Bush's Block Preserves Victory for Ladies
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

SHREVEPORT – Sophomore Monique Jefferson’s shot in the paint with eight seconds left gave the Centenary women’s basketball team a 62-61 win over Northwestern State on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome. However, it was junior Cierra Bush that helped win the game when she blocked what potentially could have been the game-winning shot at the buzzer.


Defense was again the story of the game for Centenary (2-4), as it held NSU to 0-for-12 from 3-point range for the games first 20 minutes. The Ladies also out rebound the Lady Demons 28-17 in the first period, as Centenary was led by sophomore Leslie Forest, who came off the bench to grabbed nine.


Offensively the game was not as spectacular, as the Ladies shot 38 percent (10-of-26) from the field, while NSU (3-4) shot 23 percent (8-for-34). Leading Centenary offensive charge was Bush, who scored seven points, while the Lady Demons were led by Courtney Shead, who also had seven.


Helping the Centenary offense was its free throw shooting, as it was 10-of-16 from the charity stripe. The Lady Demons meanwhile were just able to get to the free throw four times and hit three in the opening period.  


“Saturday’s game against Southeastern went against us, but tonight went for us,” said head coach Steve Curtis. “I don’t think the game should have ever come to the thrilling end, but it did and we’ll take the win. We need to learn to finish, because we had the lead up to 12 with Bethany Joseph’s 3-point shot with three minutes left in the game.”


The 3-point shooting woes continued in the second half for NSU, but it was the inside shooting that helped the Lady Demons keep the game close. NSU shot just over 40 percent from the field, while Centenary’s field goal shooting dipped down to 34.


The biggest story of the night was NSU’s 0-for-18 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, and Centenary dominance on the boards. The Ladies grabbed 50 rebounds, while holding the Lady Demons to 39.


“The coaches and I stressed their 3-point shooting,” said Curtis. “We defended well and we contested a lot of their shots. Our team is long and athletic, and we have the ability to defend teams that want to shoot from outside.”


Individually for Centenary, it was led by Bush, who scored 20 points, while Joseph added 10. Cleaning up the glass for the Ladies was Forest and freshman Anne Farrell, who pulled down 13 and 10 rebounds respectively.


Centenary’s next action will be on Saturday when it plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. in the CentryTel Center.