Senior Duo Records Double-Doubles; Ladies Edged by SUU, 73-63
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
CEDAR CITY, Utah-Despite winning the second half and having seniors Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell each post double-doubles and four players reach 13 points, the Centenary women's basketball team was edged by Southern Utah, 73-63, on Monday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies (0-22, 0-15 Summit) trailed by 15 points at the half, but fired off 37-second half points to narrow the score by 10. Centenary battled Southern Utah (13-12, 7-7 Summit) after the Thunderbirds recorded a 101-93 over the undefeated ORU Golden Eagles a game ago.

Jackson, Farrell joined freshman Kat Vidovic and sophomore Ne-Ne Cook in the double-figure scoring column with 13 points apiece. Cook, Vidovic and Farrell all hit five field goals, while Jackson drained 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Southern Utah managed to out rebound the Ladies by 12 (56-44), but Jackson pulled down a game-best 15 boards to notch her 12th career double-double and sixth this season, while Farrell was five shy at 10 for her 14th career double-double and fourth of the year.

The Thunderbirds jumped out to an early start with a 10-1 lead, holding Centenary without a field goal until Farrell's jumper hit bank at the 17:36 mark. Vidovic's three shortly after made it a four-point game (10-6).

However, Southern Utah stretched its lead to 21-8 with 12:08 to play on an 11-2 run. Cook would hit a mid-range jumper that followed free throws from Jackson to narrow the score to eight (23-15). With three minutes to play in the opening half, Southern Utah gained an 8-2 tilt to go up 35-19.

Junior Megan Daniel sank a three, while Vidovic and sophomore Jalena Sanders each laid the ball up for two for seven points in the final two minutes of play. Though, the Thunderbirds would remain consistent, holding onto their respectable lead with a 41-26 advantage entering the second half.

After an opening second-half bucket by Southern Utah, Centenary's Jackson and Farrell combined for six unanswered points to pull within 11 (43-32).

Midway through the final half, the Ladies used a 10-4 run, which included five points from Daniel to challenge to Thunderbirds with a nine-point deficit (53-44). Centenary would begin to see its chances slipping when Southern Utah rallied for eight straight to gain a 17-point lead (64-47) with 5:30 left.

Centenary would again, respond in sharp fashion with an 16-9 run of its own to add some late-game scare to Southern Utah, coming as close as six (67-61) with less than a minute remaining. The Thunderbirds finished 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute of play.

The Ladies shot 34 percent (21-61) from the floor and drained five treys. Behind the quad's 13 points each was Daniel with nine Sanders with two.

Southern Utah out shot the Ladies with a 37 percent (28-76) performance. Caitlyn Sears led all scorers with 14 points, while Carli Moreland recorded a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Thunderbirds forced the Ladies into 17 turnovers on 12 steals for 18 points.

Centenary will return home to close out the 2010-11 season with three final contests. First up is Oral Roberts on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 pm in the Gold Dome. The game will be the Ladies' "Think Pink" game to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. All fans are admitted free of charge.