Alberson Scores 20 In Ladies Win
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Freshman Beth Alberson scored a career-high 20 points in the Centenary women’s basketball teams, 74-63, non-conference victory over Nicholls State on Monday night.


It took a while for the Ladies to get started, but after grabbing an 8-5 lead on a basket by senior Karolina Zaloga, Centenary never looked back. Later in the first half the Ladies went on a 10-4 run to take a commanding 15 point halftime lead.


During the first half Centenary used great shooting (18-of-37) and outstanding defense to help itself take the lead. The Ladies forced 12 turnovers and out rebounded the Colonels 25-18, while also picking up three steals.


The sharp shooting was led by Alberson, who was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, while the defense was led by junior Leslie Forest and senior Cierra Bush, who each had four rebounds.


An early 14-5 run in the second period helped give the Ladies a 17 point advantage, but a four minute cold spell let Nicholls get within six with 3:37 left. However, the offense was kick started again and Centenary held NSU to just two points in the final three and a half minutes.


The only two tallies scored by the Colonels was on a pair of free throws by Danielle Douglas with 45 seconds left. In the final few minutes for the Ladies, junior Bethany Joseph scored four points and also pulled down two rebounds. 


The Ladies did hold the slight rebounding edge and were rewarded for their efforts on the glass, as they scored 17 second chance points. Centenary’s bench was also in fire, as it was led by Alberson’s aforementioned 20 points, while Joseph added on 12.


Also scoring in double figures for the Ladies was sophomore Anne Farrell, who tacked on 16 points. The Tulsa, Okla., native also pulled down seven rebounds to tie Forest for the team-high, while Jasmine Hoskins of NSU had a game-best 10 boards.  


Up next for Centenary will be a trip east on I-20 to Grambling State for the first time in 27 years. The Ladies and Tigers battle can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and