Ladies Fall in Summit League Opener, 81-66, to UMKC
Sunday, December 6, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Despite having three Ladies finish in double figures, the Centenary women's basketball team fell to UMKC, 81-66, in its Summit League opener on Saturday in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies (0-8, 0-1 Summit) connected on eight treys in the final half alone for 50 percent (10-of-20) from deep on the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome 40 UMKC points in the paint.

UMKC went up early, 10-4, before freshman Megan Daniel drained a three to pull within three. The Kangaroos responded with four straight points in the paint, but junior Anne Farrell knocked down both free throw attempts and a lay up to make it a five-point game (16-11) with 11 minutes to play.

Centenary rallied from a seven-point deficit on a 4-0 run by junior Ashley Jackson to trail by just one (21-20) with 6:24 left. Though, quickly, the Kangaroos extended the early lead to eight on back-to-back treys by UMKC.

The Kangaroos took advantage of several missed opportunities by the Ladies on the offensive end to gain a 13-point tilt, the largest of the half, over the Ladies at 36-23. A mid-range jumper by Farrell and a free throw by sophomore Beth Alberson gave Centenary some late spark.

Two UMKC free throws sealed the half as the Kangaroos finished on a 17-6 run to end the half, leading by 12, 38-26.

The key difference in the first half was the missed opportunities from the charity stripe for Centenary as they shot 50 percent (10-of-20). The Ladies were able to hold Summit League Preseason Player of the Year, Chazny Morris to just four points and 1-of-2 from the field in the opening half.

The second half opened in strong fashion for the Ladies as Joseph, Daniel, and sophomore Tesa Gould each drained shots from deep to trail by eight (43-35). UMKC hit consecutive jumpers to go back up by 12.

Though, it was impressive shooting from behind the arch that kept the Ladies within reach the entire second half. Jackson and Gould combined for eight points to shift the score to an eight-point lead by UMKC at 63-54 with eight minutes remaining.

The Kangaroos went on a 10-0 run to take a 17-point lead (71-54) with under seven minutes left.  Gould ended the surge on another deep three, but UMKC quickly responded with one of their own.

Centenary fell down by as many as 17 with under two minutes to go and weren't able to respond to UMKC's offensive surge. Gould hit a late three, but it wasn't enough as the Ladies fell 81-66.

The Ladies shot a much improved 44 percent (21-of-48) from the floor, but UMKC was better at a staggering 56 percent (29-of-52).

Jackson and Gould each finished with 14 points, while Daniel contributed with 12. UMKC was led by LeAndrea Thomas with 18.

Centenary was out rebounded 32-27. Jackson and Farrell pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

The Ladies will be back in action on Monday when they host Southern Utah in the Gold Dome at 7:00 pm.