Better Second Half Not Enough in 62-42 Loss to ULM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
MONROE, La.-Junior Anne Farrell notched a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Centenary women's basketball team dropped its Tuesday night contest to ULM, 62-42.

The Ladies (0-5) were down by 20 (34-14) at the half, but produced a better second half performance to tie ULM with 28 points in the final 20 minutes. Though, the early deficit sent Centenary home with its fifth straight loss.

ULM took a 5-0 lead to open the game before senior Bethany Joseph would drain a three after coming in off the bench to put Centenary on board. The Warhawks responded with a quick 7-0 run to go up 12-3 with just over 12 minutes to play.

Senior Natasha Draganic and Farrell each scored on back-to-back possessions to bring the Ladies within five. The closest Centenary would get following that 4-0 run would be by six (18-12) on an Ashley Jackson lay up at 8:04.

The biggest difference in the game were the final minutes of the first half where ULM took advantage of 11 Centenary turnovers to go on a 14-0 run and take a 22-point lead with 29 seconds to play.

Senior Michaela Berg sank two free throw attempts to end the half as ULM led 34-14.

The Warhawks scored 22 points off of Ladies miscues in the first half alone.

After a ULM lay up, Berg fired off a three that was good, making it a 19-point game in the early going. The Ladies made a strong effort midway through the half, producing a 7-0 run on a jumper by Jackson, a trey by Berg and two free throws by Farrell.

Bring the game within 15 (50-35) with eight minutes to play, ULM wouldn't back down as it connected on eight straight points to bring the game out of reach once again by 23 points (58-35).

The Ladies weren't able to pull under 20 the remainder of the game, falling 62-42.

Centenary shot 36 percent (14-of-39) from the floor, but just 52 percent (11-of-21) from the line. Behind Farrell was Jackson with nine points and five rebounds, while Berg chipped in with eight points.

ULM shot 44 percent (26-of-59) from the field and 50 percent (7-of-14) from the line. Sannisha Williams led the Warhawks with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jesse Carrie and Sumar Leslie each had 10.

Centenary outrebounded ULM by 10, 36 to 26, but 40 turnovers proved too much for the Ladies.

The Ladies will be back in action at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at 3:00 pm.