Ladies Fall, 74-49, to Sam Houston State
Saturday, November 21, 2009
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive non- conference game to Southland Conference foe, Sam Houston State, 74-49, on Friday evening in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies (0-4) struggled to overcome a feisty Bearkat team, who forced Centenary into 30 turnovers on 15 steals.

An early three by senior Bethany Joseph put the Ladies up 3-2. It was a 15-0 run in the first half that gave Sam Houston a 16 point lead at 29-13 with three minutes to play. Senior Michaela Berg ended the run on a shot from deep followed by another three by Joseph to narrow the deficit to 10 with 1:49 to play.

Down by 10, again, Joseph sank net for her third trey of the night to end the half. The Ladies trailed by seven, 31-24.

In the first half alone, Sam Houston recorded 24 points in the paint to the Ladies' four and scored 10 off of Centenary turnovers.

A quick four points by the Bearkats extended their lead to 11 (35-24) to open the second half. Junior Anne Farrell responded with four of her own on the next two Centenary possessions to make it a seven point game.

Jackson's layup narrowed it to 10 at 40-30, but quickly Sam Houston went back up by 11, before a Jackson free throw led to a Natasha Draganic layup to pull within eight, its closest of the half. Though, turnovers proved costly allowing the Bearkats to execute an 8-0 run midway through the half lead by 16 (51-35).

Farrell's layup stopped the run as she scored six points within a five minute span. Within 10, the Ladies struggled with mistakes, allowing Sam Houston to finish with a 14-0 run to end the game.

Centenary shot 39 percent (20-of-52) from the floor, but Sam Houston was better at 48 percent (32-of-70) on the night. The Ladies connected of 4-of-13 from deep for 31 percent, but was only 50 percent (5-of-10) from the charity stripe.

Farrell led all scorers with a game-high 16 points. Jackson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Joseph chipped in with nine points.

Centenary was outrebounded by just five, 41-36. Behind Jackson's 10 boards was freshman Jalena Sanders with six and Farrell with five.

The Ladies will travel to take on ULM on Tuesday at 5:15 pm.