Late Comeback Not Enough as Ladies Fall 85-79 to Georgia Southern
Saturday, December 10, 2005

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Van'esha Brabson

Cierra Bush

Laura Way

Jelena Aleksic

Laura Kizyte

SHREVEPORT – Career days by Van’esha Brabson, Cierra Bush, and Laura Way weren’t enough as the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to visiting Georgia Southern 85-79 Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome.  Down by as many as 12 late in the second half, the Ladies pulled within three with less than two minutes to go but couldn’t push past the Lady Eagles.


Brabson led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, adding four rebounds and three assists to the mix.  Way recorded the Ladies first double-double of the season, chipping in with 11 points and a game and career-high 11 rebounds.  Her five assists and three steals were also team bests.


Joining Brabson and Way in double figure scoring were freshman Bush with a career-high 15 points off the bench and junior Jelena Aleksic with 12.  Aleksic and Bush would chime in with four and seven rebounds respectively.


After trading the lead back-and-forth early in the first half, Georgia Southern (2-4) looked to take the game by storm after a 15-0 run to make the score 22-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.  The Ladies would respond in kind, going on a 15-1 run of their own paced by 10 points by Brabson.


Centenary (1-6) would continue to chip away at the Lady Eagle lead, eventually regaining the lead on a Way free throw with 4:40 left to play in the first stanza.  Not to be outdone, GSU would battle back to take a five point 42-37 lead into halftime.


The second frame saw Georgia Southern hold a three-possession lead through most of the action.  Down 10 with 5:25 to go, Laura Kizyte’s fast break layup, made possible by a Way steal and assist, sparked Centenary’s 13-4 run to pull within three with just 1:50 left to play. 


Georgia Southern would put the clamps on the Ladies from then on, holding Centenary to just one field goal with just three seconds remaining to seal the hard fought six-point victory.


Four Georgia Southern players scored in double figures, led by Chequilla Jessie with 16.  Senior Leslie Spoon, a local product out of Benton High School, added 14 points with six boards, three assists, and three steals in her Louisiana homecoming.


Centenary will remain home for their next game against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, December 10, at 1 p.m.  The game will be part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, as the Gents take on Birmingham-Southern approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Ladies contest.  Both games can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at