Ladies Set New Scoring Mark With 110-64 Victory Over LeTourneau
Monday, November 24, 2003

Shreveport—Centenary set a new team scoring mark and Carly Melvin recorded a career-high 27 points as the Ladies blew by LeTourneau, 110-64, Monday night in the Gold Dome. Four players scored in double figures and the Ladies held the LadyJackets to only 27.1 percent shooting as Centenary discarded of the only non-Division I school on its schedule this season.

Centenary (1-1) never trailed in the contest but the Division III school from the American Southwest Conference did not go down quickly. With 9:12 remaining in the first half, LeTourneau only trailed 27-22 after reeling off seven straight points before Melvin found her stroke. The junior from Shreveport (Byrd HS) outscored the LadyJackets 16-0 on two 3-pointers, three jumpers, and four free throws over the final 3:40 to give Centenary a comfortable 28-point (58-30) advantage at the intermission.

LeTourneau (1-1) launched 30 trifectas in the game but converted on only 30 percent of their attempts. Lauren Westerman was 4-of-14 from behind the arc to lead the LadyJackets with 16 points. Julie Owen scored 12 points while Heidi Sanders added 11 points in the loss.

The Ladies used their size advantage to haul in a new team-high 72 rebounds, 35 more boards than the visitors from Longview, Texas. Whitney Rushing grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds while Melvin picked up a double-double with 11 boards of her own.

Centenary’s all-time leading scorer Alexis Pettway poured in 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of work. Newcomer Jelena Aleksic was 7-of-12 from the field for 16 points and collected eight rebounds in her first collegiate contest while Louise Smyth rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Ladies with 13 points. Centenary also tied its mark for most shots attempted in a game with 90 in the blowout.

The Ladies will not get to rest long as they travel to Lake Charles to face McNeese State tomorrow at 7 p.m.