Ladies Play Hard, Fall to Western Illinois
Sunday, February 14, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Senior Bethany Joseph hit five treys and scored a game-best 17 points for the Centenary women's basketball team, but it wasn't enough as the Ladies fell to Western Illinois 61-50 on Saturday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (1-24, 0-14) were challenged by a scrappy Fighting Leatherneck team to the end, despite playing extremely hard prior to the honoring of Centenary's four seniors in Joseph, Natasha Draganic, Leslie Forest, and Michaela Berg.

Junior Ashley Jackson and freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore combined for three points in the opening two minutes to give Centenary a 3-0 lead. However, it didn't take long for Western Illinois to respond and tied the game at 5-5.

The Ladies got up by three (15-12) on a three by Joseph and a jumper by freshman Jalena Sanders, but the Fighting Leathernecks would produce an impressive 12-0 run, holding Centenary scoreless for six minutes.

With that run, the Ladies fell down by nine, 24-15 before Forest connected on both free throw attempts. Though, it didn't take Western Illinois long to respond with another long ball to go up by 10, the most of the first half.

Centenary sophomore Tesa Gould finished off a three-point play to send the Ladies into halftime, trailing 27-20.

Despite allowing an early three by Western Illinois, Jackson and junior Sarah Weiler hit four consecutive free throws to pull within six. The Leathernecks began to connect on open looks as three consecutive treys found the bottom of the net for Western Illinois.

Forest's short jumper with 16:30 to play ended the offensive threat as Joseph followed with a three from the top of the key to make it a 10-point game (39-29).

The Ladies were able to remain within reach of the sharp shooting Fighting Leathernecks as fouls sent Centenary to the line and Joseph, Forest and Jackson each made both attempts.

After a visiting lay up, Joseph hit consecutive treys and Sanders sank one from the line to give the Ladies a spark and narrow the deficit to five (47-42) with just over six minutes to play. 

Western Illinois was able to end the game on a 14-5 run as Joseph sank her fifth three of the night and Weiler hit two free throws with five seconds to play.

Centenary shot 36.1 percent (13-36) from the floor, while Western Illinois was slightly better at 40 percent (22-55).

Behind Joseph for Centenary was Berg with eight and Jackson and Weiler contributed each with six.

The Fighing Leathernecks were led offensively by Jackie Barton with 13, while Anne Borgertpoepping had 12.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 33-28 as Forest pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds.

Centenary will play its final home game on Monday at 7:00 pm against IUPUI.