SHREVEPORT—The Centenary women's basketball team was never able to gain offensive momentum as it faced a strong shooting performance by UMKC, falling 98-49, on Monday evening in Summit League action.
The Ladies (0-15, 0-8 Summit) were held without a field goal in the second half for 10 minutes, which extended UMKC's early lead to build a 50-point advantage late in the game.
Leading the way offensively for Centenary was senior Ashley Jackson with 17 points on 13 free throws. Freshman Kat Vidovic added 10 points on two made treys for her second double-figure scoring game.
Centenary played well throughout the first half, trading baskets with UMKC until the 16-minute mark when the Kangaroos went on a 17-3 run to make it 27-10.
Junior Megan Daniel broke the Kangaroo run with a three-pointer (10:14). Vidovic continued the short 6-0 run by the Ladies with a three-pointer of her own at the 8:58 mark.
UMKC would extend its lead to 17 once more in the first half using a 6-1 run over the Ladies, giving the Kangaroos momentum into the second half.
The second half began with a 36-7 run by UMKC which finally ended at the 6:56 mark with two made free-throws by Vidovic.
The Kangaroos would not allow the Ladies a field goal for ten solid minutes during their long run.
UMKC extended its halftime lead of 15 points to its largest of the game at 51 points (92-41) until the 3:20 mark with a made free throw by freshman Tandrea Shamblin.
Centenary struggled from the floor in the second half, producing just a 14 percent shooting effort during the final 20 minutes, including a 0-of-5 performance from behind the three-point line.
The Ladies finished the night, shooting 26 percent (13-50) from the field. Centenary was 75 percent (19-25) from the free throw line. Behind Jackson and Vidovic in scoring was senior Anne Farrell with eight points. Daniel added six, while sophomore Ne-Ne Cook with five.
UMKC shot an impressive 58 percent (38-66) and was 21-of-33 for 64 percent in the second half alone. The Kangaroos dominated in the paint with 54 points to Centenary's 16. Five UMKC players scored in double-figures, led by Peyton Adamson with 14 points and Ashli Hill with 12.
Centenary was out rebounded 47 to 24 and allowed UMKC to score 26 second-chance points. Cook, Farrell and Jackson each had five rebounds for the Ladies. Brianna Eldridge paced UMKC with seven boards.
The Ladies were forced into 20 turnovers on 13 steals by UMKC.
Centenary will return to action when it travels to Summit League-leader Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2:05 pm in Tulsa, Okla.
(Courtesy: Centenary Athletics Department)