Ladies Drop Homecoming Heartbreaker 57-56 to IUPUI
Saturday, February 19, 2005

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SHREVEPORT – A career day by junior Van’esha Brabson wasn’t enough as visiting IUPUI hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to spoil the Centenary women’s basketball team’s homecoming, 57-56.  Brabson scored a career-high 20 points while tying the school record for made threes in a game with six.


Jelena Aleksic added 16 points and eight rebounds for Centenary (1-22, 0-13) while Holli Wilkins chimed in with 12 points.  Whitney Rushing pulled down a team-high 10 boards while Laura Kizyte dished out a game-high and career-best eight assists.


Down six with just over 13 minutes to go, IUPUI (6-18, 4-9 Mid-Con) clamped down and went on an eight minute 15-2 run to take a seven-point lead at the 5:45 mark.  A pair of threes by Brabson pulled the Ladies within one, and Wilkins’ second trifecta of the game after an IUPUI basket tied the game at 47-47 with four minutes remaining.


After more back-and-forth action, Brabson’s record-tying sixth three at the 1:25 mark put the Ladies up two, but the Jaguars responded with a three of their own on the ensuing possession.  At the line with 42 ticks on the clock, Brabson converted both her free throws to give Centenary a one point advantage, their final of the game.  IUPUI’s Belinda Drake hit the clinching three with 35 seconds remaining, her only field goal on the day.


Starting the game trading threes-for-threes, the tempo was set for a long distance shootout.  IUPUI only took 12 shots from behind the arc but made them count, nailing 66.7 percent.  The Ladies took 29 shots from downtown, converting on only eight.


Centenary took a 10 point lead late into the first half thanks to a 15-3 run with Aleksic accounting for eight of the points.  IUPUI responded however, outscoring the Ladies 12-2 over the next seven minutes to knot the action at 28-28.


The Ladies continue their homestand as they host Oakland on Monday, February 21.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.