Chicago State Shoots Down Ladies 62-47
Saturday, February 11, 2006


Files associated with this release:
Ladies-CSU2 Box Score 2-11-06


Jelena Aleksic

Laura Way

Holli Wilkins

CHICAGO, Ill.—A definite size advantage and the hot shooting of Chandra Timberlake provided the Chicago State Lady Cougars with all they needed in defeating the Centenary Ladies 62-47 in Mid-Continent Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Ladies to 2-11 in league play while Chicago State improved to 5-6 within the conference with the win.

 

Centenary (3-21, 2-11 Mid-Con) hung tight with the home squad for the entire first half. Chicago State went on an 8-1 run fueled by six points from Ayesha Neasley to jump on top 21-14, but the Ladies responded with an old fashioned three-point play from Laura Way and six points from Jelena Aleksic to pull within two at 27-25 at the break.

 

After another Aleksic bucket tied the game at 29 apiece in the opening seconds of the second half, Chicago State (10-12, 5-6 Mid-Con) scored 13 unanswered points before Way ended the Centenary drought with a basket inside. However, the damage had been done as the Lady Cougars now led 42-29 with ten minutes left in the contest.

 

The Ladies would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as Timberlake provided 14 of her 17 points over the final eight minutes. She finished 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe and added seven rebounds on the day.

 

Wendi Walker notched a double double in the winning cause for the Lady Cougars as she dropped in 12 points and grabbed 10 boards. Neasley added 10 points in 25 minutes of action.

 

Aleksic paced Centenary with 16 points and four rebounds while Way pumped in 14 points on the strength of a 10-of-12 effort from the free throw line. Holli Wilkins recorded a game-high six steals in addition to her six assists.

 

The Ladies will now travel to Cedar City, Utah, on Monday to face-off with Southern Utah. The game will play a big part in determining who takes the final spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in March.