Ladies Suffer Loss to Oakland
Thursday, December 30, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Senior Ashley Jackson recorded a career-best 14 rebounds and produced her second straight double-double with a team-high 16 points, but the Centenary women's basketball team was challenged by Oakland, falling 87-58, on Wednesday evening in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies fell to 0-9 on the season and 0-3 in Summit League play with the loss and the Golden Grizzlies improved to 9-5 and 3-0 in league action.

Following Jackson in the scoring column for Centenary was senior Anne Farrell with 15 points on a 6-of-7 effort from the floor, while junior Megan Daniel added 10.

For the first seven minutes of play, Centenary and Oakland would trade baskets, before Farrell's free throw would tie the game at 12-12 at the 13:27 mark. That point marked the closest the Ladies would come the remainder of the game.

Down by as many as 11 (32-21) with 6:33 to play, Centenary began an offensive surge as senior Sarah Weiler, who was seeing action in her first contest of the year due to an injury, gave the Ladies some spark off the bench. Weiler chipped in with four points on a 10-1 run by Centenary to narrow the score to three (34-31) with just over three minutes to play.

Oakland would respond with its own 10-1 tilt on three straight baskets in the paint. Regaining a convincing lead, the Golden Grizzlies would end the first half up by 10 (44-34).

A lackluster start to the second half for Centenary resulted in 12 unanswered points by Oakland to extend their lead to 22 (56-34). A lay up by Farrell would give the Ladies its first field goal of the half after four minutes had passed.

The closest the Ladies would come in the final 10 minutes of play would be 20 when they put together a quick 6-0 run on back-to-back treys from sophomore Ne-Ne Cook and Daniel.

Inside offensive dominance by Oakland gave them 62 points in the paint to Centenary's 28. The Golden Grizzlies finished the night, shooting 55 percent (36-66) from the floor and had four players reach double-figures.

Zakiya Minifee and Bethany Watterworth each poured in a game-high 21 points, while Minifee tallied a double-double with 10 boards. Brittany Carnago added 14, while Elizabeth Hamlet chipped in with 10.

Centenary shot 39 percent (21-54) from the field, but only managed to hit 65 percent (13-20) from the free throw line. Behind Jackson, Farrell and Daniel in scoring was Cook with nine and a team-best five assists.

The Ladies were out rebounded 39 to 33.

Centenary's turnover total was held to just 16, but Oakland was better with just seven miscues.

The Ladies will return to action on Friday when they host IPFW at 5 pm in the Gold Dome.