Ladies Drop Heartbreaker to Sam Houston State 70-68
Saturday, December 4, 2004

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HUNTSVILLE, Tex.- Down nine with just under five minutes to play, the Centenary women’s basketball team pushed Sam Houston State to the brink before falling 70-68.  Laura Kizyte’s free throw with 40 seconds left in regulation capped a four-minute nine-point Ladies run, evening the game at 68 apiece.  Jamie Davison’s jumper with 17 ticks remaining lifted the host Bearkats to victory.


            Kizyte led all scorers with 19, shooting three-for-four from long range while adding six rebounds.  Sophomores Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic added 14 and 12 respectively, while junior Whitney Rushing joined the trio in double-digits with 10 points of her own and a game-high seven boards.


            Despite the loss, Centenary showed signs of the offensive threat their team can be.  By improving their field goal percentage and drastically reducing turnovers that have plagued them throughout the early part of the season, the Ladies broke the 60-point barrier for the first time since their season-opener against Division III LeTourneau.


Shooting 60 percent from the floor and 83 percent from behind the arc in the first half, Centenary refused to let the Bearkats run away with the game.  Facing a nine-point deficit going into the half, freshman Brittany Barbee nailed one of her two threes on the day as time expired to cut the SHSU lead to a manageable six.


Centenary returns home to the friendly confines of the Gold Dome as they host Arkansas-Little Rock as part of a double-header with the men’s team.  The Ladies tip-off at 4:30 pm and are followed by the Gents’ match-up with Arkansas Baptist at 7 p.m.