Offense Plays Well, but Turnovers Haunt Ladies
Saturday, February 9, 2008

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary offense finally played well on Saturday afternoon against Oakland in Summit League action, but in the end it wasn’t enough, as the Ladies fell to the Golden Grizzlies, 72-55, in the Gold Dome. 


After being run out of the gym in Rochester, Centenary slowed the pace down this time and hung tight with Oakland. The Ladies defense held the Golden Grizzlies to just 40 percent (12-of-30) shooting, while Centenary nailed 43 percent (10-of-23) of its shots in the first half.


Oakland jumped out to a five-point lead, but Centenary was able to battle back and grab a three-point advantage thanks to a 9-3 run. However, the Ladies cooled off just a bit and the Golden Grizzlies heated up and went on an 18-6 run to end the first period.


Leading Centenary in the first stanza was freshman Ashley Jackson, who scored seven points. The Ladies also rebounded well in the first half, as Jackson had five of the 16 boards.  


The Ladies downfall in the opening 20 minutes was their turnovers, as they committed 13 and Oakland was able to turn those into 14 points. Centenary, meanwhile, played strong down low scoring 12 points in the paint.


To open the second period, Centenary went basket-for-basket with Oakland, but the Ladies could not separate themselves and make a run. Centenary continued to shoot well, nailing 53 percent of its shot midway through the period, while Oakland hit 52 percent.


However, Centenary’s offense cooled as the half went on, shooting 44 percent for the game. The Ladies outside shooting did improve from their last game at Oral Roberts, as they hit 4-of-9.


Centenary was led by a trio players, sophomore Bethany Joseph had a team-high 16 points, while freshman Anne Farrell had her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Her classmate Ashley Jackson followed up 11 points and eight rebounds.


The Golden Grizzlies, meanwhile, shot 45 percent for the game and 27 percent from outside. Oakland’s offense was sparked by Hanna Reising and Jessica Pike, who scored 18 each, while Melissa Jeltema put in 11.


Centenary’s next action will be on Monday when IPFW comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip-off.