Jackson Reaches 1,000 Career Points; Ladies See First Half Lead Slip Away
Saturday, January 15, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Career highs by sophomore Ne-Ne Cook and freshman Kat Vidovic weren't enough to build on a first half lead as the Centenary women's basketball team dropped an 89-76 contest to Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Ladies (0-14, 0-7 Summit) battled a strong rebounding performance by the Thunderbirds (10-7, 4-2 Summit) as they were out played on the boards 54 to 23.

Cook led Centenary with 19 points, surpassing her previous career-best of 18 points. The guard was 8-of-10 from the free throw line, while Vidovic drained three treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe for 18 points.

On Jackson's last shot attempt and one minute left in the game, the senior drained her 1,000th career point to become the fourth member in Centenary women's basketball history to reach the milestone. She finished the night with 16 points.

Junior Megan Daniel wrapped up the night with 13 points with three long balls made to give the Ladies four players in double figures for the game.

Centenary built a first half lead late in the opening 20 minutes after being down 10-1 during the first five minutes of play. Back-to-back three-pointers by Daniel and Vidovic narrowed the score to five (16-11) with 13:23 left to play.

After being back down by 10, Centenary produced an 11-2 run on threes by Vidovic and Daniel once again. Weiler hit four straight for the Ladies with under seven minutes to play and Vidovic would score six of the Ladies last 14 points to give Centenary its first lead of the game with 1:33 on the clock.

Jackson's lay up built a three-point lead for Centenary and wrapped up the half with a two-point lead (40-38), the first opening half lead of the season for the Ladies.

Southern Utah would never back down in the final 20 minutes of play and gained an 18-point lead (71-53) with 7:38 left. The Ladies were never able to regain late momentum, coming as close as just 12 points on free throws by Jackson with 2:18 remaining.

Centenary shot 36 percent (21-59) from the floor and hit 7-of-14 for 50 percent from the free throw line. The Ladies were also very solid from the free throw line, missing just three for 90 percent (27-30).

Southern Utah finished 50 percent (36-72) from the floor, led by a game-best 23 points from Caitlyn Sears. Chanel Thorley added 16 in the effort.

The Thunderbirds out rebounded Centenary 54 to 23. Jackson led the Ladies with six boards, while SUU's Challis Pascucci pulled down 10.

Centenary forced the Thunderbirds into 23 turnovers, but rebounding proved to be the key difference in the outcome.

The Ladies will return to action on Monday at 7 pm against UMKC in the Gold Dome.