Ladies Can't Find Offense in South Dakota
Saturday, March 1, 2008

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Unable to find an offensive rhythm on Saturday night, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to South Dakota State, 105-47, in Summit League play at the Frost Arena.

Opening the game down 10-0 is not an easy hole to climb out of, but for about two minutes Centenary looked as though it could. Sophomore Bethany Joseph sparked a small but useful 9-6 run for the Ladies, which cut SDSU’s lead down to five.

However, Centenary couldn’t get any closer, scoring only four points in a 9-minute span midway through the period. During that time the Jackrabbits used their opportunities and extended the lead to, 41-15.

In the first stanza, Centenary’s shooting was as cold as the South Dakota temperature, shooting 34 percent. However, SDSU was on fire from the floor, hitting 20-of-30 and 7-of-11 from outside.

Leading the Ladies during the first half was freshman Anne Farrell, who scored six points, while SDSU’s Maria Boever led all scores with 10. Farrell and Joseph also led Centenary with two rebounds and Boever led her Jackrabbits with four.

Centenary still did not have an answer for the Jackrabbits blistering 3-point shot during the second 20 minutes, as they were 11-of-24. The Ladies were just 4-for-12 from beyond the arc, led junior Karolina Zaloga, who had two.

To put the icing on the cake, SDSU ended the game on 46-18 run, which gave the Ladies their worse loss this season. Centenary was unable to get its deficit down any further than 29 points, as Farrell hit the back end of two free throws.

For the game, Centenary was 18-for-49 from the field and 7-of-12 from the free throw line. The Jackrabbits could not be stopped, as they shot 59 percent (38-for-64) from the floor and were 81 percent (18-of-22) from the charity stripe.

In the battle for top freshmen, Kristin Rotert won the battle over Farrell and Ashley Jackson. Rotert scored 14 points off the bench, while Farrell finished with 11 and Jackson ended her night with four points.

Individually, Centenary was led by Zaloga, who had 13 points and three assists, which now puts her just six away from the top 10 all-time. Her 105 assists this year ranks fourth in a season with the Ladies.

The Ladies will now take a trip up north to North Dakota State on Monday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.