Ladies Fall to Memphis in First Day of Lady Tiger Classic
Friday, November 26, 2004

   MEMPHIS – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their first game of the Kroger/Lady Tiger Classic 65-42 to host Memphis.  Despite playing the entire game from behind, the Ladies stayed determined and outplaying the Lady Tigers through stretches of the game


         Memphis started the first half on a 23-2 run, taking advantage of ten Centenary turnovers while overpowering the Ladies in the paint.  Sophomore Holli Wilkins scored the pair before earning her second foul in just over two minutes, sending her to the bench.  The Lady Tigers took the advantage, crashing the boards and dominating through the first ten minutes of the game.


            Centenary wouldn’t give up, countering with a 15-2 run of their own. After a timeout by the Ladies, the Maroon and White regrouped and their shots started falling.  Back on the floor, Wilkins took control of the Centenary offense, giving the Memphis defenders fits while drawing fouls and pulling down rebounds.  She finished the first stanza with four points and three rebounds.


Playing aggressively on defense and pressuring the Lady Tigers into bad defensive fouls and eight turnovers, the Ladies pulled within eight with four minutes remaining in the half.  Laura Kizyte, the Ladies leading scorer this season, contributed five in the first half, adding four rebounds.  She was joined by Jelena Aleksic with a team-high six in the first half and four boards, as Centenary entered the break down 14.


The Ladies’ shorthanded bench caught up with them in the second half, as a deeper Memphis squad began to pull away.  With only eight active players, Centenary was unable to keep up with a Lady Tigers squad that none of their players saw more than 12 minutes on the hardwood in the first half, and 24 in the game.


Centenary’s drive and determination continued despite being down 25 with ten minutes remaining in the game.  Still playing hard under the boards, junior Whitney Rushing banged her way to seven rebounds on the day while adding a team-high 10 points.  Aggressive with the ball and looking for second-chance shots, she led all players with 10 free throw attempts in the contest.


The Ladies fall to 1-2 on the season, and face the winner of South Alabama/Louisiana-Monroe in the tournament’s consolation game on Saturday.