Ladies Face Strong McNeese Squad in Loss; Food Drive a Success
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team wasn't able to answer back to the strong offensive performance by defending Southland Conference champion, McNeese State as it fell 89-32 on Monday evening in non-conference action inside the Gold Dome.

The Ladies' record dropped to 3-7 overall with the loss, while McNeese improved to 9-2 on the year.

Centenary and McNeese teamed up to support the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana by encouraging fans to donate canned goods to the non-profit organization. The turnout was spectacular as the 423+ fans enjoyed a night of hoops, while also helping.

"I really appreciate all the supporters that came out to tonight's game," said Centenary head coach Kristen Davis. "We had a great crowd and collected a ton of canned goods. Both Centenary and McNeese fans were very giving to the canned food drive."

"Being originally from Sulphur, La. (near McNeese State), I know how great Cowgirl fans can be and I experience how great the Shreveport community is everyday."

All proceeds made from admission will accompany the canned goods to support the Food Bank for the holiday season.

Centenary struggled offensively from the tip-off as McNeese State poured in 25 points to the Ladies' two to open the game. The visitors held Centenary to under 10 points until junior Jalena Sanders' layup at the 10:25 mark found the bottom of the net.

A sharp-shooting effort by McNeese led to 51 first-half points, while Centenary was held to 19 at the half.

The Cowgirls' offense didn't let up to open the final 20 minutes as they produced a 31-4 run to pull ahead 82-23 with three minutes to play. The best spark Centenary could make would be the final minutes of play when freshman Taye Hollier hit two free throws and junior Kelly Johnstone drained a three.

Johnstone led the Ladies in scoring with nine points, while juniors Vashni Sharp-Moore and Sanders each added six. Sharp-Moore also led the team with six assists. Freshman Dio Warr paced the team with six rebounds.

Centenary shot 25 percent (11-44) from the floor, hit 3-of-16 for 19 percent from deep. McNeese powered up a 56 percent (37-66) shooting performance, hit 8-of-14 for 57 percent from deep.

The Ladies also trailed on the boards, collecting 18 total rebounds to the Cowgirls' 45. McNeese forced Centenary into 22 turnovers and scored 35 off the miscues.

Centenary will take a week off from play for the holidays and return to action on the road at Southland Conference opponent, Lamar, on December 30 in Beaumont, Texas at 7 pm.