Ladies Comeback Bid Comes Up Short Against SFA, Fall 95-86
Saturday, December 17, 2005


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Box Score


Laura Way

Van'esha Brabson

Cierra Bush

Laura Kizyte

Holli Wilkins

SHREVEPORT – In a game that tied the programs best offensive production against a Division I opponent, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t quell a late run by Stephen F. Austin for a 95-86 loss at the Gold Dome.  The Ladyjacks used a 12-0 run to close out the contest after trailing by three with just 2:40 to go.  Although the Ladies have scored more against D-II, D-III, and NAIA opponents, including a school best 110, the Maroon and White’s 86 matched the D-I record set against Gardner-Webb in the 2001-02 season.

 

Sophomore Laura Way recorded her second consecutive double-double of the season, scoring a career high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds.  The last time a Centenary player notched back-to-back double-doubles was last year, as Jelena Aleksic accomplished the feat against Chicago State and UMKC.

 

 

Four other Ladies joined Way in double-figures, as Van’esha Brabson, Cierra Bush, Laura Kizyte, and Holli Wilkins dropped 17, 12, 12, and 17 respectively.  Kizyte led all players with nine assists while Wilkins, playing for the first time in almost three weeks, nabbed a game-high five steals.

 

Playing from behind for most of the second half, including a nine point deficit with nine minutes to play, Centenary battled back with a 10-0 run including a pair of threes by Brabson, to take the lead with 7:10 to go.  After a 6-1 SFA run put the Ladyjacks back up by five, Wilkins nailed back-to-back three pointers within a minute of each other to put the Ladies back on top.  Centenary would lead by as many as three, but saw their advantage disappear on a three-point play by Kendria Smith with 2:15 remaining and would never recover.

 

The first half was mostly controlled by Stephen F. Austin, pulling ahead by as many as eight before a 12-2 Centenary run halfway into the frame pulled the Ladies ahead by three.  Way’s jumper at the 9:50 mark gave the Maroon and White their first lead since the opening possessions of the game.  SFA would respond however, pushing their lead to 12 and holding Centenary at bay for the remainder of the stanza.

 

Centenary will return to the basketball roots of Head Coach Elizabeth Wamsley as they compete in the Mississippi State Classic on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Wamsley played for the Lady Bulldogs from 1996-2000.  The Ladies will first take on nationally ranked #20 Purdue, followed by either the host Lady Bulldogs or Morehead State.