Fun and Gun Offense Too Much for Ladies
Monday, January 14, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Centenary women’s basketball team could not contain the up and down play of Oakland’s offense on Monday night at the O’Rena. The Golden Grizzlies were victorious over the Ladies, 93-43, in Summit League play. 


On its first nine possessions Centenary’s offense played a way it could not, shooting 0-for-5 from the field with four turnovers. The Ladies defense also had a hard time containing the fast paced Oakland offense, as it opened up on fire, shooting 7-for-11.


Centenary was finally able to find the bottom of the bucket with 9:58 left, as junior Karolina Zaloga nailed a pair of free throws to end the scoreless streak. Zaloga would again answer the call again, as she scored the first field goal of the half for Centenary with a little more than six minutes remaining.


One of the few bright spot for Centenary during the half came from sophomore Bethany Joseph, who has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 13 of her 15 games played. Leading the Ladies at the break was Zaloga, who had seven points.


Top open the second half Centenary looked as though it could possibly turn the corner on offense. The Ladies scored five points in just over 30 seconds of play, however the defense still could stay with the Golden Grizzly offense. Oakland’s high-octane offense continued to drive past Centenary, scoring 49 points in the half.


The Grizzlies were all over the floor, as they scored 14 fast break points, 17-second chance points, 28 points off of turnovers and 30 points in the paint. The Ladies, meanwhile, combined to score just 20 points in the four categories.


Individually for Centenary it was led by Zaloga, who scored 13 points, while freshman Anne Farrell followed up with eight. For Oakland it had three in double figures, led by Jessica Pike, who had 20, while Melissa Jeltema and Hanna Reising had 18 and 16 points respectively. 


Centenary will return home to the cozy comforts of the Gold Dome on Saturday when it plays host to IUPUI at 3 p.m.