Poor Second Half Haunts Ladies in 68-41 Loss to IUPUI
Monday, January 23, 2006

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Box Score

Jelena Aleksic

Holli Wilkins

Van'esha Brabson

Indianapolis, Ind. In a rematch of a closely fought loss against IUPUI, the Centenary women’s basketball team struggled in the second half as they fell on the road to IUPUI 68-41.  The Ladies shot poorly all night, hitting just 24.6 percent of their shots despite forcing 17 Jaguars turnovers.


Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 14 points while Holli Wilkins added to her Mid-Con leading 3.47 steals a game by collecting five before fouling out.  Van’esha Brabson led the Ladies with six rebounds while chipping in eight points, and Tracee Byrd scored three points in her debut for the Maroon and White.


IUPUI (12-6, 7-1 Mid-Con) pulled ahead early in the first half, grabbing a six point lead within the first two minutes on a three by Kia Hayes.  Centenary would respond with a Brittany Barbee three as the shot clock sounded, pulling within three before a three point play by Brykeesha Tate pushed the Jaguars lead back to six.


The Ladies (2-17, 1-7) hit back by putting together a 14-2 run, including six of Aleksic’s 12 first half points, to take the lead at 22-19 going into the second media timeout of the frame.  IUPUI would dominate the rest of the half, holding Centenary scoreless and compiling their own 11-0 run to close out the period and enter the break up 30-22.


IUPUI didn’t miss a beat coming out for the second half, adding to their run with a 13-2 advantage through the first seven minutes.  During the stretch, Wilkins was whistled for foul beneath the offensive glass and a technical foul on the same play as the defender’s own momentum carried her to the floor hard.  The pair of penalties, assessed at the14 minute mark, put her at four fouls and forced more cautious play for the Ladies strongest defender.


Hayes led the Jaguars with 16 points, joined in double figures by Erin Guy with 13 and Tanika Mays with 14.  Jernisha Cann grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, tied with Mays, in the IUPUI victory.


Centenary returns to the Gold Dome next for the start of a three game homestand, hosting UMKC on Saturday in a rematch of a 84-66 loss in Kansas City earlier this month.  Part of a doubleheader with the Gents, tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.