Ladies Battle Strong Oral Roberts Team to 95-65 Loss
Sunday, January 24, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Senior Leslie Forest recorded her first career double-double, leading the Centenary women's basketball team with 18 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Ladies fell 95-65 to Oral Roberts on Saturday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (1-19, 0-9 Summit) battled a competitive and offensive dominating Golden Eagles (13-7, 7-2 Summit) team, though dropped its ninth league contest of the season.

Oral Roberts went up 4-0, but Centenary's Forest tied the game at 4-4 on back-to-back baskets early. A 7-0 run by the Golden Eagles followed before the Ladies received a lay up from junior Ashley Jackson near the 15-minute mark.

Despite missed scoring opportunities by Oral Roberts, Centenary wasn't successful on its end as well, committing consecutive turnovers before Forest would knock down a mid-range jumper.

Oral Roberts would capitalize on the Ladies' mistakes, scoring eight straight points on three lay ups and two free throws. Freshman Megan Daniel would drain a three with 8:36 to play to make it a 27-14 game.

Centenary had its strongest run with five minutes to play, going on a 10-2 run to narrow the score to 11 (36-25). However, using its offensive dominance, the Ladies would fall down by as many as 19 (44-25) heading into halftime.

The Ladies committed 24 turnovers on 15 Golden Eagle steals, which resulted in 23 points.

The second half opened with quick scoring by both teams. A lay up by Forest and a jumper by Daniel followed four Oral Roberts' points. The Golden Eagles would again respond with four straight lay ups by Oral Roberts' Jordan Pyle.

Down 60-31, junior Anne Farrell and Jackson combined for nine points, but the Golden Eagles wouldn't allow the Ladies to trim the score much more with baskets of their own.

Consecutive jumpers in the paint by Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper put Oral Roberts up by 26 (71-45). Senior Bethany Joseph and Farrell would each respond with three points, though the Ladies still struggled to make any offensive surge midway through the half.

Nearly two minutes passed from one field goal to the next as ORU ended a scoreless run with a three to give the Golden Eagles an 82-54 lead with six minutes left.

Joseph would give the Ladies a little spark, knocking down two treys, though Oral Roberts proved it could shoot the long ball as well. A late jumper by junior Sarah Weiler trimmed the lead and fouls by Oral Roberts sent several Ladies to the line, where they connected on four-of-four with under two minutes to play.

Centenary finished the evening, shooting 46 percent (25-54) from the field, but Oral Roberts was better at 50 percent (34-68).

Behind Forest in scoring was Farrell with 14 points, while Jackson added 13.

Oral Roberts was led by Jaci Bigham with a game-best 24 points, while Luper chipped in with 22 points.

The Ladies downfall was the 37 turnovers on 24 steals by Oral Roberts.

Centenary out rebounded the Golden Eagles, 40-35 as Farrell pulled down nine behind Forest's career-high, 13.

The Ladies will return to action next Saturday at 2:00 pm against North Dakota State for Homecoming 2010.