Ladies Fall to #20 Purdue 70-48 in Mississippi State Classic Opener
Monday, December 19, 2005

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Box Score

Van'esha Brabson

Holli Wilkins

Laura Way

Cierra Bush

STARKVILLE, Miss – Playing their first nationally ranked team during the tenure of head coach Elizabeth Wamsley, the Centenary women’s basketball team dropped the opening game of the Mississippi State Classic 70-48 to #20 Purdue.


Van’esha Brabson paced the Ladies with 15 points, joined in double-figures by Holli Wilkins with 14.  Sophomore Laura Way, coming off back-to-back double-doubles, added seven points in limited minutes because of an illness.


Freshman Cierra Bush tied a career high with a game-best eight rebounds.


The Ladies (1-8) played strong with the Boilermakers through the first half, battling Purdue possession-for-possession.  Brabson scored 10 of Centenary’s first 16 points, including a baseline jumper with 11 minutes to play in the half to cap a 5-0 run and pull within one.


Purdue (7-2) would then roll off 11 unanswered points to take a 12 point lead, their biggest of the half.  Wilkins would answer in turn, following a three pointer with a field goal to keep the Boilermaker lead in single digits at seven.


With under two minutes to play and the Ladies in the bonus, Way, the Mid-Con’s seventh best free throw shooter coming in at .829, made sure to get to the line to add to the Centenary score.  Her four made shots from the charity stripe were the Maroon and White’s final points of the half as the squads entered the break with 35-25 Purdue advantage.


The Boilermakers looked to put the game away early in the second half, not taking any chances and pounding the ball inside for a 13-2 run to start the second half and increase their lead to 21.  Purdue wouldn’t look back as they used their size advantage and deeper roster to keep the Ladies at bay.


The Ladies next face the loser of the Mississippi State/Morehead State match-up in the consolation game Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.  Centenary will then finish out their non-conference schedule as they take on Mississippi Valley State on Thursday at 1p.m. in Itta Bena, Miss.