Ladies Fall to Northwestern State 78-56
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

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Jelena Aleksic

Van'esha Brabson

Laura Way

Laura Kizyte

Holli Wilkins

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball fell to in-state rival Northwestern State 78-56 in the opening game of a men and women’s doubleheader between the two schools.  The Ladies, coming off their best shooting performance of the season in a victory over Sam Houston State, couldn’t repeat their magic as they struggled to covert field goals.


Three Centenary players scored in double-figures, led by Jelena Aleksic with 13.  Van’esha Brabson and Laura Way chimed in with 12 each.  Senior Laura Kizyte pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, joined by Way with six.


The Ladies (1-3) shot just 21.1 percent from the floor, including 20.8 from three-point range.  Northwestern State (4-1) countered with a solid 49.2 percent, with an even 50 percent from downtown.


Centenary held close throughout the first half, trailing by as many as 18 before closing the gap to nine at the close of the frame thanks largely to an almost even rebounding margin in the stanza.


Down 16 with just over seven minutes to go, junior Holli Wilkins was fouled hard as she converted a layup, sending the playmaking guard to the floor.  Seeing one of their most explosive players unable to play, the Ladies rallied for a 13-6 run to close out the half.


The second half saw more back and forth action through the first eight minutes.  Trading scoring runs, 9-3 for Northwestern State and 12-5 for Centenary, the contest was narrowed to an eight point Lady Demon advantage.  Northwestern State took over from there, outscoring the Ladies 28-14 the rest of the way.


Centenary travels to take on Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Monroe, La.  The Ladies fell to the Lady Indians 74-40 last year in the Gold Dome, as ULM holds a 9-1 all-time series lead.