Strong First Half Disappears in Loss to IPFW; Jackson Records Career-High 25 Points
Saturday, January 1, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Senior Ashley Jackson fired off a career-best 25 points and classmate Anne Farrell tallied her 13th career double-double, but the offensive dominance of IPFW in the second half proved too much for the Centenary women's basketball team as it dropped a 94-65 contest in the Gold Dome on Friday evening.

The Ladies (0-10, 0-4 Summit) fell to 0-4 in league play with the loss, while IPFW (8-5, 2-2 Summit) improved to 2-2.

Jackson's 25 points led all scorers, as she knocked down an impressive 11-of-13 from the free throw line and 7-of-14 from the field. The senior forward recorded her 46th double-figure scoring effort and surpassed her previous high of 21 points, which came twice and last against IPFW a year ago.

Behind Jackson in scoring were Farrell and junior Megan Daniel with 12 points each. Farrell also led the Ladies in rebounding with a game-best 10 boards for her third double-double this season alone.

After an opening three-pointer by IPFW, Centenary's Daniel laid the ball up to put Centenary on board, which sparked an 11-2 run, giving the Ladies an 11-5 lead with 17:34 mark.

Daniel showcased her strongest start of the season and provided the Ladies with its largest lead of the year at 13 (30-17) with 13:05 left. During that run, Daniel had 10 of her 12 points for Centenary.

IPFW would began to gain the offensive momentum it needed to maintain a solid lead, going on a 10-0 run, holding Centenary scoreless for over four minutes as they narrowed the score to three (30-27).

Tied twice during the final minutes of the first half, the Mastodons gained their first lead since the 19:24 mark on a three-pointer. IPFW would end the first half on an 8-2 run, giving it a nine-point advantage at 49-40 heading into halftime.

Despite playing a strong first half, the Ladies began to give way to a overpowering IPFW offensive, that connected on seven treys in the final 20 minutes. Centenary saw itself down by just eight (57-49) with 13:51 remaining, but the Mastodons began to light up the rim, making all seven long balls in the final seven minutes of play.

A final 27-9 run by IPFW capped a 29-point advantage for the visiting Mastodons. Of the nine Centenary points, the Ladies made 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Centenary shot 40 percent (21-52) from the field, including a strong first half 48 percent (14-29), but were 0-of-7 from the three-point line in the final 20 minutes.

The Ladies produced its best free throw shooting night of the year, making an impressive 19-of-21 from the stripe for 91 percent. Senior Sarah Weiler was a perfect 4-of-4 off the bench.

Behind Jackson, Farrell and Daniel in scoring was freshman Kat Vidovic with seven points.

IPFW shot 52 percent (35-68) from the field and had three players reach double-digits, led by Stephanie Rosado with 25 points and Anne Boese with 24 points.

The Mastodons out rebounded Centenary, 38 to 32. Jackson was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine, behind Farrell's 10.

Centenary will return to action on Monday for a non-conference contest at in-state rival, McNeese State. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.