a 21 point lead down to five, but it was not enough Tuesday night against UT-Pan American, as the Ladies fell 73-63.

The turnovers were down in the first half (nine), but Centenary (1-3) could not find the bottom on the net, as it shot 9-of-25 from the floor. However, on the other end of the floor the UTPA (2-1) offense could not be stopped as it shot 56 percent from the field, connecting on 18-of-32.

UTPA had the edge in rebounding as well in the first period, 20-13. The Ladies were led by freshman Sarah Weiler, who pulled down a team-best three, while the Broncos were led by Tamara Vaughn and Teshay Winfrey, who had four each.

Offensively the Ladies were led by junior Cierra Bush and sophomore Bethany Joseph, who had nine points. UTPA offensive explosion was charged by LeKeisha Gray’s and Robin Garrett’s eight points.

Centenary’s shooting got better in the second half, as it was 47 percent from the field, but the Ladies could not create second chances for themselves. Centenary only had three offensive rebounds midway through the second period, and for the game it was not much better, as they pulled down eight.

At one point in the half Centenary was down by 21 and was able to chop the lead down to five thanks to a 17-7 run. The Ladies defense also played huge during the run holding UTPA to 28 percent shooting, and 11 percent from deep. Meanwhile, Centenary heated up from deep shooting 50 percent during the run going 3-of-6.

For the game, Centenary was led by Bush, who had her 20th career double digit scoring night, and third double-double. The Campti, La., native pulled down 11 rebounds and poured in a game-high 21 points. Joseph had a season-high 12 points to round out the double figure scoring for Centenary.

As a team, the Ladies shot 41 percent from the field (20-of-48), 35 from outside (6-of-17) and 65 percent from the stripe (17-of-26). UTPA was 29-of-63 (46 percent) from the field, 5-for-19 (26 percent) from outside and 10-of-16 (62 percent) from the free throw line.

The next action for Centenary will be on Friday when it travels to Southeastern Louisiana for a 3 p.m. tip.