Ladies Can't Close Against Chicago State, Fall 53-51
Saturday, January 14, 2006

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Van'esha Brabson

Jelena Aleksic

Holli Wilkins

SHREVEPORT – Key free throw shooting down the stretch helped visiting Chicago State pull out a 53-51 victory over the Centenary women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Gold Dome.  The Ladies led by as many as five in the second half but couldn’t hold on, despite holding the Cougars to less than 30 percent shooting from the floor.


Van’esha Brabson led the Ladies with 15 points, joined in double-figures by Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins with 14 and 13 respectively.  Wilkins would add three steals, moving her into a tie for second place all-time on the school’s career steals list with 116.


After trading the lead or pulling even 10 times in the first six minutes of the second half, Centenary put together a 7-0 run, capped by a Brabson three, to pull ahead by five with 5:30 remaining.  The Cougars would respond with a 9-0 run of their own to retake the lead with two minutes to play.  Wilkins would then nail a three pointer to end the run and pull the Ladies within one, but Ayesha Neasley would convert the next four points, all from the charity stripe. 


Brabson would hit a final three with three ticks remaining, and after the Cougars missed both free throws, one intentionally, the Ladies couldn’t get their final attempt to fall before the buzzer.


Chicago State (7-9, 2-3 Mid-Con) led for the majority of the first half, jumping to a 6-0 start and leading by as many as eight with 10 minutes to play.  The Ladies would then put together a 11-2 run to take a one point lead, but the Cougars would head into halftime up 23-21 after Neasley’s put back of a missed free throw as time expired.


The game marked the second in a row that the Ladies allowed a team to post a pair of double-doubles against them.  Tina Hill led all scorers and rebounders with 20 and 13 respectively, while Neasley would put up 11 points and grab 10 rebounds.


Centenary (1-15, 0-5 Mid-Con) remains home as they host Southern Utah on Monday.  Tip off is set for  7 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www.