Shooting Suffers in Loss at IUPUI
Saturday, January 16, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Looking for its first league win of the season, the Centenary women's basketball team was held to a low shooting afternoon, falling 61-35 at IUPUI on Saturday in Summit League action.

The Ladies (1-17, 0-7 Summit) never regained a lead after the first few minutes of the contest, allowing the Jaguars (2-15, 1-5 Summit) to win its first league game of the season.

After an IUPUI three early, senior Bethany Joseph finds the bottom of the net on one of her own. Centenary took over the lead at 6-3 on a Megan Daniel's three with 16:35 to play.

The Jaguars put together an 18-1 run before junior Ashley Jackson drained both of her free throw attempts near the 10-minute mark. Down 21-8, IUPUI continued to extend on its lead, making it a 32-9 game with six minutes to play in the opening half.

It took a six-minute span before the Ladies saw their third field goal when Joseph sunk a three from downtown. Freshman Vashni Sharp Moore drained both free throw attempts, but IUPUI closed out the half with a jumper.

The Jaguars led 38-14 at the half.

IUPUI opened up the final 20 minutes of play with four straight points. Junior Anne Farrell sparked a 6-2 tilt for Centenary with four points to narrow the score to 44-20. Midway through the half, however, the Jaguars responded with a run of their own with four made free throws.

Fouls by IUPUI sent freshman Jalena Sanders to the line where she connected on 5-of-6 successfully near the five-minute mark.

The Ladies were again held scoreless for a lengthy time as IUPUI used missed opportunities by Centenary to go up 56-29 with 3:30 remaining in the game.

Freshman Donecia Cook and Moore combined for back-to-back lay ups on consecutive possessions to chip away at IUPUI's lead (57-33) with right around two minutes left to go. After two successful free throws by the Jaguars, Cook hit a jumper in the final minute of play.

Centenary shot 22 percent (10-46) from the floor, led by Joseph with six points. Sanders and Jackson each chipped in with five.

IUPUI fired off a 42 percent (19-45) performance from the field, led by Kerah Nelson with 17 points and Janna Eichelberger with 11.

Each team pulled down 36 rebounds. Senior Natasha Draganic led Centenary with six, while Farrell had five. Nelson and Eichelberger completed double-doubles with 10 boards.

The Ladies will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Western Illinois for a 7:00 pm contest.