UMKC Too Much For Ladies, Kangaroos Win 83-69
Monday, February 23, 2004



Shreveport—The UMKC Kangaroos shot 57.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Centenary 35-27 to take an 83-69 win over the Ladies on Monday night in Mid-Continent Conference action. With the win, the Roos hold on to second place in the league with a 10-4 mark, trailing only Western Illinois.

UMKC (13-12) trailed for only 21 seconds in the contest as Centenary scored the first bucket of the game on a layup by Julie Danieles. The Kangaroos responded with five consecutive points, including a three-pointer by Katie Houlehan. Houlehan sank five trifectas in the first half and finished 6-of-7 from downtown on the evening.

Centenary (4-21, 2-12 Mid-Con) refused to let the visitors pull away as the Ladies trailed by less than ten points for most of the half. UMKC extended its lead to 16 points on Houlehan’s final three-pointer of the first half, but Centenary answered with an 8-2 run to bring the score to 42-32 at the break.

UMKC took charge in the opening minutes of the second half as the Kangaroos exploded for a 15-4 run that brought their advantage to 21 points at 57-36. The Ladies would never get closer than ten points the rest of the way as the depth of UMKC proved too much for Centenary. The Kangaroos received bench contributions of 11 points from Liz Obrecht and eight points from Jayme Sweere. The Centenary bench was led by Louise Smyth and Lindsay Way, each finishing with three points.

Houlehan poured in 18 points, all on three-pointers, while Carlai Moore did the damage inside with 22 points and 11 rebounds to collect the double-double. Casey Ellis added five assists to go along with her eight points in the win.

Alexis Pettway scored a game-high 25 points and narrowly missed a double-double of her own with nine boards for Centenary. Holli Wilkins pitched in with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point arc to go with five steals. Carly Melvin added nine points, six rebounds, and five assists in the loss.

The Ladies will travel to Chicago State for a game with major Mid-Con Tournament implications on Saturday. If Centenary can emerge victorious over the Lady Cougars, the team will clinch a spot in the eight-team field in Kansas City, Mo.