Ladies Suffer League-Opening Loss
Sunday, December 5, 2010
MACOMB, Ill.-Three Ladies scored in double-figures, though the Centenary women's basketball team was out rebounded and forced into 28 turnovers, falling to Western Illinois, 68-55, on Saturday evening in its Summit League opener.

The Ladies (0-5, 0-1 Summit) who were still looking for their first win of the season, had strong offensive performances from senior Ashley Jackson, who put up a season-best 17 points on an 8-of-14 shooting effort.

Sophomore Vashni Sharp-Moore notched a career-best 15 points and pulled down another career-best, seven boards to lead the Ladies on the boards. Junior Megan Daniel also added 10 points for her third straight double-digit scoring game.

Western Illinois went up 8-5, but Daniel's three tied the game at 8-8 early. Centenary managed to take its first lead on a jumper by Sharp-Moore at 14:25. The Ladies continued to showcase a solid offensive game, going on an 8-0 run.

The Fighting Leathernecks snapped the run on a jumper to make it a three-point game (13-10), but Jackson would showcase her scoring abilities with the Ladies next 11 points. Despite a consistent effort from Jackson in the forward position, Western Illinois would continue to scrap its way to a one-point game at 19-18 midway through the half.

Centenary gave up its lead when the Fighting Leathernecks put together a 7-0 run with five minutes to play. Down 25-21, Centenary's Daniel and sophomore Ne-Ne Cook each drained consecutive treys to even the score at 27-27 with under three minutes to play in the opening half.

Sharp-Moore's layup put the Ladies back on top for the final time of the half at 29-27, until Western Illinois took advantage of several late Centenary fouls and turnovers to score the final four points, taking a 31-29 lead into the second half.

Western Illinois opened the final half with an 8-0 run and held Centenary scoreless for the first six minutes. Sharp-Moore's jumper was the first field goal the Ladies would find hit the bottom of the net at the 13:09 mark as they saw themselves down by 10 (45-35).

Following freshman Kat Vidovic's two made free throws, Western Illinois would challenge the Ladies, forcing turnovers to go on a 10-2 run and take a 21-point lead (62-41) with just over six minutes to play.

Centenary got a boost offensively, led by Sharp-Moore's four points to produce a 9-1 run to narrow the late deficit to 10, however, that was the closest the Ladies would come.

Western Illinois forced Centenary into 28 turnovers, a season-high.

The Ladies shot a decent 43 percent (20-47) from the field and 35 percent (6-17) from behind the three-point arc.

The Fighting Leathernecks finished 41 percent (27-66) from the floor. Sadie Webb led the way with 15 points.

Centenary was out rebounded, 43-28. Behind Sharp-Moore's seven boards were Daniel and sophomore Jalena Sanders with six.

The Ladies will return to action on Monday in a 6 pm CT contest at IUPUI. Fans can follow all game action on www.IUPUIjags.com.