Ladies Close Out Home Slate with Solid Win
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
SHREVEPORT-It was an all-around solid effort by the entire Centenary women's basketball team as it wrapped up its home schedule with the first league win and first victory in the Gold Dome this season, defeating IUPUI 67-57 on Monday evening in Summit League action.

The Ladies (2-24, 1-14) were led offensively by junior Ashley Jackson and senior Bethany Joseph each with 19 points, while freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore finished with 13.

Despite falling down 3-0 to IUPUI, the Ladies responded to take the lead, 8-3 after Joseph drained two treys and senior Leslie Forest hit two in the paint.

Centenary continued to shoot well in the opening minutes as they put together a 9-3 run to pull ahead by 10 (17-7) when freshman Megan Daniel sank a three. IUPUI hit back-to-back lay ups, but freshman Jalena Sanders provided the Ladies with some spark off the bench.

Sanders and Jackson combined to hit the next 12 points for Centenary as it took its largest lead of the first half at 11 (23-12) with eight minutes to play. Jackson continued to stay solid at the line, contributing a four-for-four effort from the charity stripe during that run.

The Jaguars got a little late run on six straight, including a three to make it a four-point game (28-24), however, Centenary finished the first half off with back-to-back lay ups from Sharp-Moore and Jackson to enter halftime leading 32-26.

IUPUI trimmed the lead down to two (32-30) on consecutive lay ups to open the second half. However, Joseph and Jackson helped extend Centenary's lead back to seven with 17:10 remaining.

IUPUI fired off a 15-2 run to take its first lead of the second half and eventually extend the lead to seven (46-39) before Sharp-Moore and Jackson would convert on the next four points for the Ladies to get within three with just over eight minutes left to play.

Jumpers by junior Sarah Weiler and Sharp-Moore gave the Ladies a one-point lead (49-48), but offensive rebounds allowed the Jaguars to keep the ball for the next three possessions.

Free throws for IUPUI kept them close, but Joseph drained another three to go up by two (52-50) with three minutes to play.

Jackson made both free throw attempts and Sharp-Moore had a steal before driving in for two, propelling the Ladies to a six-point lead (56-50).

Jackson led the way down the stretch for Centenary with three points and two clutch free throws to make it a three-possession game with under two minutes left to play. Sharp-Moore's lay up put the Ladies up by nine, before a foul gave IUPUI two made free throws.

Joseph proved to be the top free throw shooter for Centenary as she made five of six from the line in the final 45 seconds.  

The Ladies shot an impressive 51.2 percent (22-43) from the floor, a season-best. They also connected on 5-of-9 from deep for 56 percent, led by Joseph with four treys.

Free throws down the stretch propelled Centenary to the 10-point difference in the end as it hit 18-of-26 (69 percent) on the night.

IUPUI shot 34.7 percent (17-49) from the field and 18-of-28 from the charity stripe for 64.3 percent.

The Jaguars were led by Kerah Nelson with a game-best 20 points, while Ebony Davis and Briannica Tye added 12 and 11, respectively.

Centenary was out rebounded, 38-27 as Jackson had a team-high seven boards for the Ladies and Davis had nine for IUPUI.

The Ladies will travel to Oral Roberts on Saturday for a 7:05 pm contest against the Golden Eagles before wrapping up its schedule at Southern Utah and UMKC.