Ladies earn first conference win
Saturday, December 15, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

Irving, Texas – It was a thriller at University of Dallas Saturday afternoon as the Ladies notched a huge overtime win 65-64. Centenary (2-7, 1-2 SCAC) women’s basketball team earned its second win in the last three games and also got its first conference win in the SCAC. University of Dallas (5-2, 0-1 SCAC) would end a four game winning streak and drop its conference opener.

The Ladies jumped out to a 4-0 lead on back-to-back field goals by Vashni Sharp-Moore. The contest was back and forth in the first half until the Ladies gained a little momentum near the end. A three pointer by Dionecia Warr extended Centenary’s largest lead of the night by 8 with a score of 30-22. The Ladies were up 30-24 at halftime.

University of Dallas opened the next half with five straight points before a Brianna Edward’s jumper ended the run. A layup by Colleen Campbell gave the Crusaders the lead for the first time in the second half with 12:00 minutes remaining. It would remain back and forth with both teams exchanging leads until the very end. Down 58-57, Warr made the play of the night getting a steal with 5 seconds left and being fouled for a chance to take the lead at the free throw line. However, Warr missed the first one, but netted the second one to secure a 58-58 tie at the end of regulation.

Playing its first overtime game of the year, Centenary held tough with the Crusaders exchanging baskets the entire time. Once again the game would come down to the last possession this time with the Ladies up 65-64 after Edwards went 1-for-2 from the free throw line. Edwards wasn’t done making big plays as she made a spectacular defensive block that prevented the Crusaders from getting the lead. A last effort three point shot by Kylie Yoshimura was off as the Ladies earned an impressive win.

Warr led all scorers with 23 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and swiped a team high 6 steals. Sharp-Moore, who played all 45 minutes, continued her excellent season by contributing 15 points. Francesca Lawrence had a career and season high 9 rebounds which, along with Sharp-Moore, tied for a team high. Caitlyn Gentry extended her career and season high in scoring with 12 points. Edwards had three blocks for a team high, with one of them being a deciding difference in the game.

Christy Allen had the only double-double for a team high 17 points and 15 rebounds. Brooke Hagemann was short by one, putting up 15 points and 9 rebounds. Yoshimura added 13.

The Ladies will remain at University of Dallas and play again Monday at 5:30 p.m.