Turnovers Plagued Ladies on Saturday
Saturday, January 12, 2008

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sophomore Leslie Forest scored a career-high 15 points, but it was not enough as the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to IPFW on Saturday afternoon in the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 80-68.

With turnovers continuing to be a problem for Centenary (3-11, 0-4 Summit League), it must rely on good defense and shooting to keep itself in games. In the first half against IPFW, the Ladies committed 17 turnovers, but held the Mastodons to 38 percent shooting, while Centenary shot 42 percent. The Ladies also were able to out rebound IPFW, 23-18.


Centenary and IPFW (5-10, 3-2 Summit League) exchanged baskets to start the game, but a 7-2 run helped the Mastodons climb to a 20-9 lead. However, the Ladies defense was able to keep IPFW quiet for almost three minutes without a bucket, but was still down 38-26 at the break. 


Leading the Ladies at halftime was Forest and sophomore Monique Jefferson, who had six points each. For the Mastodons, Jordan Zuppe and Tina Moen led the team with 11.


“The first few minutes of the game we didn’t handle the pressure and we let them grab the lead,” said head coach Steve Curtis. “At halftime I told the team that it was a bad half of basketball, but we were only down by 12. In the second half we started executing and grabbed the lead. The difference though was when they missed a three and grabbed an offensive rebound hit the lay-up and went up by four.”


To start the second half, Centenary went a 6-0 run to chop its double-digit deficit down into single numbers. The Ladies offense continued to improve during the period as they took a short lived, 50-47, lead midway through the half.


However, the IPFW crowd woke up the offense and it proceeded to go on a 16-4 run and found itself up by 11 with seven minutes remaining. The Ladies, meanwhile, were not done and got the Mastodon lead down to five with just a few minutes left.


Again the IPFW offense took control went back on another run of 13-6 to ice the game and keep Centenary winless on the road. 


“We did a lot of good things,” said Curtis. “I keep preaching this has to be a 40 minute deal and not 30. We’re young, but that cannot be an excuse anymore. We need to grow up fast if we want to be a force in the Summit League.”


In the second half, Centenary shot a blistering 53 percent and held IPFW to just 35 percent. The difference was the Ladies 1-for-6 shooting from the beyond the arc, while the Mastodons were 8-of-25 from outside.


Individually Centenary, it was led by the aforementioned Forest who 15, while the freshmen Dynamic Duo of Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson followed up with 14 and 13 points respectively.


Johanna Carlisle-Lewis led IPFW with a game-high 22 points, while Zuppe had 19, Moen was next with 13 and Natalie Roberts chipped in with 11 to round out the double figures.


The next action for Centenary will be against Oakland on Monday at 7 p.m.