SDSU Too Strong for Ladies
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team struggled to overcome an all-around solid South Dakota State team as it fell 92-50 on Monday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (1-21, 0-11 Summit) were led offensively by senior Leslie Forest with 12 points, while freshman Megan Daniel and junior Ashley Jackson each added nine points.

Playing a competitive South Dakota State team, Centenary fell down 9-0 early after four turnovers. Jackson finally put the Ladies on board with a lay up at the 16:50 mark.

Four consecutive points by the Jackrabbits gave them a 14-2 advantage before senior Bethany Joseph scored in the paint. Centenary had its best run when Daniel sank two treys and freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore added two for an 8-3 tilt, narrowing the Ladies deficit to 23-14 midway through the half.

South Dakota State would begin to challenge Centenary in the paint, hitting three lay ups in consecutive possessions to pull ahead by 15 (30-15). A drive to the basket by freshman Stephanie Barrow for a three-point play and a jumper by Forest gave Centenary a 4-0 run, but it was quickly responded on another Jackrabbit bucket in the paint.

Daniel continued to stay hot from behind the arc, knocking down her third trey in as many attempts before South Dakota State finished on a 5-0 run to end the first half up, 39-25.

Forest hit the first two buckets for Centenary, but the Jackrabbits executed nine of their own to pull ahead 50-29. A 12-3 run quickly followed for South Dakota State, before Jackson connected on four points.

Despite a mid-range jumper by junior Sarah Weiler and a lay up by sophomore Tesa Gould, the Jackrabbits used a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 45 (89-44) with just over three minutes of play remaining.

Barrow and Forest had back-to-back baskets, but the Jackrabbits remained too strong in the end.

Centenary shot 45 percent (19-42) from the floor and 33 percent (4-12) from deep.

South Dakota State was solid at 65 percent (33-51) from the field and 59 percent (10-17) from behind the three-point line. Ketty Cornemann had a game-best 25 points, while Ashley Eide and Maria Boever chipped in with 14. Jennie Sunnarborg added 11.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 28-19 as Forest pulled down a team-high four. The Jackrabbits were led by Leah Dietel with six.

Centenary will be back in action on Saturday at IPFW in a 12:30 pm (CT) start.