Ladies Can't Find Answer at McNeese; Fall 88-52
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LAKE CHARLES, La.-Sophomore Jalena Sanders scored a career-best 16 points, but the inside dominance of McNeese was too much for the Centenary women's basketball team in a 88-52 non-conference loss on Monday evening in Lake Charles, La.

The Ladies (0-11) were never able to build on its late first-half momentum, as McNeese (8-5) fired off 52 points in the paint.

Sanders led Centenary on a 7-of-10 effort from the floor, surpassing her previous high of 10 points, which came at IPFW a year ago. Following the forward in scoring was sophomore Ne-Ne Cook with 13 points.

McNeese opened with a 9-0 run and forced Centenary into several early fouls, before the Ladies could score its first basket, a free throw by Cook at the 16:40 mark. Sanders hit Centenary's first field goal just seconds after to make it an 11-3 game.

The Cowgirls continued to build on its lead, producing 11 unanswered points to gain a 22-3 lead midway through the half. Senior Ashley Jackson would score the next four for Centenary on a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line.

However, it seemed as if McNeese had full control of the first half, holding the Ladies to just its second field goal with 7:13 to play on a jumper by senior Sarah Weiler.

With five minutes to play, the Cowgirls' inside game continued its dominance, collecting 16 offensive rebounds, as they went up 30-11 before Centenary sparked its late first-half run.

In the final five minutes of play, the Ladies showed its range from deep as freshman Kat Vidovic and Cook each fired off three-pointers en route to a 15-8 tilt to challenge McNeese with a 40-26 halftime score.

The Cowgirls opened the second half with three consecutive treys and again managed to spark a 14-1 run before Centenary would hit its first field goal. Sanders scored the next 10 points for the Ladies and McNeese gained a 30-point advantage (67-37) with just over 10 minutes to play.

Cook and sophomore Megan Daniel drained treys but McNeese continued to outrebound and out power the Ladies inside the paint as it maintained its convincing lead.

Centenary finished the night, shooting 33 percent (15-46) and was 28 percent (5-18) from behind the three-point line. The Ladies made 17-of-24 from the free throw line for 71 percent. Behind Sanders and Cook were Vidovic and Weiler with six points.

McNeese was better from the field at 49 percent (37-75), led by Kiara Johnson's 14 points.

A key difference in the contest was the Cowgirls' 51 rebounds to the Ladies' 25. Weiler and Sanders led Centenary with five boards apiece.

The Ladies wrap up their non-conference schedule and return to Summit League this weekend as they meet North Dakota State on Saturday at 5 pm CT and South Dakota State on Monday at 7 pm CT.