Ladies Outlast Sam Houston State 68-63 for First Win of Season
Saturday, November 26, 2005

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Brittany Barbee

Laura Kizyte

Holli Wilkins

Van'esha Brabson

Linsday Way

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball over came a late second half surge by visiting Sam Houston State to earn their first win of the 2005-06 season 68-63.  Down 10 with just over three minutes remaining, the Bearkats pulled within one point with 13 seconds to go before Ladies sophomore Brittany Barbee converted a pair of free throws, followed by a Laura Kizyte steal, to seal the victory.


The victory was the first against a Division I opponent for Ladies head coach Elizabeth Wamsley since taking over the program at the beginning of the 2004-05 season.


Four different Centenary (1-2) players scored 14 points on the day, as starters Van’esha Brabson, Kizyte, Lindsay Way, and Holli Wilkins shared the team-lead.  Kizyte would add eight rebounds, five steals, and three assists to the fold, while Wilkins chipped in with four rebounds and three blocks.  Way’s seven boards and four steals were second on the team in both categories.  Barbee would add a game-high and career-best five assists in the win.


Jamie Davison paced the Bearkats (0-2) with a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds.  Jamie Barr and Adah Wells added 10 points each in the loss.


Sam Houston State took control of the game early, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead.  The Bearkats would hold on to the lead for the entire first half as the Ladies slowly chipped away at the lead, pulling within one at 30-29 going into the break.


Both squads came out in the second half with an added fire, swapping leads and ties through the first four minutes of the frame.  The Ladies put their final deficit behind them as sophomore Ricquel Crockrom crashed the boards hard for an offensive rebound off Kizyte’s missed three, leading to Wilkins tying the contest at 34-34 from an assist by Cierra Bush.  Kizyte would put Centenary up for good less than a minute later with a jumper of her own.


Centenary shot well from the floor all day, hitting 53.2 percent of their shots, including 41.7 percent from downtown.  No Ladies player who converted a field goal shot worse than .500 in the game.


The contest was almost a reverse image of the game played between the two teams in Huntsville, Texas, last season.  That game saw the Ladies trailing by as many as nine in the second half, only to come back and tie the game with 40 seconds remaining before the Bearkats pulled out the victory.


Centenary remains home to face in-state rival Northwestern State as part of a doubleheader with the Gents on Tuesday, November 29.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 with the men’s contest following afterwards.  Both games can be heard locally on KSYR 92.1 FM and online at