Ladies Earn First Win on Road at McNeese
Saturday, December 19, 2009
LAKE CHARLES, La.-An all-around solid performance led to a 68-66 victory and the first of the season for the Centenary women's basketball team over McNeese State on Saturday in non-conference action.

The Ladies (1-10) were led offensively by junior Bethany Joseph with a season-high 20 points, while senior Michaela Berg tied her career-best with 15 points off the bench. Junior Ashley Jackson chipped in with 12 points, while classmate Anne Farrell pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. 

McNeese went up 4-0 before Jackson hit a jumper to put the Ladies on board.

It was a competitive first half as Jackson, Joseph, and freshman Donecia Cook each chipped away at the Cowgirl lead.

Junior Sarah Weiler drained a jumper to tie the game at 13-13 with just under 13 minutes to play. Centenary then took the lead on a three by Joseph.

McNeese used an 8-3 run to re-take over the lead, 22-19 before Berg stepped up and drained a three to end the threat.

The Ladies never trailed in the opening 20 minutes after the 7:00 mark, firing off three treys and receiving five points from freshman Jalena Sanders off the bench.

Centenary led 37-28 at the half.

A three by Joseph gave the Ladies a 10-point advantage with just 1:20 into the second half. McNeese, however, brought the game within three at 45-42 after two long balls found the bottom of the net.

With 13:00 minutes to play, Centenary lost its early lead on a deep three from the Cowgirls to make it a 48-45 game in favor of McNeese.

It remained a two-point game for over three minutes of play until Berg drained two long range jumpers for three to spark a Centenary rally and go up by four (55-51).

Six straight points by McNeese, again, made it a game to watch. Up by two, 63-61 with slightly over two minutes to play, Joseph's lay up was good for two to increase the lead to four. However, the Cowgirls responded with one of their own.

Despite a late foul, the Ladies were able to hang onto their early lead and win, 68-66.

Centenary shot 44 percent (20-of-25) from the floor, while McNeese shot 39 percent (22-of-57). The Ladies used 11-of-22 (50 percent) from deep and a strong free throw shooting day at 81 percent (17-of-21) to stay consistent offensively.

The Cowgirls did out rebound the Ladies by six, 36-30.

A main contributor to the win was the 32 points Centenary received off the bench. Cook had a career-high of six points, while Sanders and Farrell added four.

The Ladies will be back in action on Monday when they travel to take on Louisiana-Lafayette at 2:00 pm.