Centenary Sinks Lady Pilots 85-65 in Exhibition
Monday, November 14, 2005


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Holli Wilkins

Van'esha Brabson

Laura Way

Lindsay Way

Julia Bowie

SHREVEPORT - The Centenary women’s basketball team won their exhibition game against cross-town institution LSU-Shreveport 85-65 at the Gold Dome Monday night.  Tested early, the Ladies used strong shooting performances from the floor and from three-point range to dominate the Lady Pilots as the game progressed.

 

Junior Holli Wilkins led all scorers with 18 points while grabbing four rebounds and swatting a game-high four blocks.  Fellow Ladies Van’esha Brabson, Laura Way, and Linsday Way all chimed in with double-figures, scoring 11, 13, and 14 respectively.  Freshman Julia Bowie pulled down a team and game-high seven boards.

 

“I’m extremely pleased with the way we played,” Ladies head coach Elizabeth Wamsely said after the game. “It was a total team effort.  If you go down each players line, everything’s positive.”

 

The Lady Pilots took control early, leading by as many as nine halfway into the first period, 26-17 with 8:44 remaining.  Centenary would take over from then, holding LSUS to just four more points in the half including only one field goal.

 

Down nine with just under seven minutes remaining, Laura Way sparked a 12-0 Ladies run with a 10-foot jumper from the left side.  Wilkins would continue to chip away at the LSUS lead, nailing a pair of back-to-back threes to pull within one with 4:50 to go.  Way would then finish the comeback she started, putting the Ladies ahead for the remainder of the game.

 

The second half saw more of the same as the Ladies outscored LSUS 48-35 behind separate runs of 10 and 11 points.  Lindsay Way scored 12 of her 14 points in the frame including the Ladies final basket, a three pointer to put Centenary up 29 with 3:20 remaining.

 

“Lindsay played incredibly,” Coach Wamsley said. “She played her heart out tonight and showed the potential we knew she had in her.”

 

Centenary took advantage of a spectacular shooting night, converting 43.8 percent from the floor, including 47.8 percent from downtown.  Although just an exhibition game, the Ladies finished one three-pointer shy of tying the single-game mark of 12.  Wilkins connected on 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while Brabson hit 3-of-4 from downtown.  Sophomore point guard Brittany Barbee added 3-of-5 from three point range.  Laura Way converted all of her free throws, a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

 

When asked about her team’s success shooting the ball, Wamsley didn’t seem surprised.  “We’re a team full of guards,” she said matter-of-factly.  “We’ll live and die by the long range shot, but luckily, we’ve been shooting the ball really well lately so we’re looking good.”

 

The Ladies open their 2005-06 regular season at home against New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.  The Privateers hold a 1-0 series advantage over Centenary, pulling out a victory in New Orleans during the 2000-01 season.