Ladies Fall in Home Opener, 87-61 to ULM
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team faced a scrappy ULM squad in its home opener, falling 87-61 on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies (0-3) committed a season-high 27 turnovers and were challenged by an impressive second-half shooting performance from the Warhawks (3-1), dropping its third straight contest.

Centenary was led offensively by sophomore scoring leader, Ne-Ne Cook with her third straight double-figure scoring game with 16 points on a 6-of-15 effort from the field and a 4-of-4 performance from the charity stripe. To accompany her 16 points, Cook tallied a career-best seven assists from the guard position.

Junior Megan Daniel finished with 11 points, making 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Daniel's 11 points was one shy of her career-high of 12 points.

Senior Ashley Jackson got Centenary off to a quick start, connected on two consecutive buckets for four points with just three minutes into the contest. Though, ULM would respond with a 6-0 run on two Centenary turnovers to pull ahead by six (10-4).

The Warhawks quickly added to their early lead, going up by as many as 16 (24-8) midway through the first-half. Off the bench, freshman Kat Vidovic would drain three treys to give the Ladies some offensive spark, narrowing the deficit to nine (31-22), but that is the closest Centenary would come in the opening 20 minutes as ULM took advantage of 14 turnovers for 17 points.

ULM led 40-28 at half.

Centenary struggled through the first five minutes of play in the second half as ULM would score 10 unanswered points to go up by 22 (50-28).

Daniel's three at 15:37 was Centenary's first basket of the half and would end the ULM threat. Despite being down, Cook challenged the Warhawk defense when she alone went on an 8-0 run on two jumpers, a layup and two free throws with under eight minutes to play.

ULM managed to remain in control the remainder of the game, shooting a solid 66 percent (19-29) in the second half alone.

Centenary finished the night at 39 percent (23-59) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from behind the three-point arc.

Behind Cook and Daniel in scoring for Centenary was Vidovic with nine, Jackson and senior Anne Farrell with eight, while sophomore Jalena Sanders added seven.

ULM was led offensively by Kassie Courtney with 18 points and Sannisha Williams with 16.

The Warhawks out rebounded the Ladies, 37-32. Sanders and Farrell each pulled down a game-high nine boards for Centenary.

Centenary shot just 60 percent (9-15) from the charity stripe, while ULM was slightly better at 71 percent (12-17).

The Ladies will break for the holidays and return to action at Northwestern State on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Tip-off slated for 5:45 pm in Natchitoches, La.