Underclassmen Lead Ladies Offense in Conference Opener
Saturday, December 8, 2007

SHREVEPORT – Playing without its leading scorer, the Centenary women’s basketball team was again led by underclassmen. Freshman Ashley Jackson scored a career-high 18 points, but it was not enough as the Ladies fell to Summit League foe North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon, 78-73, in the Gold Dome.


After keeping the game close in the early goings, Centenary (2-7, 0-1 Summit League) found themselves down by 15 with seven and half remaining. However, that’s when the Ladies offense kicked into high gear and rattled off a 10-4 run to cut down to eight with 3:43 left in the first half.


Unfortunately, Centenary could not keep the momentum after NDSU (3-4, 1-0 Summit League) called a timeout, and the Bison then went on a 12-2 run to take the 46-28 lead into the locker room.


Centenary could not get the shots to drop as it was 10-of-26 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range, but was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. North Dakota State, meanwhile, shot 43 percent (19-of-44) from the field, 35 percent (5-for-14) from deep and 100 percent (3-for-3) from the free throw line.    


Though it was not one of the pretty ways to make a run, Centenary went on a 20-13 run to open the second half. The Ladies continued to chop down the NDSU lead, as they were able to get the Bison lead down into the single digits several times, but could not close the gap.


The Centenary defense played well in the second stanza, as it held NDSU to 29 percent shooting in the half. The Ladies also held the Bison to only one converted three point-field goal.


Centenary’s offense in the second half was nearly lights out, shooting 48 percent from the field and 60 percent from outside. However, it was not all perfect for the Ladies as they were out rebounded 42-39.


Statistically for the game, NDSU’s Brenda Slyt led the way with 21 points, while the Ladies were led by Jackson’s 18 points. Following Jackson was sophomore Monique Jefferson, who scored 16, while junior Karolina Zaloga and freshman Anne Farrell had 15 and 10 respectively.


The Ladies will be back in the Gold Dome on Monday when they play host to conference newbie South Dakota State at 7 p.m.