Ladies Turn Ball Over Too Much on Saturday
Saturday, January 5, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Despite getting good shooting, the Centenary women’s basketball team was unable to stay away from the turnover bug. The Ladies committed 25 turnovers in the 77-57 loss to Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome.


During the opening moments of the game, Centenary’s (3-10, 0-3 Summit League) offense could not figure out the ORU 2-3 Zone, which resulted into 12 turnovers. The Golden Eagles (9-5, 3-0 Summit League), meanwhile, were on the other end of the spectrum, as they committed just three turnovers in the entire first 20 minutes.  


However, Centenary figured the zone out and had just six turnovers of the rest of the half and were able to get points on the board, trailing 41-28. The Ladies shot 11-of-20 from the field and 4-of-8 from outside, while ORU was 16-of-31 from the field and 2-for-3 from deep.


Sophomore Bethany Joseph kept her hot hand from Monday, as she had 11 points and was 3-of-5 from long range. The Golden Eagles were led by Jenny Hardin, who had 15 and was 7-of-9 from the field.  


To start the second half, Centenary trailed by 11, but just as quickly ORU regained some of its momentum and went on a 6-0 run to get the lead back to 17. Just as quick though, the Ladies went on their own 6-0 run and got their deficit down to nine with nine minutes remaining.


Centenary though could not get any closer, as ORU went a 13-2 run to kill any hopes the Ladies had of getting back into the contest. During the Golden Eagles run their defense held Centenary without a bucket for almost five minutes before. The Ladies finally killed their scoring drought when they got a lay-up by freshman Michelle Hale.


For the game, Centenary was led by Joseph, who had a team-high 19 points, while she was followed up by Hale’s career-high 11 points. ORU was led by Hardin, who had a game-high 21 points, Mariana Camargo was second with 19, while Rachel Watman and Janae Voelker rounded out the double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. 


The next action for Centenary will be next Saturday when it travels conference newcomer IPFW.