Farrell, Zaloga, and Bush Lead Ladies Offense in Loss to McNeese
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Freshman Michelle Hale was the unlikely hero in overtime, as she scored 10 of the Centenary women’s basketball team’s 18 points. However, in the end it was not enough, as the Ladies fell to McNeese State in double overtime, 81-79, on Wednesday night at the Burton Coliseum.   


Domination down low was Centenary’s (2-6) forte in the first half as freshman forward Anne Farrell scored 11 points and pulled down six boards. The Ladies also outscored McNeese State (2-8) down low, 14-12.


Centenary’s defense played well in the first 20 minutes, as it held the Cowgirls to 12-of-41 shooting. The offense also came to play in the period, as they shot 40 percent (11-for-27) from the field, but was just 1-of-7 from outside.


Helping Farrell out on the offensive side of the floor was junior Karolina Zaloga, who scored eight points after shooting 4-of-6. Leading McNeese’s offense was Brittany Boone, who scored 14 points.


In then opening minutes of the second half, McNeese opened with an 8-0 run to go up by 11. However, that’s when junior Cierra Bush woke the Centenary offense up with a three-point bucket to kill the Cowgirls run.


The second half defense continued to play well for Centenary, holding McNeese to 12-of-30 shooting from the floor. The Ladies offense along with the defense also improved as they shot 43 percent from the floor.


The Ladies led by four points with three minutes to play after a jumper by Bush. But four straight points from Courtnee’ Hollins of McNeese State gave the Cowgirls the advantage until Farrell’s bucket with 19 seconds left sent the game into overtime.


Hale kept the Ladies in the game in the first overtime, connecting on 3-of-5 shots from the field, including a three-pointer, and went a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Centenary again led in the final seconds but could not hold on as Brittany Boone of MSU sank a shot with nine seconds left to force a second overtime.


The Ladies overcame a seven-point deficit with an 8-0 run behind four points each from Farrell and Zaloga in the final overtime to move ahead 79-78 with 1:02 remaining. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as Conceita Cutrer’s jumper with 29 seconds left handed Centenary the loss.


Farrell finished with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Ladies. Zaloga also logged a career-best 20 points, 10 assists, and six boards to go with Bush’s effort of 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists before leaving the game with an injury at the end of regulation.


The Ladies will look for better luck on Saturday when they host North Dakota State in their Summit League opener at 3 p.m. at the Gold Dome.