Late Three-Point Shot Dagger in Ladies Heart
Saturday, November 24, 2007

HAMMOND, La. – Sophomore Bethany Joseph’s 3-point field goal with 27 seconds left in the game gave the Centenary women’s basketball team the one point lead, but with five ticks left Southeastern Louisiana’s Brooke Necaise gave the Lady Lions the 61-59 win on Saturday afternoon.

Playing like a team that it is capable of being, Centenary (1-4) shot the ball well and was able to hold on to the ball during the first 20 minutes. The Ladies lost the ball just seven times and shot over 40 percent from the field and outside. However, the one thing that stuck out for Centenary was the rebounds, as it was beaten 19-14 by Southeastern (3-2).

Coming off the bench in the first stanza to help lead Centenary was Joseph, who scored nine points. Fellow classmate Monique Jefferson was right behind Joseph, who scored six points and gave three assists.

Centenary’s defense was able to keep SLU from shooting outside, as it was just 1-for-2. The Ladies held SLU to an 11-for-27 shooting performance from the field, while also forcing them into nine turnovers.

After the break, Centenary still was unable to clean up the glass, losing the rebound battle, 27-13. However, the Ladies continued to shoot well and keep possession in the second half, as Centenary lost the ball just four times, while forcing SLU into six turnovers.

For the game Centenary shot 45 percent (25-of-55) from the field and 41 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Ladies defense played even bigger in the half holding SLU to 39 percent (25-of-63) from the field.

Individually for Centenary, it was led by Joseph and her season-best 15 points, while fellow sophomore Leslie Forest finished second with a career-high nine points. Freshman Sarah Weiler pulled down a career-best five rebounds, while junior Cierra Bush also grabbed five boards.

Centenary will now return home to play Northwestern State on Tuesday in the Gold Dome, with tip-off slated to begin at 5 p.m.