Pierce tallies double-double in 58-52 win at Centenary

SHREVEPORT, La. — Madi Pierce tallied her fourth double-double donning the Orange and Black, as Hendrix erased a 10-point, third-quarter deficit, and defeated Centenary (La.), 58-52, on Sunday inside the Gold Dome. The Warriors won their seventh-straight game over the Ladies and improved to 11-1 all-time in the series.

Madi Pierce

Hendrix (1-1) improved to 6-0 all-time in the Gold Dome.

The Warriors used back-to-back 3s by Alicia McCloria to grab a 10-5 lead at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter. A Cassidy Salyer trey with 1:56 left in the quarter kept the difference at five, 13-8. Hendrix led 13-11 after 10 minutes.

Salyer’s second bucket from distance 36 seconds into the second quarter gave her team a 16-11 edge, but Centenary (1-2) answered with a 12-0 run in a span of 4:29. A Kennedi Burns 3 brought the Warriors within five at 28-23 with 3:50 on the clock, but the Ladies held a 34-25 upper hand at intermission.

A basket by Addy Tremie made the score 38-28 with 7:37 left in the third quarter, but Hendrix countered with six-straight points. A Caroline Wendt offensive rebound and tip-in brought the Warriors within four at 38-34 midway through the period. A Pierce trey at the 3:34 mark triggered a 7-0 stretch as part of a larger 15-4 run that saw Hendrix retake the lead, 43-42, with 1:03 on the clock after two Burns free throws.

Centenary carried a 46-43 advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Warriors outscored the Ladies 15-6 in the final 10 minutes, retaking the lead for good, 51-50, with 6:23 to go on a Pierce steal and fastbreak layup. Hendrix ended the final 6:51 of the game by scoring 10 of the last 12 points, and Centenary was held scoreless for the final 4:38. Pierce’s third made 3, coming at the 3:14 mark, put her team in front by two possessions for the duration of the afternoon. The Warriors’ defense suffocated the home team in the quarter, limiting Centenary to just 8.3 percent (1-of-12) shooting from the floor, including an 0-of-4 mark from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Hendrix shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) inside the arc.

Pierce finished with a game-high 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She shot 7-of-15 overall from the field.

Burns chipped in 11 points and six rebounds. Jayla King pulled down 11 rebounds, while Mia Maxwell grabbed nine. Burns and Rachel Woppman each dished out three assists.
The Orange and Black shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) overall and made eight treys.

Hendrix won the battle of the boards, 48-36, including 19-10 on the offensive glass, leading to 14 second chance points. The Warriors got 20 points from their reserves, compared to just 11 by the Ladies.

Jazzmyn Jones totaled 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting inside the arc and a 5-of-6 clip at the free throw line to go along with six rebounds. Tremie ended with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting in addition to eight boards.

The Ladies shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) overall, 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from distance and 75 percent (15-of-20) from the charity stripe.

Sunday’s win ended a 14-game skid in true road games.

Hendrix continues its four-game road trip at Dallas (Texas) on Monday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT.