Ladies Fall 83-54 to Southeastern in Exhibition Play
Saturday, November 12, 2011
HAMMOND, La.-The Centenary women's basketball team dropped an 83-54 exhibition contest to Southland Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana on Friday evening on the road.

The Ladies held their own for much of the opening half, before the Lady Lions' size advantage and inside game took hold in the final 20 minutes of play.

Centenary had three Ladies score in double-figures as junior Vashni Sharp-Moore led with 11. Freshman Dio Warr, off the bench, dropped in 10 points on two treys and 4-of-9 from the floor, while senior Megan Daniel added 10 as well.

Sophomore Tandrea Shamblin and junior Jalena Sanders each had eight, while junior Kelly Johnstone contributed with seven.

Sanders led Centenary on the boards with nine and Shamblin followed with eight.

It was a 0-0 ball game as both teams showcased a strong defensive effort for the first four minutes of play. It was the Lady Lions' three-point play at 16:16 that got the scoring going. Centenary answered at 15:07 when Sharp-Moore drove to the basket for two.

A balanced effort from both teams quickly gave way to a 5-0 run by Southeastern, taking a 14-6 lead with 12:30 left to play. Centenary's Daniel produced seven straight for the Ladies to narrow the early deficit at 23-17 with eight minutes left.

Southeastern's inside game remained steady in the final minutes of the first half, but Centenary stayed composed as Shamblin and Warr added some late spark for the Ladies with seven points.

Centenary trailed 39-26 at the half.

The Lady Lions opened the second half taking advantage of the size difference of Centenary, going on an early 14-8 run all on points in the paint. Southeastern took a 20-point lead at 53-33 with 13:26 left. During the run, Sanders put in four points, while Johnstone drained a three and dished off two assists.

Several fast breaks by the Lady Lions challenged the Ladies up the floor, forcing Centenary to late second-half turnovers and doubling its scoring effort to pull ahead 68-41 with eight minutes to play.

Forced to create pressure inside, Centenary's defense struggled against Southeastern's inside game, falling down by 29 at 77-48 on an 8-3 run. The Ladies were held scoreless for three minutes until Sharp-Moore drained two free throws with 3:50 left in the game.

Centenary shot 36 percent (21-59) on the night, while Southeastern was 32-71 for 45 percent. 13 Lady Lions saw the scoring column to the Ladies' six.

Southeastern outrebounded Centenary by just one, 42-41.

The biggest difference was Centenary's 31 turnovers to Southeastern's 17. The Lady Lions scored 21 points off of the Ladies' miscues.

Centenary will open the 2011-12 season officially on Tuesday when it travels to Northwestern State for a 7 pm tip-off.