Ladies Stay Close Early, but Lose Pace Late
Saturday, February 16, 2008

MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois’ 3-point shooting put a dagger in the Centenary women’s basketball heart on Saturday afternoon, as the Ladies fell to the Westernwinds, 67-43, in Summit League action.

The early portion of the game for Centenary was good, as it ran out to a 9-4 lead after five minutes of play. The Ladies also played well on defense, holding Western without a bucket for over five minutes.

However, like most times this season for Centenary, the Westerwinds were able to storm back and tie the game midway through the half. Western used a 7-2 run to tie the game at 11, but just as quick Centenary jumped back out on top.

After freshman Ashley Jackson hit the old fashion 3-point play with 4:30 minutes remaining to tie the game at 18, Western ended the half by going on a 10-1 run. The Ladies lone point came from sophomore Bethany Joseph on the front end of two free throws.

Leading Centenary at the break was Jackson and junior Karolina Zaloga, who scored seven points each. Jackson also was able to crash the boards, as she also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

The second 20 minutes couldn’t start any worse for Centenary, as Western opened up with two straight 3-point field goals to spark a 10-3 run. The Westerwinds in the first half shot 0-for-10 from long range, but started the second stanza 3-of-4.

Centenary’s offense in the second period shot a little better, but not enough to stay on pace with Western’s good shooting. The Ladies shot 9-of-21 from the field, while the Westernwinds hit 12-of-29 from the floor in the second stanza.

For the game, Centenary hit 18-of-56 from the field for 32 percent, while Western nailed 26-of-67 of its shots, good for 38 percent. The biggest thorn for the Ladies was the Westerwinds 3-point shooting, as they hit 7-of-23.

Individually for Centenary it was led by freshman Anne Farrell, who scored a team-high 13 points, while Zaloga added 10. Western was led by Stephanie Lovingood, who scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Amanda Walker followed up with 13 points.

The Ladies next action will be on Monday when they travel over to IUPUI for a 7 p.m. tip.