Ragin' Cajuns Send Ladies Home with 77-50 Loss
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
LAFAYETTE, La.-The Centenary women's basketball team dropped its Monday non-conference contest to Louisiana-Lafayette, 77-50, despite having three Ladies reach double-figures.

The Ladies (1-11, 0-2 Summit) were looking to build on their first win of the season, however, 31 turnovers proved costly in the loss to the Ragin' Cajuns.

Louisiana-Lafayette went up 2-0 on a quick jumper as only 20 seconds left the scoreboard. Junior Ashley Jackson got Centenary rolling with a lay up and free throw for an executed three-point play.

The Ragin' Cajuns put together a 7-0 run before senior Bethany Joseph would drain one of her three treys of the day. A 10-6 game gave way to Louisiana-Lafayette's Mercedes Johnson's third bucket in just 10 minutes. Junior Anne Farrell's lay up was good to narrow the score, 12-8.

Senior Michaela Berg stepped up and hit a big three that tied the game at 12-12, but seven straight points by Louisiana-Lafayette put them up by seven (19-12) with 8:20 to play.

Following a Farrell lay up, the Ragin' Cajuns finished the half off with a 15-3 tilt pull away by 20 (39-19) heading into halftime.

In the second half, it didn't take long before Louisiana-Lafayette to break open with a strong offensive surge. Berg hit another three to bring the score under 20, but the Ragin' Cajuns didn't allow that to put a dent in their lead.

Louisiana-Lafayette went up by as many as 27, 50-23, with 15:35 remaining.

A lay up by freshman Jalena Sanders and a long ball from Joseph gave the Ladies a mid-half spark after falling down by 29. Though Centenary fouls led to four consecutive free throws by Louisiana-Lafayette.

Centenary would only pull within 23 (72-49) with just over a minute to play, until the Ragin' Cajuns finished with a 5-1 run to close out the game.

The Ladies shot 32.5 percent (13-40) from the floor, led by Jackson, Berg and Joseph all with 11 points.

Louisiana-Lafayette was better from the field at 45.6 percent (31-68).

A key contributor was the 40 points the Ragin' Cajuns produced in the paint to Centenary's 14. The Ladies committed 31 turnovers and Louisiana-Lafayette used those to score 31 of their 77 points.

Centenary was out rebounded, 38-35 led by Jackson and Farrell with five, while Jackson had a game-high three blocks.

The Ladies will be back in action on Dec. 29 at Ole Miss in a 4:30 pm contest.