Upset Bid Comes Up Short for Ladies in 57-53 Loss to WIU
Sunday, February 5, 2006


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Holli Wilkins

Laura Kizyte

Karolina Sokalska

Jelena Aleksic

Laura Way

SHREVEPORT – Down by two points to Mid-Continent Conference leading Western Illinois with 15 seconds left to play, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t get off a shot attempt before finally losing 57-53.  The Ladies outshot the Westerwinds on the floor 42.0 percent to 37.2 percent, but WIU’s 23 more trips to the free throw line made all the difference.

 

Down six with less than a minute to play, the Ladies pulled within one on a three pointer by Laura Kizyte with 20 seconds remaining.  Rachel Reed missed the first of two free throws to give the Ladies a chance to tie or win, but Holli Wilkins got caught in traffic in the paint while driving for a layup, turning the ball over to seal the Westerwinds victory.

 

Wilkins scored 15 points, the only Centenary player in double-figures.  Jelena Aleksic and Kizyte each added eight, while Karolina Sokalska and Laura Way chimed in with seven apiece.  Sokalska led the way with six rebounds, while Brittany Barbee dished out five assists and Wilkins added four steals.

 

Western Illinois pulled out to an early 10-point lead, up 16-6 with 11:29 to play in the first.  The Ladies battled back, hitting big shot after big shot, including a three pointer by Barbee as time expired, to pull within three into the break at 26-23.

 

Centenary wouldn’t relent in the second half, inspired by a raucous Homecoming crowd decked out in Maroon and White.  The Ladies would see themselves down by seven, by kept chipping away at the Westerwinds lead until Wilkins’ three at the 7:09 mark gave the home team their first lead of the day at 38-37.

 

The Ladies wouldn’t see the lead again after relinquishing it, but scratched back to single-possession scores on big time jumpers and threes by Aleksic and Way.

 

Back on the road, the Ladies travel to face Valparaiso on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  The action can be heard locally on KSYR ‘Sunny’ 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.