Deep Shot Not There for Ladies
Thursday, December 20, 2007

THIBODAUX, La. – Unfortunately for the Centenary women’s basketball team the 3-point field goal was not falling, as it shot just 1-of-11 from outside. The Ladies were defeated by Nicholls State on Thursday evening, 86-54, in the Stopher Gym.   


Centenary was able to keep the game close during the opening minutes, but a 16-4 run by
Nicholls pushed the deficit to 14. The Ladies were not able to get shots to fall during the Colonels runs, as Centenary was held without a bucket for over six minutes.


The Ladies’ ice cold shooting was finally heated up by freshman Anne Farrell, who scored two of her 12 first half points to kill NSU’s run. Farrell’s points started a 7-0 run for Centenary, as it was able to slowly chop what was once a 20-point NSU lead down to 13.


For the half, Centenary shot 41 percent (12-of-29) from the field, but was unable to connect on any of its 3-point (0-for-3) tries. Nicholls, meanwhile, could not be stopped, shooting 57 percent (22-for-38) from the field, but only 28 percent (2-of-7) from outside.


“I am very disappointed with the way we played,” said head coach Steve Curtis. “It was tough to come out of exams and start playing, but that is no excuse and we just need to play better against Sam Houston State.”


The Ladies and Colonels swapped buckets to open the second period, as Centenary was outscored by just a point in the first four minutes. However, a 19-6 run by NSU and outstanding rebounding pushed its lead up to 31.


After great play in the first half, Farrell was held without a shot, but helping the Centenary offense were freshmen Ashley Jackson and Sarah Weiler, who scored 13 and 12 points respectively. The 12 points by Weiler were a career-high, as she also was an unbelievable 8-of-8 from the free throw line.


For the game, Centenary shot 21-of-57 from the field and 11-for-16 from the charity stripe, while Nicholls was 37-of-68 from the floor, 4-for-13 from outside and 8-of-12 from long range.


“This might be the worst game I’ve seen out of our team since I’ve been here,” Curtis stated. “Offensively we played alright tonight, but defensively we let a team score that doesn’t score a lot, and we can’t have that.”


Centenary will now have 11 days off before it plays Sam Houston State in the Gold Dome on New Year’s Eve at 2 p.m.