Rebounds Difference in Ladies Loss to 'Roos
Saturday, January 26, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The defensive effort in the second half improved for the Centenary women’s basketball, but rebounds were the difference on Saturday afternoon against UMKC. The Ladies fell to the Kangaroos in Summit League action 57-46 in Kemper Arena.


Playing good offense most of the season has been Centenary’s forte, but for the second time in as many games shots were not falling. In the first half, the Ladies shot less than stellar, connecting on 7-of-31. UMKC (8-10,2-6 The Summit League), meanwhile, started a little chilly, but ended the half on fire (17-for-34).


Having the height advantage over the Kangaroos, Centenary (3-15, 0-8 The Summit League) went down low, but the post combination of Anne Farrell, Ashley Jackson and Leslie Forest shot just 3-of-13. Junior Karolina Zaloga led the Ladies offense with six points through the first 20 minutes. 


Though it did get out rebounded, Centenary still managed to create second chances for itself. The Ladies had six offensive boards, which helped give them 10 points in the paint, while the defense held the ‘Roos to just five offensive rebounds.


The second period belonged to Centenary, as it opened on a 16-5 run and was able to  chop a 20-point lead to half. The Ladies held UMKC to 15 percent shooting (2-of-13), while Centenary’s offense improved, hitting 6-of-16 to open the half.


However, as the half went on Centenary could not continue its magic, as it had problems on the free throw line, shooting 11-of-20 for the game. Helping the Kangaroos offense was their second chance shots, as they out rebounded the Ladies, 55-46.


Leading the Ladies offense was Jackson, who scored 17 points, while Zaloga followed with 11. UMKC’s offense was headed by Chazny Morris, who had a game-high 22 points, while Alysa Klein had 19 and a game-high 14 rebounds.


The Ladies will try to bounce back on Monday when they travel to Southern Utah for a 7 p.m. tip-off.