Ladies Dominate From Tip-Off in 77-62 Win
Saturday, January 21, 2012
TYLER, Texas-Four starters reached double-figures as the Centenary women's basketball team cruised to a convincing 77-62 win over UT-Tyler on Saturday afternoon on the road.

With the win, the Ladies improved to 6-12 overall under second-year head coach Kristen Davis.

Centenary was led in scoring by junior Jalena Sanders with 20 points on a 9-of-15 effort from the floor. Following Sanders was junior Vashni Sharp-Moore with 18 on 7-of-10, while senior Megan Daniel and junior Kelly Johnstone combined for six of the Ladies' eight treys for 14 points each. Also knocking down some key shots was freshman Derrany Thomas with nine points off the bench.

The Ladies finished the contest, shooting 58 percent (30-52) from the floor and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Centenary led in rebounding with 29 over UT-Tyler's 28. Daniel paced the Ladies with six boards, followed by Sharp-Moore with five.

The Ladies grabbed their first lead of the game at the 16:52 mark on a jumper by Sanders and never looked back.

Tied again at 15:53, Centenary went on a 9-0 run and held UT-Tyler scoreless for five minutes to take a 17-8 lead with 12 minutes left.

The Patriots responded over the next five minutes to narrow the deficit to four (25-21) with 6:08 left, but five straight points by Daniel kept the Ladies on top.

Centenary went up by as many as 12 (39-27) in the first half and led 39-30 at the half.

A 14-1 surge to open the final 20 minutes put the Ladies in good shape as they went up by 22 (53-31) with 14:55 on the clock. Another seven unanswered points by Centenary midway brought them to a 26-point lead (71-45).

UT-Tyler finished on an 18-5 run, but Centenary closed out with a 77-62 win following a great start.

Despite committing 24 turnovers, Centenary forced 23 turnovers on 19 steals as Sharp-Moore and Johnstone garnered five each.

Centenary will return to action when it hosts UT-Dallas on Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Gold Dome.