Ladies Battle Back, Fall Short to Chicago State 69-64
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

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SHREVEPORT- Down 15 with just over seven minutes remaining, the Centenary women’s basketball team fought back to within three with 90 ticks left before falling to visiting Chicago State 69-64.  Four Ladies scored in double-figures, including a pair of double-doubles by sophomores Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins, en-route to the team’s eleventh consecutive loss.


            Aleksic led all scorers with a career-high 18 points while grabbing a career-best 11 boards, five of them on the offensive glass.  To add to her career night, the Serbian import hit her first collegiate three and was the only player to see all 40 minutes of action on the hardwood.


            Things didn’t look well for Centenary (1-11, 0-2 Mid-Con) as a Renada Blackburn jumper pushed the Chicago State (7-6, 2-0 Mid-Con) lead to 16, minutes into the second half.  Not to be pushed around on their home floor, the Ladies buckled down and went on a 10-0 run capped by a Wilkins three.  Wilkins scored 10 points for the Ladies while adding 11 rebounds and four assists.


Despite the strong performances by the second year duo, the Ladies struggled to take care of the ball, committing an above-average 25 turnovers leading to 34 Cougar points.  Centenary managed only 12 points off 18 Chicago State miscues.


Back down by 15 with under eight minutes left, the Ladies still had life in them yet.  Aleksic drew a charge by Chandra Timberlake leading to the Ladies shaving off seven quick points, including five by junior Van’esha Brabson.  Brabson finished with 10 points, seven boards, and dished out a team-high five assists.


After some back-and-forth action and a pair of Aleksic free throws, Tina Hill’s inbounds pass sailed over the head of a streaking Cougar, giving the Ladies possession beneath Chicago State’s basket, down eight.  Aleksic converted the layup and a subsequent three by Laura Kizyte pulled the Ladies within three with a minute and a half remaining.


Faith Buchanan’s baseball pass on the ensuing inbounds possession led to Hill’s redemption with a layup, putting the Cougars ahead five and forcing Centenary to foul.  The Ladies were able to pull within three with nine ticks left, but a pair of Ayesha Neasley free throws sealed the victory for Chicago State, their first in-conference road win after a nine-game skid.


The Ladies travel to Kansas City to face UMKC on Saturday, January 8.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.  The Kangaroos came up victorious in both meetings last year, winning 70-46 and 83-69.