Shorthanded Ladies Fall to ORU 59-44
Saturday, January 15, 2005

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TULSA, Okla. – Injury plagued and looking for their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season, the Centenary women’s basketball team hoped to take advantage of a struggling Oral Roberts team coming off of back-to-back home and conference losses.  Instead, the Ladies turned the ball over 23 times while the Golden Eagles held them to 32.7 percent shooting in a 59-44 loss.


            Dressing only seven players in the contest, the Ladies were both undermanned and undersized to a Golden Eagle squad that carries five players at least six feet tall and freely rotated 11 in the game.  Six of the seven Centenary players played 24 minutes or more while only one ORU player saw more than 30 minutes of action on the hardwood.


            Van’esha Brabson and Laura Kizyte scored in double-figures to pace the Ladies with 12 and 15 respectively. Ricquel Crockrom tied a career-high with six points.


Despite the height disadvantage, Centenary stayed close in the battle of the boards, pulling down 35 rebounds compared to ORU’s 38.  Kizyte and Whitney Rushing each grabbed a team-high seven for the Ladies while Brabson added six.


            On the ORU side of the ball, Elisha Turek recorded her 11th double-double of the season in only 28 minutes of action, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 and 10.  The Golden Eagles shot 42.6 percent from the floor but failed to hit a three-pointer in the contest. 


Centenary started off strong, as Brabson matched Turek shot-for-shot and board-for-board through the first 16 minutes of action.  The Golden Eagles buckled down and held Centenary scoreless for the final four minutes of the first half, increasing their halftime lead to 15 points.  ORU held the Ladies to 31.8 percent shooting from the floor while hitting 42.9 percent of their first half shots.


            Oral Roberts led by as many as 20 in the second frame until Brabson and Kizyte combined for 10 of the next 12 points to pull within a dozen with just over four minutes left on the clock.  The Golden Eagles kept strong as Turek scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in the final three minutes to hold off the Ladies.


            Centenary travels to Indianapolis next weekend to take on IUPUI as part of a double-header with the Gents.  The Ladies dropped both contests to the Jaguars last season, 66-60 at home and 73-51 on the road.  Tip off is set for 4:30 p.m.