Thursday, December 30, 2004

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SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies basketball team fell in its final non-conference game to Louisiana-Monroe 74-40 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The Ladies shot only 27.3 percent from the field in the fist half, which included a 2-for-18 stretch (11.1 percent). Louisiana-Monroe used 15 players to apply full-court pressure throughout the opening period, taking advantage of Centenary’s short bench.


Centenary (1-9) scored the opening basket of the contest on a jumper by Jelena Aleksic, but the Ladies would not sink another shot for nine minutes. ULM took advantage of the home team’s inability to find its mark and reeled off a 14-0 run. After a three-pointer by Holli Wilkins ended the scoring drought, the Lady Indians tallied 12 straight points to take a 26-5 lead.


Louisiana-Monroe (6-4) extended its advantage to as much as 26 points in the first half after a layup by Renata Dorsey made the score 41-15. Aleksic scored four of the final six points of the half for Centenary to shrink the deficit to 20 points at the intermission.


The visitors continued to pressure the Ladies in the second half and easily put the game away. The Lady Indians forced 21 turnovers and built their largest cushion of 36 points at 61-25 with eight minutes to play. Centenary battled hard and managed to bring the ULM lead under 30 points on several occasions, but could not keep the momentum long enough to sustain a comeback.


The Ladies were led offensively by Aleksic who finished with 12 points on 6-of-23 shooting from the field to go with eight boards. Whitney Rushing added nine points and seven rebounds in the losing cause.


Thirteen players scored for Louisiana-Monroe led by three Lady Indians with 10 points each. Michelle Biley, Nina Randle, and Nedra Winston all tallied double digits in the win while April O’Neal, Melanie Williams, and Dorsey each finished with eight points on the night. 


Centenary will open Mid-Continent Conference play on January 3rd when the Ladies host Valparaiso in the Gold Dome at 7 pm.