Strong Runs to End Both Halves Pushes Centenary past Millsaps, 54-46
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Millsaps (2-1)
Centenary (2-1)
11/21/2015 | Shreveport, La. (Gold Dome) | Attendance: 0
FG Percentage.243 (17-70) .395 (17-43)
3P FG Percentage.167 (4-24) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .533 (16-30)
Offensive Rebounds2112
Defensive Rebounds1933
Total Rebounds4045
Bench Points1911
Statistical LeadersMILLSAPSCENTWB
PointsKasi Matthews - 9
Kala-Jewel Freeman - 9
Briana Edwards - 13
ReboundsKala-Jewel Freeman - 11
Briana Edwards - 18
AssistsMarissa Taylor - 4
Savanah Doty - 4
StealsKasi Matthews - 4
Jasmine Morris - 2
Sheridan Smith - 2
BlocksBraxton Thomas - 2
Briana Edwards - 3

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies saw a double-digit lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, but the Majors could not overcome a strong end to the game by the home team as Centenary (2-1) handed Millsaps (2-1) its first loss of the season, 54-46, Saturday afternoon (November 21) in game two of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference/Southern Athletic Association classic.

The Maroon and White led by 12 early in the third, but Millsaps tied the game on a layup after two offensive rebounds with 6:33 left in the game. Centenary responded with a 10-2 run to close the contest. Sophomore Samantha Lyons hit a triple on a pass from classmate Jessica Bruti. After freshman Jamine Morris was whistled for an offensive foul, she atoned for the mistake when she forced a steal and went right to the hoop for a fastbreak layup.

Lyons split from the line and junior DeiAnna Hall added a jumper to cap nine unanswered to put Centenary up 53-44 with 2:38 left. Millsaps added a fastbreak layup with a minute left, but Hall split from the line for the final eight-point margin.

The Maroon and White held Millsaps to just 24.3 percent (17-70) shooting for the game, including 4-24 (16.7 percent) from distance. Meanwhile, the Ladies made 39.5 percent (17-43) of their shots. Senior Briana Edward notched her first double-double of the season with 18 boards and 13 points.

With Centenary down two with 7:40 left in the first half, the Ladies finished the half with 11 unanswered and never trailed the rest of the game. Junior Linda Gomez Gil tied it up with a layup and freshman Erin Temple put Centenary ahead with a pair from the line. Freshman Sheridan Smith added a layup, Edwards split from the line and Gomez Gil hit a jumper to put the Ladies up 27-18 heading into halftime.

A 14-3 run by the Majors to end the third and into the fourth quarter tied the game at 44. Marissa Taylor split from the line and made a layup to end the third. Kala-Jewell Freeman begin the final quarter with a jumper off a fast break and a pair of free throws to cap seven straight for the visitors and cut the lead to four. Edward split from the line before both teams traded baskets and Taylor hit a triple to cut the lead to two.

Braxton Thomas tied it up the game with 6:33 left on an offensive putback to tie the game at 44.

Freeman led the visitors with 11 boards and nine points.

Centenary closes out the weekend when it takes on Hendrix tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Warriors were handed their first loss on Saturday when they gave up the final 14 points of the game to lose to Austin College 66-65.