Ladies Compete, Fall in End to NDSU
Saturday, January 30, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team finished with its best home performance of the year, but fell to North Dakota State, 67-61, in the final minutes of play on Saturday afternoon.

The Ladies (1-20, 0-10) were led by four players in double-figures as junior Ashley Jackson had a team-best 14 points. Senior Bethany Joseph and freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore added 12, while junior Sarah Weiler chipped in with 10 points.

Strong defense by Centenary allowed the game to remain close after the score tied four times before the Ladies took their first lead on a three by freshman Megan Daniel at the 12:55 mark.

North Dakota State and Centenary battled for much of the half, exchanging baskets and taking over leads until a jumper by Joseph gave the Ladies a 21-19 lead.

That lead was maintained for the final eight minutes as Moore, junior Anne Farrell and Joseph all contributed to the 30-25 halftime lead.

Centenary was strong defensively in the opening 20 minutes, forcing seven turnovers on four steals. Moore and Joseph each had eight at the half.

Weiler hit a lay up and senior Leslie Forest hit a mid-range jumper to stay on top early in the second half. The Bison, however, were able to trim the Ladies lead to two (35-33) after two treys.

Centenary held North Dakota State scoreless for nearly four minutes before two free throws by the Bison sparked an attempt to take over the Ladies lead. A three followed by North Dakota State, allowing the Bison to gain a three-point edge, their first lead since midway through the first half.

Jackson and Weiler wouldn't allow Centenary's offense to stop as they combined for the next seven points to regain the advantage (42-41). However, Ladies' fouls sent the Bison to line, where they were four-of-four.

Centenary had a spark near the five-minute mark when Moore and Jackson hit back-to-back lay ups to go up once again, 51-49. North Dakota State, though, fired off an 8-3 run to power it to a 57-54 lead with two minutes remaining.

Joseph hit both free throw attempts to pull within one, but North Dakota State followed with a lay up to go up by three. Forced to foul, the Bison were able to extend their lead by seven (63-56) with 30 seconds to play.

Centenary shot 35 percent (17-48) from the floor and was 33 percent (4-12) from behind the arc.
North Dakota State was slightly better at 38 percent (24-64) from the field. Ashley Samuelson had a game-high 22 points to lead the Bison, while Jill Zaruba and Katie Birkel added 11 and 10 respectively.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 45-30. Jackson led Centenary with eight boards, while Zaruba had an astounding 17 rebounds for the Bison.

Centenary will be back in action on Monday when it hosts South Dakota State at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome.