Shorthanded Ladies Drop Exhibition to Ouachita Baptist
Friday, November 5, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their first exhibition game of the season to visiting Ouachita Baptist 71-62.  The Ladies were forced to play with a depleted squad of nine players and were unable to keep up with the constantly fresh Lady Tigers.


            While Ouachita Baptist kept a consistent flow of substitutions, none of their players saw more than 25 minutes of action, Centenary’s starters were forced to play the bulk of the team’s minutes.  Each player logged more than 30 minutes, with the exception of sophomore Holli Wilkins who spent much of the second half on the bench because of foul trouble.


Despite her limited playing time, Wilkins led all scorers with 21 points on seven for 13 shooting.  Sophomore Jelena Aleksic had a strong all-around game, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and six assists.  Junior transfer Laura Kizyte showed promise in her Centenary debut, adding seven points and five assists with a pair of steals.


            The Ladies kept with Ouachita Baptist for the much of the second half, recovering from a seven point halftime deficit to pull ahead by six with 12 minutes remaining.  The Lady Tigers pulled away on an 18-2 run, thanks to solid shooting and a string a Centenary fouls.  OBU shot .429 from the floor, including an impressive 40 percent from behind the arc.


            Centenary dominated Ouachita Baptist on the glass, almost tripling their offensive rebounds 17-6.  Junior Whitney Rushing led all players with 13 rebounds and matched the Lady Tigers with six offensive boards of her own. 


            The Ladies begin their regular season against LeTourneau Friday, November 19 at the Gold Dome.  Centenary delivered their best offensive performance against the LadyJackets last season, scoring a school best 110 points in a 56 point victory.