Ladies Drop Season-Opener at SHSU; Four Reach Double-Figures
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Texas-Seniors Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell paced the Centenary women's basketball team with double-doubles and sophomore Ne-Ne Cook notched a career-best 18 points, but it wasn't enough as it would drop its season-opener at Sam Houston State, 83-55, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ladies (0-1) under first-year head coach Kristen Davis had four of their five starters score in double figures, led by Cook with 18 on a 6-of-11 effort from behind the three-point arc.

Farrell recorded a career-high 17 boards, surpassing her previous high of 14, which came against the Bearkats in 2008. Along with her game-best 17 rebounds, the forward hit 6-of-12 from the field for 12 points.

Jackson also finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Sophomore Vashni Sharp-Moore added 10 points in the effort and dished off a career-high seven assists.

Sam Houston State (2-1) quickly went up 5-0 to open the game, but four consecutive made free throws for Centenary would follow, narrowing the score to one at 5-4.

Cook would drain three treys in a row to keep the Ladies within reach as Sam Houston State remained consistent from the floor. Down by two at the 12:47 mark, Centenary would see its deficit increase as the Bearkats used a 21-3 run to pull ahead by 20 (38-18) with just under six minutes to play in the opening half.

Despite a late three by Cook and a lay up by Farrell, Sam Houston State went onto to lead at half, 52-28.

The closest Centenary would come in the final half was 15 (52-37) after Cook nailed another long ball at the 16:11 mark.

Sam Houston State continued to use its inside game, pulling ahead by a game-high 31 points (78-47) with just 4:02 left to play.

Jackson and Sharp-Moore combined to score the final five points.

Centenary shot just 28 percent (15-54) from the field and 53 percent (29-36) from the free throw line, but managed to connect on 6-of-19 from behind the three-point line for 32 percent.

Sam Houston State was better from the floor with a 29-of-67 effort for 43 percent and only missed four free throws (20-24) for 83 percent.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 51-40.

Sam Houston State was led offensively by Clarke Davis with 14 points, while Ashton Jones added 11 off the bench.

"We have to improve on our rotation on defense. We definitely can't miss that many free throws and expect to win. On a positive note, we did execute our offense well at times," said Davis.

Centenary will return to action when it travels to Stillwater, Okla. for a 2 pm CT contest on Saturday against Big 12 Oklahoma State.