Ladies Grab Win Over Louisiana
Sunday, November 23, 2008

LAFAYETTE, La. – For the first time in nearly two years the Centenary women’s basketball team was victorious on the road, as the Ladies were winners over of Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon in the Earl K. Long Gym, 75-69.

Fast break points for Louisiana helped pace the Ragin’ Cajuns (0-4) offense, as they had 12 of them. Centenary (1-3), meanwhile, used height to its advantage, scoring 18 points in the piant, with junior Leslie Forest scoring eight first half points.

The biggest difference in the game for ULL was its ability to get to the free throw line. The Ragin’ Cajuns were 14-of-18 from the charity stripe, while the Ladies got to the line just seven times and hit twice.

One of the biggest first half stat differentials was the rebounding by Centenary, as it had 29 rebounds, 13 offensive and 16 defensive. The Ladies were also able to contain ULL’s glass cleaning during the opening 20 minutes, with Ragin’ Cajuns pulling down just 16 boards. 

In the second half the Ladies continued to play outstanding defense, holding the Ragin’ Cajuns to just one made 3-point field goal. Centenary also held ULL to just nine trips to the free throw in the period, as the Ragin’ Cajuns hit just five shots from the line.

The game also had a bit of controversy at the buzzer, Whitney Dunlap missed the tying jumper with a second left, but what to appeared to be late, Alexis Green took the rebound and tied the game at 69 on a bunny.

In the overtime, Centenary’s defense played outstanding, holding ULL to nothing for eight from the field. The Ladies were 2-of-5 from the field, but were a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Leading the Ladies offensive output was freshman Chelsea Johnson, who scored a career-high 17 points, while sophomore Ashley Jackson and senior Karolina Zaloga chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore Anne Farrell nearly had another double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds and scoring nine points.

The next action for Centenary will be a home game against Southeastern Louisiana at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29. The game can be heard on www.GoCentenary.com and KSCL 91.3.