'Roos Bounce Past Ladies 84-66
Saturday, January 7, 2006


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KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Setting a school record for attempted three pointers in a game, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t find enough firepower to take down host UMKC in a 84-66 loss Saturday afternoon. The Ladies gave up 23 points off turnovers and couldn’t match the inside presence of the Kangaroos post players. The Maroon and White took 34 shots from downtown, toppling the previous mark set earlier this season against New Orleans.

Four Ladies scored in double-figures, led by Van’esha Brabson with 13. Joining her in double-digits were Laura Way with 11 and Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins with 10 each. Laura Kizyte pulled down a team high 11 rebounds.

The Ladies (1-13, 0-3 Mid-Con) kept pace in the first half with a barrage of three pointers, connecting on seven in the first frame. Back to back trifectas by Brabson gave Centenary their first lead of the contest at 6-4. The Maroon and White would push their lead to as many as five after Cierra Bush connected from downtown at the 11:40 mark.

UMKC (5-10, 3-1 Mid-Con) would battle back behind a 13-3 run to take the lead for the remainder of the first half. The Ladies would trim their deficit to two on Brabson’s second three of the half and Barbees one-on-one fast break jumper, but the Kangaroos would close out the half scoring the final five points, including a three by Sammi Knapic as time expired, to take a seven point advantage into the break.

The Kangaroos took control of the second half early, jumping to a 13 point lead within the first three minutes and a 19-8 run to start the period. Centenary would pull within single digits as Wilkins hit the Ladies 11th and final three to make it an eight point ball game. UMKC would respond, finishing the game on a 18-8 run to seal the victory.

Centenary returns home to take on Mid-Con foe IUPUI in the Gold Dome on Monday, January 9. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR "Sunny" 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.