Joseph Ties School Record For 3-Pointers Made
Monday, December 31, 2007

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team will have a much better New Year’s Eve celebration after its 74-62 win over Sam Houston State on Monday afternoon in the Gold Dome.


Sophomore Bethany Joseph got the party started when she scored a career-high 26 points and tied the school record with six 3-point field goals made. However, the New Iberia, La., native had some help on the offensive end of the floor, as freshman Ashley Jackson had 18 points. Jackson’s offensive output tied her previous best, while the former Loyola College Prep standout also pulled down career-best 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.


However, it was not all rainbows and butterflies for the Ladies, as the Bearkats jumped out to a six point lead during the early goings, but after a Kristin Ford turnover, sophomore Monique Jefferson put Centenary up for good when she hit lay-up.


Right before the break, the Ladies were able to go on a 9-2 run and extended their lead to 16. During the first half Centenary made 12-of-30 from the field, while nailing 5-of-10 from outside and out rebounded Sam Houston 27-26, as it held a 38-22 lead.


After nearly 11 minutes of domination to open the second half, Centenary snagged a 27 point lead and seemingly had the game in hand. However, that’s when the Bearkats went on a 30-11 run to cut the Ladies lead down to eight with 35 seconds left.


Brittany Brooks nearly led the improbable comeback, as she jump started the anemic SHSU offense by scoring 18 points in the final nine minutes.  However, the difference during the final moments was Centenary’s free throw shooting, as it converted 9-of-10. Joseph put the nail in the coffin, by sinking four free throws in 25 seconds.


Freshmen Anne Farrell and Sarah Weiler played lights out on defense, as they collected a career-high 14 and nine rebounds respectively to help win the rebounding battle for Centenary, 55-48.


The Ladies shot 38 percent for the game from the field, 53 percent from outside and 71 percent from the charity stripe. Sam Houston made 27 percent of its shots from the field, was 22 percent from deep and 73 percent from the free throw line.


Centenary will jump back into Summit League play on Saturday afternoon, as it will host Oral Roberts at 3 p.m.