WIU Clinches Third Straight Mid-Con Title With Win Over Ladies
Saturday, February 26, 2005

Files associated with this release:
Box Score

SHREVEPORT – Already guaranteed at least a share of the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title, Western Illinois claimed the honors outright for the third consecutive year with a 65-48 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team.


Laura Way scored a team-high 13 points off the bench, shooting 50 percent from three-point territory. Van’esha Brabson also scored in double figures with 10 while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.  Brabson needs just three more boards in to move into third place all-time in Centenary history.


The Ladies (1-24, 0-15 Mid-Con) wouldn’t roll over without a fight, taking a mid-first half lead from the Westerwinds (18-7, 13-2 Mid-Con) and trimming the lead to within 10 with just over four minutes left to play.  A free throw by Holli Wilkins gave Centenary a 12-11 lead at the 9:21 mark in the first half and one of Way’s four points from the charity stripe put the Ladies down 10 and within striking distance with four and a half minutes remaining in regulation.


Unfortunately for the Ladies, there was no stopping WIU’s Zane Teilane.  The preseason Mid-Con Player of the Year scored a career-high and game-best 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds while blocking three shots.  The junior from Latvia was 10-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.


Jessica Cook recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Westerwinds.  Wilkins added seven for the Ladies and Jelena Aleksic dropped eight in limited playing time.  Freshman Brittany Barbee dished out a game-high four assists off the bench for Centenary.


The Ladies travel to face Chicago State in the 2004-05 season finale.  The Cougars handed Centenary a 69-64 loss in the Gold Dome earlier this season.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.