UMKC Shoots Way Past Ladies
Saturday, February 12, 2011
KANSAS CITY, MO-Freshman Kat Vidovic scored a team-best 16 points, though the Centenary women's basketball team was challenged by the offensive prowess of UMKC, falling 96-54 on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Ladies (0-21, 0-14 Summit) were never able to gain an advantage from the start, as UMKC (11-13, 6-7 Summit) drained 13 treys on the afternoon.

UMKC opened with nine unanswered points, holding Centenary without a field goal until senior Ashley Jackson knocked down a jumper at the 17:17 mark. A jumper by Vidovic would make it an eight-point game (14-6), but the Kangaroos continued to shoot the ball well and challenging the Ladies on the boards.

Jackson and Vidovic combined for five points midway through the half to narrow the score to 28-15. Though, UMKC forced the Ladies into back-to-back turnovers to convert on an 8-0 run to gain its largest lead of the half at 23 (40-17) with 6:27 to play.

Senior Anne Farrell and junior Megan Daniel each drained a three to end the run, but a 6-4 tilt in favor of the Kangaroos followed to end the half as Centenary saw itself down 46-27 at the half.

The Ladies never were able to gain ground on UMKC as they continued to take advantage of fast break opportunities, producing a run of six straight with under 12 minutes to play.

Centenary received jumpers from Jackson and Farrell, but saw the Kangaroos extend their lead to 32 (70-42) with 8:30 left to play. The Ladies were never able to narrow the deficit as UMKC continued to pour in the points late in the game.

Vidovic connected on seven points in the final six minutes.

The Kangaroos wrapped up the game with consecutive treys to finish on top, 96-54.

Centenary finished 35 percent (19-55) from the floor. Behind Vidovic in scoring was Jackson with 12 and Cook with nine, followed by Farrell and senior Sarah Weiler with seven.

UMKC was led by Sam Sikkink with 14 points and Peyton Adamson with 11.

The Ladies were out rebounded, 42 to 26. Jackson pulled down a game-best eight boards.

The Kangaroos converted on 14 fast break points and forced Centenary into 18 turnovers on 11 steals.

Centenary will return to action at Southern Utah on Monday. Tip-off is set for 8 pm CT.