Ladies Basketball Finds Magic Formula
Saturday, February 23, 2008

SHREVEPORT – With a season-low 11 turnovers, the Centenary women’s basketball team found its gold at the end of the rainbow with a, 58-52, win over Southern Utah on Saturday in Summit League action.


Centenary started slow, as it found itself down 20-10 with six minutes left in the first half. However, the Ladies found their magic and ended the first period on a 16-5 run and went into the locker room with a one point advantage.


This season, Centenary is now 4-1 when it has the lead at halftime, with the only loss coming at Southeastern Louisiana back on Nov. 24.


Both teams in the first 20 minutes did not shoot very well, as the Ladies were 7-of-29 from the field, while SUU was 7-for-28. Leading the way for Centenary at the break was freshman Ashley Jackson, who scored eight points, while sophomore Leslie Forest pulled down five rebounds.


Starting the second stanza, Centenary went on an 8-2 that was sparked by junior Karolina Zaloga, who finished the night with nine points and five assists.


Southern Utah, meanwhile, continued to play the game tight and did not allow Centenary pull away. The Thunderbirds got the game down to one with just under two minutes left in the game, but couldn’t get any closer.


Fate proved to be on the Ladies side, as they ended the game on a 6-0 run, after freshman Anne Farrell put in two of her game-high 16 points on a pair of free throws with eight seconds left.


For the game, Centenary shot 31 percent (17-of-54) from the floor, 8 percent (1-for-12) from outside, but an outstanding 23-of-25 from the charity stripe. SUU shot a chilly 26 percent (15-for-56) from the field, 27 percent (5-of-28) from long range and 17-of-25 from the free throw line (68 percent).


Individually, Jackson ended her evening with 14 points and eight rebounds. On the defense side of the floor Farrell had a game-high nine rebounds, while Forest also grabbed seven boards.


For Southern Utah, Erin Heuett and Anne Westwood scored a team-high 11 points, while Aubrey Mackintosh chipped in with 10. Heuett also had a team-high eight rebounds.


The next action for Centenary will be on Monday night, when it welcomes UMKC to town for a 7 p.m. tip-off.