Big 12 OSU Too Much for Ladies
Saturday, November 20, 2010

STILLWATER, Okla.--Playing Big 12 Oklahoma State, the Centenary women's basketball team was challenged by height and speed as it battled the Cowgirls to a 91-41 fall on Saturday afternoon in the historic Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Sophomore Ne-Ne cook paced the Ladies (0-2) with 16 points with two treys and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.  Seniors Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson followed with eight and seven points, respectively, while junior Megan Daniel, who played all 40 minutes, chipped in with six on two three-pointers.

Daniel's three-pointer put Centenary on board at 18:46 and evened the score at 3-3.  Cook's jumper two minutes later gave the Ladies their only lead of the game.

Oklahoma State (3-0) found itself in foul trouble early, committing 4 fouls to Centenary's 0 with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half.

Daniel's second three of the half would narrow the deficit to two (12-10), but Oklahoma State began a 15-0 run shortly after, eventually taking a 25-14 lead over Centenary. Cook halted the Cowgirl's scoring surge when she drained a long ball.

Despite forcing Oklahoma State into early turnovers, Centenary was challenged on the offensive end by a quick Cowgirl defense as the home team took a 43-19 lead into the second half.

The second half began with a 12-3 by Oklahoma State before Jackson and Cook connected on back-to-back layups, making the game a 56-25 contest with 15 minutes to play.

Undersized, the Ladies would continue to fall short of the Cowgirls attack, forcing unsuccessful shot attempts.  Oklahoma State would extend its lead to 40 (70-30) on a 14-5 run midway through the final half.

With under five minutes left to play, Farrell hit a mid-range jumper and Cook made both free throw attempts for the Ladies, though Oklahoma State continued to dominate in the paint to finish with a 91-41 win.

An impressive bench performance by the non-starters for Oklahoma State proved costly as they would score 59 of the Cowgirl points.

The Ladies shot 26 percent from the floor, making just 15-of-58 field goal attempts.  Centenary improved from Game 1 at the free throw line, finishing at 70 percent (7-10). 

Centenary was out rebounded, 57-27.  Farrell grabbed six boards and sophomore Jalena Sanders and Daniel each pulled down four to lead the way for the Ladies

Oklahoma State fired off 77 shots, shooting 49 percent (38-77).  Off the bench for the Cowgirls, Vicky McIntyre went 9-12, walking off of the court with 19 points.

"I felt like we improved on our rotations from our first game out and shot better from the free throw line as a team," said head coach Kristen Davis.

"I am pleased with our overall effort, as we will continue to improve as the season progresses."

The Ladies will be back in action on Tuesday in their home opener against ULM.  Tip-off begins at 5 pm.