Second Half Shooting Better, but Not Enough
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

FARGO, ND – Things were looking good for the Centenary women’s basketball team early, but North Dakota State’s offense took over midway through the first half. The Ladies were defeated on Monday night, 93-64, in The Summit League regular season finale.

Centenary found paydirt early and often in the first 4 minutes of play, as it was up 7-0. However, NDSU called a timeout and answered the call from legendary head coach Amy Ruley, who announced previously in the day her resignation after 29 seasons.

The Ladies stayed in the lead until half way through the first period when Inger Hodgson nailed a 3-point field to put the Bison up for good. Centenary continued to keep the game close, but an 11-2 run by NDSU put the game out of reach for the Ladies.

Near halftime, NDSU went back on another big run to push its lead up 23 at the break. Centenary shot a disappointing 33 percent from the field, a pretty good 40 percent from beyond the arc and was 88 percent from free throw line.

Leading the Ladies in the first stanza was sophomore Bethany Joseph, who had 12 points, while Anne Farrell and Leslie Forest each added six.

To start the second period, Centenary couldn’t have started any colder than it did, shooting 0-for-10 from the field. The Ladies finally got on the board when Joseph beat the defense on a lay-up, but the deficit was too big to climb out of.

Joseph again answered the call on an old fashion 3-point play, which helped the Ladies go on a 9-0 run. However, before Centenary could blink, NDSU got its lead by over 30 with just over 7:30 minutes remaining.

Individually for the Ladies, they were led by Joseph, who scored a team-high 17 points, while Farrell added 14 and freshman Michelle Hale chipped with 10 off the bench. The Bison were led by Emily Moran, who had a game-high 23 points, while Lisa Bue and Brenda Slyt and Jerri Penley rounded out the double figure scoring.

The action for Centenary will be on Saturday when they play in the first round of the conference tournament against Oakland at noon in Tulsa.