Team Effort Headlines Ladies' 71-67 Win Over TLU
Friday, December 2, 2011

SHREVEPORT-In its first home game of the 2011-12 season, the Centenary women's basketball team used a balanced team effort to grab its first win of the year in a 71-67 victory over Texas Lutheran on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies improved to 1-4 on the year and 1-3 against ASC opponents, while second-year head coach Kristen Davis picked up her second win of her short career after winning one a year ago.

Centenary was sparked by five players reaching double-figure scoring, led by junior Jalena Sanders with 15 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double this season. Junior Vashni Sharp-Moore contributed with 14 points and dished off a career-high nine assists, while senior Megan Daniel added 12 points and played all 40 minutes of action.

Also scoring in double-figures was freshman Dio Warr with 11 and junior Kelly Johnstone with 10, while sophomore Tandrea Shamblin added nine.

Centenary showcased a valiant effort on the offensive end, firing off 48 percent (25-52) from the floor, while countering that attack with 10 steals and four blocks on the defensive end.

Sanders tallied all four blocks for the Ladies, a career-best for the Ruston, La. native.

Despite shooting poorly from the free throw line, Centenary did force Texas Lutheran into 20 turnovers, which resulted in 19 points in a very balanced game.

Centenary controlled the early minutes of the game, going up by as many as six (12-6) through the first seven minutes. Texas Lutheran began to chip away at the Ladies' lead after a 12-3 run, taking over by one midway through the half.

Sharp shooting by Daniel, Sharp-Moore, and Johnstone allowed the Ladies to make a run of their own, regaining an eight-point lead (30-22) with 5:25 left in the half. Nine unanswered points by the Bulldogs in the last two minutes put them up by one at 34-33 at the half.

Centenary never trailed in the final 20 minutes after
Daniel's third three-pointer put the Ladies on top for the last time in the early minutes of play. A fairly consistent second-half effort allowed the Ladies to play with a solid lead, going up by as many as 10 (60-50) with just over eight minutes left in the game.

A Texas Lutheran scare narrowed the Ladies' lead to three (67-64) with under five minutes left, but late free throws by Warr sealed the win.

Texas Lutheran shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field, led by Rebecca Valdez' 14 points.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Schreiner at 1 pm in the Gold Dome.