Ladies snap streak against Rhodes
Saturday, December 29, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

Birmingham, Al – Five Ladies reached double-figures in scoring Saturday night, but a late run at the end would not be enough as the Ladies fell to Rhodes in the first game of the BSC Sheraton Classic 86-79. The loss snaps a two game winning streak for Centenary (3-8), while Rhodes (8-1) extended its winning streak to three games.

After Rhodes took the first lead of the night, Centenary responded with a three pointer by Caitlyn Gentry to put Centenary on top 3-2. It would be back and forth over the first seven minutes until Rhodes went on a 7-0 run to go up 24-13 about midway through the first half. Rhodes would push its lead to as many as 15, but Centenary would always find a way to remain in the game and were only down 46-36 at halftime.

The second half was a similar story for the Ladies and would find themselves down 17 with 11:37 to go in the game. Centenary would answer with a 10-0 run to narrow the deficit and get back in the game. However, Centenary would never come closer than 7 points, which is what the final score ended up being by.

Vashni Sharp-Moore led the Ladies in scoring and rebounding with 19 and 11 respectively for one of the two double-doubles in the game. Dionecia Warr and Rebecca Thompson followed with 14 points each. Gentry matched her career and season high with 12 points, while Brianna Edwards was the fifth player in double figures for Centenary with 11. Emmeline Richard had a big day on the boards, pulling down 9 rebounds to follow Sharp-Moore. The Ladies would hold the rebounding edge 57-44.

Rhodes also had five players in double figures, led by Lauren Avant with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the other double-double in the game. Catherine Eckert was right behind with 18 points going 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. Sarah Johnson, Madison Butler, and Sarah Womack contributed 14, 12, and 11 points respectively.

The Ladies continue action in the BSC Sheraton Classic Sunday against Birmingham Southern College at 3 p.m.