Valpo Holds Court, Downs Ladies 59-39
Saturday, February 5, 2005


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VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Centenary women’s basketball traveled to Valparaiso looking to avenge their Mid-Continent Conference season opening loss to the Crusaders, instead suffering their 18th consecutive loss of the year, 59-39.

 

            Sophomores Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic scored in double-figures for the Ladies, dropping 12 and 11 respectively.  Aleksic pulled down a team-high six rebounds while Laura Kizyte, Laura Way, and Wilkins added five boards each, a career-high for Way. 

 

            After giving up a six-point lead to start the game, Way dropped the Ladies’ first points of the contest at the 17:00 minute mark, sparking a 13-1 Centenary run.  Van’esha Brabson scored five of her seven game points during the stretch, including a three to give the visiting Ladies the lead eight minutes into the initial stanza.

 

            Centenary would hold on to the lead for another six minutes until a pair of threes by Valpo’s Lauren Bechtold and Jamie Gutowski knotted the score at 17 apeice with just under six minutes to go.  The Crusaders took control from there, holding the Ladies to a lone field goal and a pair of free throws for the remainder of the half and taking a 27-21 advantage into halftime.

 

            Valparaiso came out of the locker room attacking, scoring the first 12 points of the second half while holding the Ladies scoreless for six minutes.  Kizyte’s field goal at the 14:05 mark ended a 26-6 Crusader run spanning both halves and over 12 minutes of play.  Not giving up, Centenary outscored Valpo 20-10 for the next ten minutes, pulling within 10 at the 4:45 mark on Wilkins’ second three of the half.

 

            The Crusaders clamped down, however, holding the Ladies scoreless for the final 4:45 of the game.  Valpo reeled off the final 10 points to hand Centenary their second loss to the Crusaders this season.

 

            The Ladies continue their road trip as they face Oakland on Monday, February 5.  It will be the first meeting between the teams this season, with the Golden Grizzlies holding a 2-0 overall series advantage.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m.