Ladies Fall 77-70 in Season Opener to UNO
Saturday, November 19, 2005


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Box Score


Laura Kizyte

Holli Wilkins

Van'esha Brabson

Laura Way

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their 2005-06 season opener against visiting New Orleans 77-70.  The Ladies took a six-point lead into halftime, but the Lady Privateers mounted a comeback behind red-hot 87.5 percent shooting from three-point range in the second half.

 

Laura Kizyte and Holli Wilkins both scored in double-figures for the Ladies, dropping 22 and 20 points respectively.  Wilkins also tied the Centenary single game record for steals in a game, collecting nine in 36 minutes of action.  Also adding 10 points was senior Van’esha Brabson, whose three-pointer with 10 seconds left moved her into fourth place all-time in Ladies scoring.

 

After forcing a tie or trading leads 22 times in the first half, Centenary (0-1) took the lead with 2:33 left on a three pointer by Wilkins.  The Ladies would push the lead to as many as six as sophomore Laura Way converted on a pair of free throws with just two ticks remaining on the clock.

 

New Orleans (1-0) made the most of their halftime adjustments, outscoring Centenary 7-1 in the first two minutes of the second half to draw the game to a tie.  Trading leads five more times, the Lady Privateers took the lead for good with 15:06 remaining to play on one of seven second half threes, this one by Jada Frazier.

 

Ashley Sentimore led UNO with a double-double, scoring 18 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds.  Frazier, Le’Della English, and Cookie Johnson all chimed in with double-digit points, scoring 23, 14, and 10 respectively.

 

Not playing a single player over six feet tall, the Ladies were at a significant height disadvantage against New Orleans.  The Lady Privateers pulled down 46 rebounds compared the Centenary’s 22.

 

Despite the loss, Centenary set or tied team records in the game.  Along with Wilkins’ tying the steals record, the Ladies set the mark for most three pointers attempted in a game with 37, and tied the record for threes made in a game with 12.

 

The Ladies travel next to Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, November 22, before returning home to face Sam Houston State on Saturday, November, 26.