Hot Shooting Valpo Drop Ladies 91-44
Monday, February 6, 2006


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Cierra Bush

Holli Wilkins

Laura Kizyte

VALPARAISO, Ind. Coming off a near upset of Mid-Continent Conference leading Western Illinois, the Centenary women’s basketball theam was unable to match their opponents hot handed shooting, falling on the road to Valparaiso 91-44.  The Crusaders took exploited their size advantage, outscoring the Ladies 46-14 in the paint while hitting 62.7 percent of their shots on the night.

 

Cierra Bush led the Ladies with nine points while Holli Wilkins chipped in with eight.  Bush grabbed a game-best eight rebounds while Laura Kizyte nabbed a game-high four steals in just 17 minutes.

 

Valpo (14-8, 8-3 Mid-Con) came out in the first half firing, converting 75.0 percent of their shots from the floor, including 71.4 percent from downtown.  The Crusaders jumped out to an early 13-3 lead less than four minutes in.  Centenary cut the 13-0 run with a pair of baskets by Jelena Aleksic, but the hot handed home squad put together another 9-0 stretch for a 28-9 lead at the 10 minute mark.

 

Centenary (3-20, 2-10 Mid-Con) had trouble hitting shots, seeing more than their share of in-and-out baskets the entire half.  Shooing just 26.7 percent from the floor, the Ladies managed just another nine points in the half, four by Laura Way and five by Van’esha Brabson, on the way to a 44-18 halftime deficit.

 

The second half was all Valpo, heading out of the gates on a 12-0 run and jumping to a 40 point lead at the 12:10 mark.  Wilkins, playing limited minutes on the night, would score eight consecutive Centenary points in a two minute stretch.  The Ladies couldn’t put a dent into the Crusader lead, watching all their late game attempts answered in turn.

 

Both squads were sloppy with the ball, but Valparaiso took advantage by scoring 34 of their points off Centenary turnovers.  The Crusaders turned the ball over 16 times compared to the Ladies 23.

 

The Ladies continue their three-game road trek as they travel to face Chicago State on Saturday, followed by Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, next Monday.  Both games can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.