I-49 Rival Contest Ends In Favor of NSU
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Junior Anne Farrell finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Centenary women's basketball team fell to I-49 rival, NSU, 65-49 on Tuesday evening in the Gold Dome.

Despite out rebounding the Lady Demons (48-31) by 17, the Ladies (0-7) weren't able to overcome a strong offensive second half by NSU (4-3), falling to 0-7 on the season.

Centenary opened the game with two points by freshman Stephanie Barrow. Though, Northwestern State responded with seven straight points. A feed from junior Ashley Jackson into senior Leslie Forest for two ended the Lady Demon threat.

Farrell made it a four point game (10-6) on a long range jumper from the top of the key and senior Michaela Berg brought the Ladies within one (10-9) on a three with 13:00 to play.

Though, NSU hit a three, but senior Bethany Joseph responded with one of her own 45 seconds later. The Lady Demons went on a 5-0 run midway through the half, not allowing the Ladies to ever take over the lead. A lay up by Farrell and a free throw by sophomore Quintesa Gould gave Centenary a one-possession chance (18-15) with 7:44 to play.

The Lady Demons hit three of four from the free throw line, along with a lay up to go back up by 10 (27-17). Joseph hit her second three of the night, but NSU was better at the end scoring three points to close out the first half with a 31-20 lead over Centenary.

The difference in the half was NSU's 12 points off of 16 Centenary turnovers. Jackson pulled down 10 rebounds as the Ladies were better on the boards with 30 to NSU's 16 in the opening 20 minutes.

Down by 11, Joseph and Farrell each hit two to begin the second half on a 4-0 run. A three by NSU followed to again, make it a 10-point game with 18:30 to play. The Lady Demons were able to respond to several missed opportunities to go ahead by 18 (47-29) before senior Michaela Berg laid one up for two.

Senior Natasha Draganic connected on a three-point play to narrow the deficit to 13 with 11 minutes left. Centenary's offense was a stalemate for nearly five minutes as NSU used that time to go ahead by 20 (54-34).

The Ladies fell down by 23, but Farrell drained a three from the top of the key, while Forest followed with a lay up to stay within 18 points. Two NSU free throws came right after, but Forest was again strong inside for a jumper in the paint.

Freshman Megan Daniel and Gould each hit late treys with one minute to go to make it a 63-49 game, but a Centenary foul gave way to two Lady Demon free throws.

On the night, Centenary shot 28.4 percent (19-of-67), while NSU was better at 41.2 percent (21-of-51). The Lady Demons hit 5-of-10 from behind the arc and 18-of-22 (82 percent) from the free throw line. The Ladies were just 6-of-20 (30 percent) from deep.

Behind Farrell in scoring was Joseph with eight. Forest and Gould each chipped in with six. On the boards was Jackson with a game-high 13 rebounds, followed by Farrell and Forest with 11 apiece.

NSU was led by Jessica McPhail with 15 points and five rebounds. Brooke Shepherd and Sherrion Thomas added 13 and 10 respectively.

Centenary will be back in action on Saturday when it host UMKC in the Summit League opener, beginning at 5:00 pm.