Ladies Drop 65-43 Contest to SELA
Saturday, November 28, 2009
HAMMOND, La.-While still looking for its first win this season, the Centenary women's basketball team battled Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, but fell 65-43 to the Lions.

The Ladies (0-6) played a much stronger second half, but an early 20-point deficit led to Centenary's sixth straight loss and fifth to a Louisiana school.

SELA jumped on board early, scoring six straight point before freshman Donecia Cook's lay up was good for two at 18:02. Foul trouble by the Ladies in the opening minutes allowed the Lions to go on a 7-0 run with five made free throws.

Junior Anne Farrell's free throw narrowed the game to 10 (13-3), but a SELA lay up put the Lions back up by 12 at 15-3. SELA went ahead by as many as 16 (21-5) before Farrell's jumper ignited a 9-0 run for the Ladies with 8:49 to play.

Following the jumper was a three by freshman Megan Daniel, a jumper in the paint by senior Leslie Forest and another mid-range shot by Farrell to pull within seven (21-14) with 5:54 remaining.

Despite the surge, SELA responded with 15 straight points on two treys, two jumpers, a lay up and a free throw to take its largest lead of the half at 22, 36-14. With less than a minute to play in the first half, senior Natasha Draganic scored on a steal by freshman Jalena Sanders to enter halftime down by 20, 36-16.

The second half opened with junior Ashley Jackson draining a mid-range jumper 45 seconds in to make it a 36-18 game. Though, SELA again, responded with their own, before sophomore Quintesa Gould hit a jumper.

A 16-0 run caused by five Ladies' turnovers and several missed scoring opportunities put the Lions ahead by 34 (54-20), the most of the afternoon. Jackson ended the threat after making one-of-two from the line.

Nearly 2:30 passed without a scoring change. With SELA up by 34, Centenary used a 9-0 run on two treys by Gould and three points by Sanders to pull within 25 with 5:39 to play.

The Ladies battled in the final minutes and cut the lead to 21 (64-43) on a Gould three at 1:00, but a final Lions' free throw and the early deficit sent the Ladies home emptied handed.

Centenary shot 36 percent (16-of-45) from the floor and from behind the arch (4-of-11). The Ladies were led by Gould with a 11 points and 3-of-5 from deep. Sanders and Farrell each chipped in with nine.

SELA shot 37 percent (23-of-63) from the floor led by Kim Edmonson with 23 points and six rebounds.

The Ladies were out rebounded 31 to 48. Farrell pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while junior Sarah Weiler had six boards.

Centenary will take the floor on Tuesday in the Gold Dome as it host Northwestern State at 7:00 pm.