Free Throw's Difference on Thursday
Thursday, December 4, 2008

BROOKINGS, SD. – Free throws made the biggest difference in Centenary’s 63-41 loss to South Dakota State in Thursday night’s Summit League opener. The Jackrabbits shot 34 free throws, while the Ladies visited the line just 12 times.  

SDSU, who was playing its first game since a trip to Cancun over Thanksgiving, looked as though it was still pouring sand out of their flip-flops early. In the first four minutes the Centenary defense held the Jackrabbits to 0-of-5 from the field. 

However, it wasn’t much easier for the Ladies, who had 13-hour travel day to South Dakota on Wednesday. Centenary’s offense couldn’t click, shooting 1-of-6 from the field, with sophomore Ashley Jackson scoring the games first field goal.

Like the chilly South Dakota air, the Ladies could just not heat up, hitting on just four first half field goals. The Jackrabbits used a 17-4 run after the media timeout at 10:47 to take a 27-10 lead. The 10 first period points was just two shy from Centenary’s lowest point total for a half, which came in 2004 against Valpo. 

When the second half started, SDSU scored four quick points, but the Ladies answered back with a 12-0 run. Centenary’s run was sparked by senior Cierra Bush, who connected on just the team’s second 3-point field goal of the game.

After holding SDSU scoreless for three minutes, the Ladies were able to scratch and claw back into the game by cutting the lead down to nine. But Centenary couldn’t keep the giant sleeping for long, as the Jackrabbits answered back with a 17-6 run, and that took the wind out of the Ladies sail.

The game was also marred in a bit of controversy; late in the second half junior Bethany Joseph stole the ball and raced the length of the floor for a lay-up.  However, the bucket was waved off and SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston was given a technical.  

For the game, Centenary was led by Joseph, who nine points, while SDSU’s Jennifer Warkenthien and Kristin Rotert scored 11 and 10 respectively. Sophomore Anne Farrell grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds, while Warkenthien pulled down 11. 

Centenary will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at North Dakota State, with the broadcast beginning at 1:45 on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.