Ladies Tested by I-49 Rival; Strong Start Disappears in 98-56 Fall
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
NATCHITOCHES, La.-The Centenary women's basketball team faced a sharp-shooting Northwestern State team, sending the Ladies home with a 98-56 loss on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

The Ladies (0-4) saw its early lead disappear and was challenged by a 57 percent shooting performance from the floor by the Lady Demons (3-4).

Four Centenary scorers reached double-figures, led by junior Megan Daniel with 12 points, tying her career-best on a 4-of-9 effort from behind the three-point arc.

Behind Daniel in scoring were senior Ashley Jackson and freshman Kat Vidovic with 11 points and senior Anne Farrell with 10.

It was a hot start for Centenary as they used six points from Jackson and two three-pointers off the hands of Daniel to gain an early lead, going up by as many as four (10-6) with 16:30 to play.

Northwestern State, though, would garner its first lead since the opening seconds when the Lady Demons went on a 10-3 run. Up 19-15, Daniel would drain another trey to narrow the score within one (19-18) midway through the half.

Centenary, however, would run into some shooting struggles as Northwestern State used yet another run, a 12-0 tilt on four three pointers to go up 31-18. The Ladies were held to just two field goals in the final five minutes of play as Northwestern State would capitalize on turnovers and increase its lead to 24 (54-30) heading into the final half.

It was a slow second-half start for the Ladies as Northwestern State ran the floor, challenging Centenary in the paint early. After falling down 66-35 on a 12-5 run, the Ladies would use a three by Vidovic, her second of the night and three points by sophomore Jalena Sanders to spark six straight points.

When it looked like Centenary was gaining some momentum, Northwestern State continued its sharp shooting from deep, extending its lead to 38 (86-48) with just under six minutes to play.

Late turnovers began to build for Centenary and Northwestern State's shots continued to fall. Vidovic scored the Ladies final five points on a three and a drive to the basket, but it was the Lady Demons who walked away with a 98-56 victory.

Centenary shot 33 percent (18-54) from the field and 44 percent (8-18) from deep, while Northwestern State was better at 57 percent (39-69) from the floor and drained 12 treys for 43 percent.

Jasmine Bradley led the Lady Demons with 19 points, while Jasmine Upchurch added 17.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 44-30. Sanders led Centenary on the boards with eight, while Daniel pulled down seven rebounds for a career-best.

A key difference maker in the game was Northwestern State's 56 points in the paint compared to Centenary's 10 and the Lady Demon's 26 points scored off of 21 turnovers by the Ladies.

Centenary will hit the road for its Summit League opener at Western Illinois on Saturday. Tip-off set for 4:30 pm, followed by a 7 pm contest at IUPUI on Monday.