Free Throws Difference in Ladies Loss
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Junior Ashley Jackson tied her career-high with a game-best 21 points, but the Centenary women's basketball team was challenged offensively by a solid IPFW squad on Monday evening, falling 76-46 in Summit League action.

The Ladies (1-16, 0-6 Summit) weren't able to secure their first league win after playing host to the Mastodons, (7-8, 5-0 Summit) who shot an astounding 24-of-25 from the free throw line for 96 percent.

It took nearly two minutes before Centenary would score after IPFW went up 2-0. Back-to-back treys put the Ladies down by eight (12-4) near the 15-minute mark.

Centenary brought it within nine (19-10) after a jumper by senior Michaela Berg, a lay up by classmate Natasha Draganic and two free throws by Jackson midway through the half.

Fouls continued to make a difference in the game as the Mastodons took their largest lead of 14 at the end of first half after they hit 10-of-10 from the line in the final five minutes of play.

IPFW led 39-25 at the half.

Centenary allowed a 14-0 run by IPFW to start the second half, falling down by as many as 28 (53-25). The Ladies didn't see their first basket until 14:44 when sophomore Tesa Gould came off the bench to drain a three from the left side.

That made bucket sparked an 8-0 tilt by the Ladies, which included five points for junior Anne Farrell. Down by 20 (53-33) with a little over 13 minutes to play, Centenary again, fell victim to the hot shooting of IPFW.

The Ladies never could gain complete momentum within the final 20 minutes even after two consecutive lay ups by freshman Donecia Cook. IPFW took its largest lead of the game with 1:08 to play at 76-45 on a deep three.

Centenary shot 38.1 percent (16-of 42) from the floor, but only 20 percent (1-of-5) from behind the arc. Behind Jackson in scoring was Farrell with five.

IPFW was better offensively, knocking down 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field, led by Anne Boese with 15 points and Stephanie Rosado with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Centenary was also out rebounded, 37-27, on the evening. Jackson and Farrell each pulled down seven boards.

The Mastodons took control of the game with only one missed free throw to the Ladies' 12 (13-of-25), which proved to be an 11 point difference down the stretch.

The Ladies will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to IUPUI to play the Jaguars at 3:30 pm.