Rebounding Is Ladies Downfall Saturday
Saturday, February 21, 2009

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Junior Michaela Berg shattered her previous career-high of seven points on Saturday night with 15, but the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a substantial rebounding deficit, as the Ladies fell to Southern Utah 84-68 in Summit League play.


Early it was a back and forth game, but after Centenary grabbed a one point lead, SUU pulled away with an 11-2 run. The Ladies got it back to four twice, but the Thunderbirds quickly went up by double digits late in the half.


In the opening period, SUU outscored Centenary in the paint (14-2), in second chance opportunities (13-2) and off turnovers (11-3). However, the Ladies did come away with the slight advantage in bench points (13-12).


After falling down by 21 early in the second, Centenary went on an 11-0 run that was sparked by freshman Chelsea Johnson’s three. During the run, the Ladies would add three’s by Berg and senior Cierra Bush, along with a lay-up by sophomore Anne Farrell, but they quickly found themselves back down by 15.


In the final five minutes, Centenary got its deficit under double digits after two free throw by junior Natasha Draganic, but an SUU 11-4 run sealed the fait for Centenary.


During the run by SUU, the Ladies missed five field goals and the Thunderbirds grabbed 10 rebounds.


The rebounding was the story of the game, as SUU cleaned the glass by grabbing 54, while the Ladies pulled down just 33.


Behind Berg’s offense senior Karolina Zaloga, who scored 12 points and gave a team-best six assists, while Draganic added 10. For SUU, Anne Westwood-Higbee had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while four others scored in double figures.


To make the conference tournament, Centenary now needs to win its final three games along with having both IPFW and Oral Roberts drop its final three contests. The Ladies will try to start their three-game winning streak on Monday night against at UMKC with tip-off set for 7 p.m.