Ladies' Rally Fall Short
Saturday, December 1, 2007

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Junior Cierra Bush led the Centenary women’s basketball team with a season-high 24 points, but it was not enough as Louisiana-Lafayette hung on for the 78-71 victory on Saturday afternoon at the CenturyTel Center.

After falling down 15-2 early, Centenary (2-5) rattled off a 16-5 run to get the game within two, but continued poor shooting and rebounding put the Ladies deficit to 10 at halftime. Centenary shot 31 percent from the floor and ULL (2-4) was 46 percent from the field, while the Ragin’ Cajuns out rebounded the Ladies 28-14.

Freshman Anne Farrell and Bush paced the Centenary offense with eight points a piece. Leading the Ladies on the rebounds was freshman Sarah Weiler and Bush, who had four.

Centenary’s defense forced ULL to go inside, as the Ragin’ Cajuns were 14-of-30 from the field, but 0-for-2 from long range. The Ladies shooting was 11-of-35 from the floor and 1-of-6 from outside.

The Ladies again were able to climb out of its hole as they got what was once a 15 point ULL lead down to two, thanks to a 15-5 run. Centenary’s shooting in the second period was much improved, as it was 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from outside.

ULL continued to clean up the glass in the game, out rebounding Centenary 44-35, as Sonora Edwards had a team-high 10. Bush led Centenary with season-best 12 rebounds, while Farrell was second with six.

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense was led by Edwards, who also had a game-high 26 points, while Alicia McDaniel and Whitney Dunlap had 15 and 12 points respectively. Following Bush’s second double-double of the season, was Farrell, who scored 14 points and freshman Ashley Jackson, who chipped in with a career-high 15.

Centenary’s next action will be on Wednesday when it travels down to McNeese State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.