Ladies Hold Off UMKC for Second Mid-Con Win of Season
Saturday, January 28, 2006

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Van'esha Brabson

Holli Wilkins

Jelena Aleksic

Laura Kizyte

Cierra Bush

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team picked up their second Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season, defeating UMKC 52-44 despite shooting less than 30 percent from the field.  The Ladies battled behind a solid defense, forcing 21 Kangaroo turnovers and holding their opponent to less than 50 points for the first time this season.


Van’esha Brabson led all players and four Ladies in double-figures with 13 points, including a trio of three pointers.  She was joined in double-figures by Holli Wilkins with 12 while Jelena Aleksic and Laura Kizyte both chimed in with 10 each.  With 832 career points, Brabson needs just 44 more to move into third all-time in school history.


Kizyte led the Ladies in rebounds with nine, while Wilkins collected seven boards to go along with three steals and a pair of blocks.


Neither team could pick up a discernable advantage in the first half, combining for a total of 12 ties or lead changes in the frame.  UMKC (7-13, 5-4 Mid-Con) led by as many as five early, but the feisty Ladies wouldn’t accept a repeat of a 84-66 loss in Kansas City earlier this season.


Centenary (3-17, 2-7 Mid-Con) took their first lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half after a steal by Cierra Bush led to an Aleksic jumper.  The Ladies wouldn’t trail again in the half, but the Kangaroos had an answer for everything the Maroon and White could throw at them, including matching a layup by Bush with 16 seconds left with a time-expiring shot of their own to knot the game at 24-24 going into the break.


After a slow start to the second half, the Ladies took the lead for good at the 12:25 mark on a basket by Kizyte while holding UMKC to just four points in a seven-minute span.  The Kangaroos would chip away at the Centenary lead to one and two points at separate occasions, but Brabson would hold them at bay both times with clutch threes to put the Maroon and White back at a safe lead.


UMKC turned the ball over 21 times compared to the Ladies’ 11, but won the rebounding battle 48-41.  Alysa Klein paced the ‘Roos with 12 points and 10 boards for her first double-double of the year, while Stephanie Brown added 12 points and nine rebounds.  Jowan Ortega led all players with seven assists.


The Kangaroos shot just 32.1 percent from the floor, including a poor 1-for-15 from downtown.  UMKC also struggled at the charity stripe, converting only 53.8 percent of their free throws.


Centenary remains home next to host defending Mid-Con champions Oral Roberts on Monday at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles ended Western Illinois’ NCAA Division I leading 46-game home winning streak on Saturday, downing the Westerwinds 47-37.  You can catch the action locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM, and online at