Turnovers Proved Costly in 67-53 Loss to Southern Utah
Monday, December 7, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Senior Bethany Joseph had a season-high 17 points, but a second-half surge by Southern Utah propelled the Thunderbirds to a 67-53 win over the Ladies on Monday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (0-9, 0-2 Summit) led at the half, but couldn't find a way to trim late turnovers to overcome a late deficit.

Centenary jumped out to a 5-2 lead on a three by Joseph and a jumper by junior Ashley Jackson, but Southern Utah (2-7, 1-1 Summit) responded with a three of their own to tie the game with just under 15 minutes to play.

Southern Utah used a 7-0 run midway through the half to go up by five, 15-10, but the Ladies were able to trim the lead down to tie the score back at 17-17 on two treys by sophomore Quintesa Gould and Joseph and a free throw by Jackson.

The lead exchanged two more times under the 8-minute mark before Centenary was able to close out the half on top, 31-29.

The Ladies shot 40 percent (10-of-25) from the floor in the opening half, while Southern Utah was better at 57 percent (12-of-21). The game marked the first time the Ladies led at the half since the beginning of the season.

Joseph led Centenary with 12 points on 4-of-5 from behind the arch. 

The Thunderbirds came out hitting two free throws to even the game at 31-31, but senior Michaela Berg drained a three from the top of the key to put the Ladies back on top.

It remained back and forth for much of the half as turnovers for both teams controlled the pace of play. Two lay ups by senior Natasha Draganic and Jackson gave the Ladies some spark near the 11-minute mark for a 42-41 lead.

Though, again, Southern Utah responded with a 7-0 run to chip away at the lead and go up by six, 48-42. A steal by Jackson and a dish off to Farrell for two made it a four-point game, but a shot in the paint by Southern Utah gave them the upper hand.

Joseph stayed hot from deep and brings the game within three on a long-range trey from the left corner. But a late offensive surge by the Thunderbirds put Centenary down by 13 (64-51) with just under three minutes to play.

Turnovers continued for the Ladies, while Southern Utah connected on late free throws for a 67-51 lead with under a minute to play. Sophomore Megan Daniel laid the ball up for two, but the Ladies fell, 67-53 to the Thunderbirds.

Centenary shot 46 percent (19-of-41) from the floor, while Southern Utah was much better at 56 percent (24-of-43). Behind Joseph was Farrell with 13.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 26-22 as Farrell pulled down a team-high six.

Centenary will be back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Nicholls State for a 6:30 pm contest.