Poor Shooting Troubles Ladies in 72-50 Loss to Oral Roberts
Monday, January 30, 2006

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Holli Wilkins

Jelena Aleksic

Van'esha Brabson

SHREVEPORT – Matching their opponent closely in almost every statistical category, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t match visiting Oral Roberts’ hot shooting from the floor in a 72-50 loss at the Gold Dome on Monday night.  The Ladies struggled to hit shots from the floor, downtown, or even the charity stripe, but battled hard on the boards and forced 17 turnovers to keep the game from getting out of hand and stay competitive down the stretch.


Holli Wilkins led Centenary with 11 points, playing only 25 minutes because of early second half foul trouble.  She was joined in double-figures by Jelena Aleksic with 10 points, with Aleksic tying game-highs with nine rebounds and four assists in only 24 minutes of action.  Wilkins added to her Mid-Con best 3.6 steals a game with four on the night.


Centenary (3-18, 2-8 Mid-Con) jumped on the board first with a three in the opening minute by Van’esha Brabson and held off the initial Golden Eagle lead with a pair of Aleksic free throws to knot the game at 5-5.  Oral Roberts would take over from there, putting together runs of 12-0 and 11-2 while holding the Ladies scoreless for stretches of four and six minutes. 


Down 19 with four minutes to play in the half, the Ladies would score six unanswered points to pull within 13, but ORU would shut Centenary down the remainder of the way and take a 34-17 lead into the break.


Oral Roberts (10-9, 4-4 Mid-Con) would jump out to an early 7-0 second half run before Wilkins picked up her fourth foul at the 17:00 minute mark.  Things got worse for the Ladies as Brabson picked up her fifth foul less than 10 seconds afterwards, earning a technical after slamming the ball to the ground in frustration of a holding call at the top of the key.  Without their top two scorers on the floor, the Lades couldn’t chip away at the 25 point ORU lead until 13 minutes later, and then only to as many as 17.


The Golden Eagles, led by preseason All-Mid-Con selection Elisha Turek with 19 points, shot 48.1 percent from the field including 50 percent from downtown.  Centenary managed just 32.1 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from three-point range, and a mere 52.4 percent from the line.


Centenary battled strong on the boards all night, fighting an almost even 40-39 rebounding margin in Oral Robert’s favor.  The Ladies did outcrash the Golden Eagles on the offensive glass, pulling down 16 offensive boards to ORU’s 11.  The Maroon and White also hustled defensively on the floor, forcing 17 Golden Eagle turnovers but surrendering 18 in the process.


The Ladies remain home to host Western Illinois in a doubleheader with the Gents as part of Homecoming on Saturday at the Gold Dome.  Tip-off is set at 2 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.