Impressive Showing Falls Short for Ladies
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team displayed its best showing of the season, despite falling 71-62 to North Dakota State on Monday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (0-20, 0-13 Summit) created a scare, tying the game at 58-58 with six minutes left in the game, but the Bison (11-12, 7-6 Summit) would prevail late for the win.

Centenary had three players reach double figures, led by a season-best 19 points from senior Anne Farrell. Classmate Ashley Jackson added 18 and sophomore Ne-Ne Cook was a perfect 3-of-3 from deep for 13 points.

The Ladies, uniquely played the entire game with six reaching the floor as freshman Kat Vidovic, Cook and junior Megan Daniel all played 40 minutes.

From the start, Centenary remained confident and active both on the offensive and defensive end. Despite falling down by seven (14-7) early, the Ladies responded with two treys from Vidovic and Cook and a jumper from Jackson to take over its first lead at one (15-14) at the 13:18 mark.

North Dakota State began to unravel a sharp offense, challenging the Ladies with a 7-2 run, going up by six (29-23). A three by Daniel would cut the deficit to one with 2:15 left in the first half.

The Bison would finish with an 8-3 response to gain a 39-33 advantage at the half.

NDSU jumped to a 10-point lead (43-33) after back-to-back jumpers. Centenary seniors took control in the next few possessions to make it a two-point game (45-43) as Jackson and Farrell combined for the next 10 Ladies points.

Centenary continued to remain within arms reach of the Bison midway through the final half, gaining its only lead at one (54-53) with 10:07 left.

North Dakota State offense found a way to stretch its lead to nine, holding the Ladies to just one field goal in the final six minutes of play as the Bison garnered a nine-point win.

Centenary shot 44 percent (24-55) on the night and hit 6-of-13 from behind the arc for 46 percent. Behind Farrell, Jackson, and Cook in scoring as Vidovic with five, senior Sarah Weiler with four and Daniel with three.

North Dakota State finished with a 51 percent (27-53) shooting performance, led by Katie Birkel's 15 points. Abby Plucker finished with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Centenary managed to keep its turnover total down at 12 and executed 10 points off of 11 Bison turnovers.

Both teams finished with an even 32 rebounds. Centenary was led by Farrell with nine.

Farrell also added three assists and three steals.

"That was obviously the best ball game we have played as a team all season and it showed in our numbers. We were able to execute and rebound and I am proud of the way we fought," said head coach Kristen Davis.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday, February 12 at UMKC in a 4 pm CT tip-off.