Oakland's High Powered Offense Too Much For Ladies, Fall 69-50 on Road
Monday, February 7, 2005

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Centenary women’s basketball team concluded their extended road trip as they faced the Mid-Continent Conference’s top offensive team, losing 69-50 on the road to Oakland.


            Laura Kizyte paced the Ladies with 15 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs.  Jelena Aleksic dropped 11, grabbing six boards, while fellow sophomore Holli Wilkins came off the bench to add 10 points


            Oakland boasted three of the top five conference scorers and came into the game first in points per game (72.4), field goal percentage (43.9), and three-point field goal shooting (41.2).  Anne Hafeli led the Golden Grizzlies with 14 while Amanda Batcha and Petra Manakova each added 10. 


            The Golden Grizzlies started the game on fire, scoring the first 11 points of the contest while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor five minutes in.  Kizyte’s jumper ended the OU run as the Ladies kept pace, matching point-for-point for the next seven minutes. 


Five consecutive points by OU’s Jayme Wilson sparked another 8-0 Golden Grizzlies run, pushing the lead to 17 at the 5:55 mark.  A three-point play by Brabson followed by a Kizyte layup pulled the Ladies withing three, but OU pulled out a final 13-4 run to close out the first half and enter the locker room with a 20 point lead, 40-20.


            Centenary wouldn’t let OU run away with the game in the second half, answering the Golden Grizzlies offense with shot of their own and a barrage of three pointers.  The Ladies improved their shooting percentage from 25.9 in the first half to 50 percent in the second, including hitting 40 percent of their shots from downtown.


            The Ladies look to avenge an earlier loss this season as they return home to host UMKC on Thursday, February 10.  The Kangaroos handed Centenary a 62-55 loss in Kansas City.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.