Tough Night for Ladies at IUPUI
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-The Centenary women's basketball team wasn't able to find an answer at IUPUI, falling 74-46 on Monday evening in Summit League action.

The Ladies (0-6, 0-2 Summit) were never able to regain the first half lead they saw early and were haunted by a season-high 31 turnovers on 16 Jaguar steals.

Sophomore Ne-Ne Cook led the offense with 16 points, while classmate Vashni Sharp-Moore and senior Ashley Jackson chipped in with 12 and 10, respectively.

IUPUI went up 8-0 to open the game and held Centenary scoreless for the first three minutes. It was the 17:09 mark that sparked a strong offensive run by the Ladies as Jackson connected on the first basket, a three-point play.

The Ladies' run consisted of back-to-back three pointers from Sharp-Moore and Cook and gave Centenary a five-point lead at 13-8 with 15 minutes left to play. IUPUI wouldn't back down as it produced its own run, challenging the Ladies with a 19-3 tilt to go ahead 27-16 midway through the half.

Centenary was haunted by 12 turnovers and not a single field goal for 11 straight minutes as IUPUI continued to extend its lead. Cook's jumper at 4:44 snapped the Ladies skid as the sophomore guard managed to fire off a three for five straight.

With seven consecutive points, Centenary managed to trim the deficit to four (27-23) when Sharp-Moore's jumper finds the bottom of the net at 3:28. IUPUI finished off the first half with nine points to lead 36-23 at half.

Centenary struggled with miscues to open the second half, committing six turnovers before it recorded a basket. During that time, IUPUI would add 12 points to its first-half lead.

It took nearly six minutes for the Ladies to nail the first shot from the field. As IUPUI remained in control for the rest of the game, Centenary would show light from the free throw line, knocking down 10-of-11 free throws in a 14-minute time frame.

46 Points in the paint by the Jaguars proved too much as the Ladies were challenged the entire night under the basket.

Centenary shot just 29 percent (12-42) from the floor, but was a solid 75 percent (18-24) from the free throw line.

IUPUI was much better from the field, connecting on 30-of-63 for 48 percent. Janna Eichelberger had a game-high 21 points.

Centenary was out rebounded, 38-32. Sharp-Moore pulled down a career-best eight boards, while Jackson recorded seven.

The Ladies will return home to host UL-Lafayette on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 pm in the Gold Dome. Live stats on www.GoCentenary.com will be available.