Tigers Too Much for Ladies
Saturday, December 20, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Sophomore Jasmine Bothwell scored a team-high seven points, while junior Leslie Forest pulled down a game-best seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Centenary women’s basketball team, as it fell to Louisiana State, 74-31, on Saturday afternoon.


LSU (5-3) opened the game with a 13 point lead, but the Ladies slowly climbed back into the contest thanks in part to a 7-2 run. The run for Centenary (2-9) was started by sophomore Ashley Jackson, who hit the team’s second field goal at 10:21. The Ladies short spurt was capped off when freshman Beth Alberson banked in a 3-point field goal as the shot clock was expiring.


However, that was as close as Centenary would get, as the Tigers went on a 20-4 run to close the half. During LSU’s run the Ladies turned the ball over five times and went seven minutes without hitting a field goal, until sophomore Anne Farrell scored with 43 seconds remaining (43-18).


Centenary just couldn’t heat up in the second half, as LSU opened the period on a 7-0 run. The run was finally stopped by freshman Chelsea Johnson, who hit a 3-pointer at 16:56. The Ladies stayed stuck on 21 for nearly four minutes until Bothwell scored on a bunny.


Late in the final period both teams started trading baskets, as Centenary scored eight points on four field goals, while LSU hit six buckets. During that time the Ladies were led by Farrell, who scored four points, while Swayze Black of LSU also scored four.  


For the game Centenary was 11-of-44 from the field and 3-of-15 from outside. LSU, meanwhile, was 31-of-57 and 8-of-15 from long range. The Tigers also held the advantage in rebounding as well, pulling down 37, while Centenary grabbed 23.


Individually for the Ladies, Farrell scored six points, while senior Karolina Zaloga chipped in with four. For LSU, Andrea Kelly scored a game-high 15 and was followed by three others in double figures.


Up next for Centenary will be a match-up at home with McNeese State on Dec. 29 at 12 p.m. The game will not be broadcast on the radio, but can be viewed on www.GoCentenary.com.