South Alabama Downs Ladies in Consolation of Lady Tiger Classic
Saturday, November 27, 2004

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MEMPHIS – Playing their third game in six days, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season with a 69-45 loss to South Alabama.  Already a depleted squad, the Ladies came in down a starter from the previous night’s game and had just seven players available for action.


           With regular starter Van’esha Brabson sitting out, freshmen Brittany Barbee and Ricquel Crockrom made their first collegiate starts for the Ladies.  A Hernando, Mississippi native, Barbee grew up in the shadows of Memphis, playing her AAU ball at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.


            Holli Wilkins led Centenary with a career high 19 points while adding four rebounds and three steals.  Laura Kizyte and Jelena Aleksic joined her as the only Ladies players to score, dropping 16 and 10 respectively.


The Ladies won the opening tip, their first of the season, scoring first and trading the lead with South Alabama through the first five minutes.  With the Lady Jaguars taking an eight-point lead with seven minutes left on the clock, Centenary stayed in contention despite shooting .250 in the half and turning the ball over 11 times.  A 19-22 first half rebounding margin kept the Ladies competitive through the majority of the period.


            With Centenary rotating only seven, South Alabama’s depth caught up with the Ladies by the end of the first half.  The fresh legged Lady Jags took advantage, pushing to a 21-point halftime lead.


            South Alabama entered the second half shooting, launching threes and extending their lead to as much as 32.  Determined to make The Lady Jags earn their points, Centenary continued to bang under the glass, matching their opponent rebound for rebound.  Kizyte led the Ladies with nine boards, while Aleksic and junior Whitney Rushing each added seven.


            The Ladies also improved on the offensive side in the second, outshooting the Lady Jags 50 percent to 33 percent from the floor, and doubling their scoring output from the first.


            Centenary next faces Louisiana-Lafayette on the road, December 1 at 7 p.m.  The Ragin’ Cajuns will be the first of three in-state teams the Ladies will play this season.