Ladies Swat LadyJackets 96-66
Friday, November 19, 2004



SHREVEPORT –  The Centenary women’s basketball team won their first game under new head coach Elizabeth Wamsley, defeating visiting LeTourneau 96-66.  Junior transfer Laura Kizyte scored 33 points en-route to breaking Centenary’s NCAA Division I single game scoring record previously held by Alexis Pettway.

 

            Kizyte’s double-double paced the Ladies, adding 13 rebounds and five steals while contributing five assists.  She was joined by junior Van’esha Brabson with a double-double of her own, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards on he night.  Sophomore Jelena Aleksic added 13 points and seven rebounds of her own.

 

            Centenary dominated the first half, outscoring LeTourneau 51-28, including 32-8 in the paint.  The undersized LadyJacks centered their offensive effort from behind the arc, launching 18 three-pointers in the first half and landing five.  The barrage of outside shots helped keep LeTourneau close, pulling within four after a trio of unanswered threes at the 9:37 mark. 

 

            The Ladies responded, and took off on a 15-0 run, including 10 by Kizyte.  Centenary controlled the boards for the rest of the half, doubling LeTourneau’s rebounds while pulling down 13 on the offensive side, and went into the break with a 51-28 lead.

 

            LeTourneau came out of the second half gates strong, cutting the lead to 16 before letting the Ladies pull away.  Kizyte began to get hot midway through the half, slashing and scoring while adding to a 35 point lead and an eventual 30 point victory.

 

            Junior Lindsay Way provided solid minutes off the bench, playing tenacious defense that led her into foul trouble.  Her five assists were tied with starter Holli Wilkins for the team lead while adding four points, four steals, and three rebounds.  Three freshmen reserves scored their first collegiate points, including Brittany Barbee who was perfect from the floor and added four assists.

 

            The Ladies travel to face Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sunday at 2 p.m.  Coach Wamsley is no stranger to the LadyBacks, having played them as an SEC opponent while attending Mississippi State.  Centenary is 0-2 against Arkansas with both losses coming as an NAIA school in 1981-82.