WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Late basket lifts Centenary past LeTourneau
SHREVEPORT, La. – Jalena Sanders converted a layup as time expired to lift the Centenary (La.) Ladies to a 58-56 win over LeTourneau on Thursday.
The Ladies were the last team standing after a back-and-forth battle the last two minutes of the game that featured two ties and three lead changes.
Vashni Sharp-Moore, who had the assist on Sanders' game-winning basket, led all scorers with 23 points for Centenary (7-14). LeTourneau's La'Queda Davis (Houston, Texas/Waltrip) scored 17 points for the YellowJackets.
The loss dropped LeTourneau to 11-11 on the season. As Centenary is in its first year of transition into NCAA Division III competition, games against the Ladies do not count in the league standings.
As a result, the YellowJackets pulled into a tie with the University of the Ozarks for the fourth and final playoff berth out of the American Southwest Conference's East Division. Ozarks' league record fell to 7-10 after falling to Louisiana College, the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA's Division III South Region.
What was essentially a non-conference game for LeTourneau was just what the injury-riddled Jackets needed. With leading scorer Sharday Cotton and Meg McGuire out of the lineup, sophomore post DeShante Thomas (Tyler, Texas/Whitehouse) stepped up for the Jackets, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Jackets will aim for a return to their winning ways Saturday when they travel to seventh-place East Texas Baptist. Game time in Marshall is scheduled for 1 p.m.