Lead Slips Away From Ladies
Monday, December 29, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Sophomore Ashley Jackson scored and pulled down career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Centenary women’s basketball team, who dropped a 74-72 heartbreaker to McNeese State Monday afternoon.


The Ladies (2-10) stormed out of the gate with a 21-4 lead, as they held the Cowgirls to just one field goal in the first nine minutes. Centenary used many offensive options in the opening minutes, as it had five different contributors score a bucket.


However, McNeese (7-5) answered back with an 11-0 run and got its deficit to six after Kendra Wells’ 3-point bucket. The Ladies though hung tough and were able to take a five point halftime lead after sophomore Anne Farrell scored two of her 14 points with 44 seconds left.


A minute and a half into the second period, the Cowgirls took their first lead after Caitlyn Baggett scored on a bunny. However, McNeese wasn’t able to hold its lead, as the Ladies retook the advantage after Farrell nailed a three at 15:14.


The second half continued to prove that no lead was safe, as the Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to grab another lead with 11:37 remaining. 30 seconds later, freshman Beth Alberson made sure the Ladies weren’t going to stay down for long with a 3-point bucket.


McNeese was able to take its largest lead of six with 5:32 remaining, but again Centenary fought back. Jackson gave the Ladies three point lead with just 1:33 left on the clock, but with 58 seconds to go the Cowgirls regained the lead and never looked back.


The Ladies though did have one last chance to send the game into overtime, as sophomore Jasmine Bothwell drove to the bucket and was fouled with less than a second left. Her first free throw rimmed out and her second was missed on purpose, but Centenary could not get the rebound in time.


As a whole, the Ladies shot 40 percent (22-of-54) from the field, 41 percent (5-for-12) from outside and 63 percent (23-of-36) from the line. The Cowgirls, meanwhile, were 22-of-57 from the field, 9-of-21 from outside and 21-of-28 from the line.


Centenary will get back into conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Oral Roberts and stay in Oklahoma to play OSU on Jan. 6. Both games can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.