Ladies Push Oakland Before Falling 60-49
Saturday, March 8, 2008

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary women’s basketball team fell to top-seeded Oakland in the first round of The Summit League Basketball Championships presented by J.D. Young, 60-49, on Saturday. The Ladies put a scare into the favored Golden Grizzlies, but could not get the shots to fall when they were needed.

Centenary came out with a high-energy zone defense to start the game that gave Oakland problems. The Ladies held the Golden Grizzlies to just 29 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes of play.

The Ladies answered Oakland bucket for bucket in the early going and held a 10-8 advantage after a Bethany Joseph 3-pointer. But, Oakland seemed to solve the Centenary zone with a series of high-low passes in the post and reeled off a 9-0 run with points scored by five different players.

 

Centenary answered immediately with eight consecutive points of its own on three points from Joseph and Ashley Jackson, and a basket by Anne Farrell. The run gave the Ladies the lead at 18-17 with 7:52 to play in the opening half.

 

Three straight missed free throws ended Centenary’s momentum and Oakland ended the half on an 11-2 run as a string of missed shots from the Ladies caused the offense to stall. Centenary ended the half shooting just 32 percent from the floor to go along with 12 turnovers. Oakland held a 28-20 lead at the break.

 

Centenary scored the first five points of the second half on another trey by Joseph and a pair of free throws from Karolina Zaloga to bring the deficit to just three points. However, the Ladies began to tire with just eight players suited out and Oakland began to take advantage with their depth.

 

A 9-3 run put the Golden Grizzlies on top at 37-28 and minutes later a 3-pointer from Jessica Pike gave the top seed its first double digit advantage of the game. The score remained close to a 10-point difference for several possessions before a trifecta by Stacy Farrell pushed Oakland’s hold to 50-36 and the Golden Grizzles cruised from there.

 

Centenary’s Farrell showed why she was named to The Summit League All-Newcomer Team and made a case for why she could have been named Newcomer of the Year. The freshman, playing in her hometown of Tulsa, put on an impressive performance. The 6’2” post player dropped in a game-high 20 points to go with 13 boards for the double double.

 

Joseph connected on four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, while Michelle Hale grabbed an outstanding 10 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.