Ladies Play Well, Drop Road Contest
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mich.-Senior Leslie Forest led the Centenary women's basketball team with a double-double of 17 points and a career-high 15 boards and seven blocks against Oakland, but it wasn't enough as the Ladies fell 66-46 in the end to the Golden Grizzlies in Summit League play.

The Ladies (1-23, 0-13 Summit) allowed a 20-1 run to end the game after pulling within one with eight minutes to play. Behind Forest in scoring for Centenary was freshman Donecia Cook with nine points on three treys off the bench.

Forest opened up with a jumper and lay up to give the Ladies a quick 4-2 lead. Oakland then earned its first lead at the 17:30 mark on a three before going up by four with 15 minutes to play.

A jumper by freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore made it a 14-12 game, but that was the last field goal the Ladies would see as Oakland hit six straight points. Jackson finally ended the threat with two free throws to narrow the score to 20-14 midway through the half.

Despite hanging within four for much of the first half, Centenary was never able to gain full control of the lead. Down by seven (31-24) with 2:15 to play, Forest and senior Michaela Berg hit back-to-back jumpers to send the Ladies into halftime trailing, 31-28.

Centenary was held without a field goal to open up the second half for nearly four minutes until Forest's jumper was good for two. During that time, Oakland went on a 5-1 tilt.

Senior Bethany Joseph and freshman Donecia Cook combined for consecutive three-pointers to pull within one (38-37) with 14 minutes remaining. However, the Golden Grizzlies wouldn't allow the Ladies to come any closer as they put together another run of eight consecutive points, extending their lead to nine (46-37) with 11 minutes left.

Cook continued to remain hot from behind the arc, draining consecutive treys to give Centenary a mid-half spark and a three-point deficit (46-43). Forest quickly followed with two successful charity shots to come as close as one.

Though, a 20-1 run and holding Centenary scoreless for nine minutes gave Oakland the upper hand in the end. Freshman Jalena Sanders hit one-of-two from the free throw line, but the Ladies saw no field goal in the final nine minutes of the game.

Centenary shot a better 33.3 percent (17-51) from the floor, while Oakland finished at 32.4 percent (23-71). Melissa Jeltema led all players with 21 points and 18 boards for the Golden Grizzlies, while Bethany Watterworth finished with 14 points.

The Ladies were outrebounded, 31-57 on the game.

Centenary will return home to host Western Illinois on Saturday at 5:00 pm in the Gold Dome.