Ladies Drop 56-46 Contest to Nicholls
Thursday, December 10, 2009

THIBODAUX, La.-The Centenary women's basketball team couldn't pull off a win in a 56-46 fall to Nicholls State on Wednesday in non-conference play.

The Ladies (0-10, 0-2 Summit) was searching for their first win of the season, but the Colonels played a much stronger second half to outlast Centenary by 10.

Sophomore Quintesa Gould put the Ladies on the board with a three-pointer early. Centenary went up 7-3 on two free throws by junior Anne Farrell and a jumper by senior Bethany Joseph.

However, Nicholls chipped away at the early lead to tie the game at 9-9. The game was back-and-forth midway through the half until the Ladies finished the half on a 9-0 run on four points from senior Natasha Draganic and five by Joseph.

Centenary led at the half, 29-24.

Ahead by eight (32-24), Nicholls trimmed the lead to two before going up by as many as seven on an impressive 17-2 run. Joseph's two free throws ended the offensive surge for the Colonels with 6:45 left to play.

Several free throws by junior Ashley Jackson kept the game within reach, though Nicholls responded with a few of their own to go up by 11 (49-38) with 2:11 remaining.

Two layups by Joseph, two made free throws by freshman Megan Daniel and a final layup by Jackson wasn't enough to overcome Nicholls late rally.

Centenary shot 35 percent (14-of-40) from the floor, while Nicholls shot 30 percent (18of-60).

The Ladies were led by Joseph with 17. Jackson and Gould contributed with eight.

Each team pulled down 37 rebounds as Jackson had a team-high nine for Centenary.

Nicholls scored 22 points off of 26 Ladies turnovers to improve to 2-5 on the season.

Centenary will not be back in action until December 19 when they travel to McNeese State.