Inability to Rebound Hurts Ladies
Saturday, December 13, 2008

GRAMBLING, La. – 22 offensive rebounds and 24 second chance points led to Centenary’s 77-63 non-conference loss to Grambling State on Saturday afternoon. 


A 26-9 run in the last seven minutes by Grambling put Centenary in a 44-25 halftime hole. The Tigers also dominated second chance points and they also made the Ladies pay for their turnovers.  Grambling scored 19 points off of 13 turnovers, while scoring 13 second chance points.


Grambling doubled Centenary in shooting as well; the Ladies were 9-of-21, while the Tigers were 19-of-44. Leading the way for Grambling was Bre’Anna Johnson, who scored 14 first period points, while senior Karolina Zaloga topped Centenary with five points.


The Ladies got the game within two (18-16) at 7:32 after sophomore Sarah Weiler hit a bucket, but Grambling answered back with a 12-2 run. However, Centenary got its offense to click and its deficit down to eight at 3:03 on a junior Bethany Joseph 3-point field goal, but a 14-3 run by Grambling put the Tigers up by 19 at halftime.


The Ladies showed some signs of life in the second half when freshman Chelsea Johnson sparked a 7-1 run with five points. Centenary got it under 20 after Zaloga scored three of her team-high 10 points at 12:58.


However, the Ladies couldn’t get any closer until the final 2:39 when they went on a 7-0 after another Weiler layup. Centenary was able to get the game to 14 after junior Michaela Berg hit a 3-point field goal with 21 seconds left.


Following Zaloga was freshman Chelsea Johnson, who scored nine points, while Weiler added eight. For Grambling, Johnson scored a game-best 16 points and Rachele Dobbins tacked on 13.


The next action for Centenary will be Saturday against Louisiana State at 12 p.m. in the Gold Dome and the game can be heard on