Second Half Turnovers Prove Costly for Ladies
Saturday, January 19, 2008


SHREVEPORT – Freshman Anne Farrell scored a team-high 18 points, which was her eighth time scoring in double digits, but in the end it was not enough as the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to IUPUI, 59-45, on Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome. 


After falling down early in the first period, 9-4, Centenary (3-13, 0-6 Summit League) stayed strong and was able to compose itself to tie the game at nine. The Ladies found their stroke midway through the half and was able to grab a lead.


However, with nine minutes remaining in the stanza, Centenary went cold and was unable to hit a bucket for nearly seven minutes. The defensive, meanwhile, stayed strong and limited the Jaguars to just nine points during the same span.


Leading the Centenary during the first half was Farrell, who had eight points, while her classmate Ashley Jackson followed up with six. IUPUI was led by reining conference Defensive Player of the Year Jernisha Cann and Nicole James, who had 10 points apiece.


In the second half, Centenary’s downfall continued to be turnovers as it committed six during the opening minutes, but its defense did not waiver. The Ladies defense held IUPUI (7-11, 2-4 Summit League) to 28 percent shooting early in the second period, while it also forced the Jags into seven turnovers.


As the second 20 minutes moved on, IUPUI limited its mistakes and was able to capitalize on Centenary’s, by scoring 27 points off of the miscues. The Jaguars were also able to beat Centenary in the paint, as they outscored the Ladies, 24-18.


For the game, Centenary shot 41 percent from the field, 16 percent from outside and just made 5-of-7 from the free throw line. IUPUI shot 18-of-49 (36 percent) from the floor, 2-of-6 (33 percent) from outside and was 21-for-30 (70 percent) from the charity stripe.


Individually for the Jags, they were led by Cann, who scored a game-high 21 points, while James and Christin Cunningham had 14 and 11 points respectively. Behind Farrell’s double figures was Jackson, who had nine, while sophomore Bethany Joseph and junior Karolina Zaloga had six each. 


The Ladies will be back in action on Monday when they welcome Western Illinois to town for a 7 p.m. tip-off.