Strong Start Disappears in Fall at HSU
Friday, December 9, 2011
ABILENE, Texas-The Centenary women's basketball team let a strong first half effort slip away when it fell 82-69 to Hardin-Simmons on Thursday evening on the road.

The Ladies' win streak was snapped as they fell to 2-5 on the year with the loss.

Centenary was led by senior Megan Daniel's 21-point performance on five made free throws and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Junior Vashni Sharp-Moore followed with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists, while junior Jalena Sanders knocked down 11 points.

Also scoring for Centenary was freshman Dio Warr with eight points, junior Tandrea Shamblin with seven and freshman Ronny Kendrick with six.

Centenary fell down 6-0 after Hardin-Simmons' shots fell early. Sharp-Moore notched the Ladies' first goal at the 16:43 mark. Centenary got within one (12-11) after Shamblin and Daniel sank treys.

With 13:20 left, Centenary took its first lead by one on a jumper by Warr. Daniel put Centenary up by five (23-18) with nine minutes left on back-to-back long balls. Hardin-Simmons responded with eight unanswered points to regain the lead.

A competitive battle ended in a 36-35 halftime score with Hardin-Simmons holding the lead.

Daniel's early three put Centenary back on top as Sharp-Moore continued to stay consistent, keeping the score within one point. Hardin-Simmons broke loose on seven unanswered points to grab a 51-44 lead with 12:17 left.

A three-point play by Sanders kept Hardin-Simmons from extending its lead as the Ladies fought to make it a 2-point game. The home team managed to respond to Centenary's comeback with four straight points to hold a slight edge midway through the final 20 minutes of play.

Hardin-Simmons went on a 20-5 run to dynamically change the score, pulling ahead by as many as 22 (80-62) with just over a minute to play.

Centenary shot 37 percent (21-57) from the floor and 83 percent (20-24) from the free throw line. The Ladies were out rebounded 49-29.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday when it travels across town to McMurry for a 1 pm tip-off.