Shooting Hampers Ladies Against Demons
Monday, December 1, 2008

NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sophomore Ashley Jackson scored a season-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Centenary women’s basketball team, as the Ladies fell to Northwestern State on Monday night, 57-50 in Prather Coliseum.

The first half was a game of missed opportunities, as both Centenary and NSU had chances to take big leads. The Ladies had their largest lead of three, after junior Leslie Forest hit one of her two lay-ups, while the Lady Demons had a lead of five after Anna Cate Williams connected on a 3-point field goal. 

One of the biggest problems for both teams was their missed shots, as Centenary and NSU combined to make just 15 field goals. The Ladies were 7-of-27, while the Lady Demons were 8-of-28.

Through the first 20 minutes, Centenary did clean up the glass, pulling down 21 rebounds, with Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson each grabbing six.

It continued to be a tough day shooting for both teams in the second half, but keeping NSU in the lead for the entire second half was its free throw shooting. The Lady Demons went to the line 27 times, but hit only 17.

The Ladies, meanwhile, normally a good free throw shooting team found it tough to connect at the line. With Centenary trying to bring the game back within one twice, freshman Beth Alberson missed four straight free throws.

With just over a minute remaining in the game, NSU went on a 4-0 run to seal the game, which was started on two free throws by Demetria White, who scored a team-high 15 points.

For the game, Centenary shot 32 percent (17-of-52) from the field, 21 percent (3-of-14) from outside and a dismal 52 percent (13-of-25) from the free throw line. However, NSU wasn’t much better, shooting just 33 percent (16-of-48) from the field, 33 percent (3-of-9) from long range and 62 percent (22-of-35) from the charity stripe.

Behind Jackson in scoring for Centenary was Bush, who scored 10 points, while Karolina Zaloga added seven. Cleaning up the glass for both teams was Farrell and Britany Kinlaw, who 10 and 16 rebounds respectively.

The next action for the Ladies will be Thursday evening at South Dakota State, with the tip-off set to go up at 5 p.m. The game can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.