Ladies Come Up Short on Friday
Friday, November 21, 2008

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Late game heroics were not to be for the Centenary women’s basketball team, as it fell 83-80 to Sam Houston State on Friday night at the Johnson Coliseum. Senior Karolina Zaloga had a chance to force overtime, but her 3-point field goal with four seconds remaining hit the front of the rim and bounced out of bounds. 

The Ladies (0-3) played outstanding basketball in the early going, shooting a blistering 60 percent. However, turnovers showed their ugly head, as Centenary had 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Defensively, the Ladies played outstanding, forcing SHSU (1-2) to just 29 percent (9-of-31) from the field. Centenary also blocked out, grabbing 31 rebounds, while holding the Bearkats to just 15.

Senior Cierra Bush led the way for the Ladies with 12 points, while freshman Anne Farrell pulled down 12 rebounds. Leading the way for SHSU during the first half was Britni Martin, who had seven points. 

Centenary had the lead for nearly the entire game, until all-Southland Conference honoree Lydia Gonzales' two free throws put the Bearkats up. However, it didn’t last as freshman Chelsea Johnson’s lay-up with a 1:27 on the clock gave the Ladies a short-lived lead.

One of the biggest stats for SHSU was scoring 21 points off of Centenary’s miscues, while also finding paydirt from inside the paint, scoring 28 points. The Ladies bench, meanwhile, scored 12 points and held SHSU to just nine.

Overall, Bush led the Ladies with 19 points, while Farrell had 15 points and 14 rebounds for her third career double-double. Also scoring in double digits for Centenary was junior Bethany Joseph, who had 15 points. Rounding out the Ladies scoring was Zaloga and Johnson, who each had 10.

Centenary will be back in action on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette. The game can be heard on www.GoCentenary.com.