Ladies Finish Mississippi State Classic with 67-51 Loss to Morehead State
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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Jelena Aleksic

Van'esha Brabson

Laura Way

Laura Kizyte

Holli Wilkins

STARKVILLE, Miss. Playing their third game in four days, the Centenary women’s basketball team dropped the consolation game of the Mississippi State Classic to Morehead State 67-51.  The Ladies had lost to #20 Purdue in the opening game in a hard-fought contest on Monday.


Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 15 points, followed by Van’esha Brabson and Laura Way with nine each, and Laura Kizyte and Holli Wilkins with eight apiece.


Kizyte would lead all rebounders with a career-high 15 boards while Brittany Barbee would dish out a career-high and game-best eight assists.  Way’s three steals were also tops in the contest.


Morehead State (6-3) controlled the pace of the game early, reeling off a 16-3 run after both teams traded baskets to start the first half.  The Ladies would respond to the 13 point deficit, putting together their own 12-5 run to make it a six point contest with eight minutes to play in the half, paced by Way’s first six points.


Not content for a close game, the Lady Eagles scored 11 unanswered points to push their lead back to double digits with just under five minutes to go in the half.  Centenary (1-9) would trade baskets and free throws with MSU for the remainder of the period, but Morehead State would take an 18 point 43-25 advantage into the break on a three pointer with 58 ticks left on the clock.


Down 18 at the half, the Ladies wouldn’t let the game get out of hand, holding Morehead State to almost half their first half offensive output and outscoring the Lady Eagles in the frame.  MSU took a game-high 23 point lead with 8:10 remaining before Aleksic hit seven consecutive points to pull within 16, followed by a cutting layup by Way to close the game to 14, the Ladies closest of the half.


Centenary finishes out their non-conference schedule as they travel to Itta Bena, Miss., to take on Mississippi Valley State on Thursday at 1 p.m.