Second Half Shooting Hampers Ladies
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Senior Cierra Bush scored a game-high 16 points, but the Centenary women’s basketball team shot just 4-of-22 from the field in the second half and overall it had 27 turnovers in the 76-60 loss to I-20 rival Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome.


The Ladies (0-2) opened up the game with a 5-1 lead, thanks in part to a pair of turnovers by ULM’s Lottie Moore. However, just as quick as Centenary jumped out to a lead, the Warhawks (1-1) answered back with a 12-2 run to grab a short lived lead of their own.


Sophomore Jasmine Bothwell sparked another run for the Ladies, as she hit two free throws to end ULM’s run. One half of the super sophomore’s, Ashley Jackson tied the game at 13 on a layup about a minute later, but the Ladies could not go any further on their run.


With five minutes remaining Centenary was down by 14, but slowly the Ladies clawed their way back into the contest after the other half of the super sophomore’s, Anne Farrell ignited a 17-8 run to bring the maroon and white within five at the break (38-33). 


Unlike most runs that cool off at halftime, the Ladies’ run did not stop, as they pushed to grab a 41-40 lead. To start the second 20 minutes, Farrell scored three points and pulled down three rebounds.


What seemed to be a reoccurring nightmare for Centenary was the Warhawks’s ability to answer back. ULM was able to pull away midway through the period, as it went on a 25-7 run, as it had just one turnover during that stretch of play.


However, the hole was too big for the Ladies to climb out of, as senior Karolina Zaloga’s free throw shot at 1:59 was their last bucket.


Overall, ULM scored 38 points off of Centenary’s turnovers and the Warhawks also followed with 28 second chance points. ULM’s bench nearly doubled the Ladies reserves in points, as the Warhawks scored 40.


Offensively for Centenary, Farrell scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Jackson rounded out the double figure scoring with 12. The Shreveport native also nabbed seven boards.


The Ladies will try to bounce back on Friday when they travel to southeast Texas to play Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.