Tide Break Ladies Hearts in Tuscaloosa
Friday, November 14, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore Anne Farrell scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Centenary women’s basketball team, while freshman Chelsea Johnson poured in a team-high 12 points on Friday night. However, it wasn’t enough for the Ladies, as they fell 64-55 to Alabama.


Though Centenary (0-1) only connected on 9-of-26 from the field during the opening period, it hung tough with Alabama. The Ladies forced the Crimson Tide into 10 first half turnovers and turned those into six points.


Alabama’s (1-0) offense, meanwhile, did have the shooters touch, as it was 15-of-33 and 5-of-13 from outside. The Crimson Tide was led by Katie Hancock and Alyson Butler, who each had eight points.

In the second 20 minutes, Centenary used defense to stay in the game, forcing Alabama into nine turnovers and scoring six points off of the miscues. The Ladies also got a hand in the face of the Crimson Tide shooters, as Centenary held Bama to 10-of-37 shooting.

Centenary was also able score on second chance opportunities, as they hit 13 points after a missed shot. The Ladies though still could not find the magic touch, as they were just 8-of-34 from the field.

With just under two and a half minutes remaining in the game, Centenary had a chance to tie it up on a senior Karolina Zaloga 3-point shot. However, her shot rimmed out and Alabama was able to grab the rebound and win.

“I am proud of the team’s effort tonight. They played hard and had a good defensive effort, which kept us close, but I didn’t come over here to stay close,” said head Steve Curtis. “The biggest thing for us; was we shot 28 percent and had a chance to win. We had our chances late, but just couldn’t pull it out.”

The Ladies will try to bounce back on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they host I-20 rival Louisiana-Monroe in the newly renovated Gold Dome. The game can also be heard on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.