2006-07 Women's Basketball News
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June 20, 2007
Centenary and head women's basketball coach Steve Curtis announce the addition of Michelle Hale for the 2007-08 season.
May 18, 2007
Centenary women's basketball head coach Steve Curtis is pleased to announce the signing of Sarah Weiler to a National Letter of Intent for the 2007-08 season.
May 8, 2007
Centenary women's basketball adds another name to its recruiting class for the 2007-08 season, signing Karolina Zaloga to a National Letter of Intent.
March 9, 2007
Centenary Season Statistics
March 4, 2007
Centenary vs Oakland (03/04/07 at Tulsa, Okla. (UMAC))
February 26, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 12 points and 9 rebounds Monday ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Twenty-seven turnovers doomed the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-24, 1-13) against Oakland University (17-11, 12-2) Monday at the O’Rena, in Rochester, Mich. The Ladies fell to the Grizzlies, 73-53, in the regular season finale Monday. Clinching the Mid-Continent Conference regular season crown on their senior night, Oakland scored 28 points off of Centenary turnovers Monday. The Grizzlies led the whole way in Monday’s lopsided victory, playing a physical style of basketball that resulted in a huge advantage in rebounding for the home squad. Oakland grabbed 49 rebounds in Monday’s game, including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. In the paint, Oakland outscored the Ladies by a 40-6 margin, with much of the inside scoring coming as a result of the offensive rebounds. Centenary closed the margin to just eight points at the half, trailing 42-34 with 20 minutes remaining in the game. A Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) three to open the second half cut the deficit to five for the Ladies, showing promise after the intermission. Trading baskets in the opening five minutes of the second half, another Judice three cut the Oakland lead to four with 17:06 remaining. After Judice made a layup with 13:22 left in the game, making it an eight-point lead for the Grizzlies, Centenary went on almost a seven-minute scoring drought, outscored 13-0 by Oakland during the span. With the drought proving to be one of the keys to the Oakland win, the Grizzlies led by over 20 points with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, sealing the victory and the regular season conference championship. Sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) led the Ladies with 12 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes. Bush hit 4-of-7 shots from the floor Monday, including hitting 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Judice added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Leading all scorer
February 24, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush led the Ladies with 11 points Saturday INDIANAPOLIS -- Alicia Booyer scored 21 points to lead IUPUI (12-15, 6-7) to a 73-55 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-23, 1-12) Saturday at IUPUI Gymnasium. Booyer went 7-for-15 from the field in Saturday’s win, hitting all six of her free-throw attempts in the Jaguars 18-point win over the Ladies. Never trailing in Saturday’s game, IUPUI led 29-22 at the half, with Centenary outshooting the Jags for the first half, hitting 39.1 percent of their shots (9-23). Following the intermission, IUPUI came out of the locker room on a 9-0 run, including two consecutive layups by Booyer to open the half. Leading by 16, the Jaguars never trailed by less than 11 for the rest of the game, as Booyer and company shot 54.5 percent for the second half. In contrast, Centenary was limited to 33.3 percent from the floor, unable to get much production from beyond the arc. For the game, the Ladies shot 15.8 percent from three-point range, hitting three three-pointers in the loss. Down 20 to IUPUI with 10:36 left in the second half, Centenary did fight hard to cut the lead to 11 following a jumper by Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) with 5:31 left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Ladies, late baskets by Booyer and Jernisha Cann helped the Jaguars maintain a double-figure lead and capture their sixth conference win. Cann had a double-double in Saturday’s IUPUI win, scoring 10 pionts and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. She had six steals in 33 minutes of play. Sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) led Centenary with 11 points in the loss, hitting 4-of-7 shots. Passing the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career, senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) had seven points. Wilkins now stnads with 1,002 points for her collegiate career, becoming only the third Centenary player to score 1,000 points for their careers. Centenary travels to Oakland
February 19, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Joseph had 16 points in Monday's loss to Oral Roberts TULSA, Okla. -- A combined 42 points by Elisha Turek and Jenny Hardin led Oral Roberts (18-9, 7-5) to an 87-58 win over Centenary women’s basketball team (5-22, 1-11) Monday at the Mabee Center. Turek, a senior forward who leads the Mid-Continent Conference in both scoring and rebounding, had a game-high 22 points in Monday’s win for the Golden Eagles, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the floor. The 6-foot-1 forward recorded her conference-leading 14th double-double Monday, adding 10 rebounds and helping Oral Roberts to its fourth consecutive conference win. The Golden Eagles never trailed in Monday’s game, leading by as many as 38 points midway through the second half. Taking a 10-point lead following a pair of free throws by Hardin with 12:10 remaining in the first half, Oral Roberts would lead by double figures for the remainder of the game. Centenary’s comeback efforts were hindered due to foul trouble for leading-scorer Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) and lights-out shooting by the Golden Eagles. For the game, Oral Roberts shot 50.7 percent from the floor, scoring 20 more points in the paint than Centenary with high-percentage shots. Picking up her third foul of the contest with 6:01 remaining in the opening half, Wilkins had to sit out the remainder of the first half, playing only 21 minutes in Monday’s loss and finishing with just two points. Trailing 49-27 at the intermission, Centenary could not cut into the Oral Roberts lead early in the second half, instead trading baskets with the Golden Eagles. With 16:58 remaining, two free throws by Mariana Camargo gave the Golden Eagles their first 30-point lead of the game, not trailing by less than 30 until late in the game. Hardin, who played her second game after returning from injury, added 20 points and seven rebounds in the win. Leading Centenary in scoring was sophomore Cierra B
February 19, 2007
Centenary Game-by-Game Statistics
February 10, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 16 points in the loss SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by a double-double by junior center Alysa Klein, UMKC (8-16, 4-5) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-21, 0-10), 63-47, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Poor shooting doomed the Ladies in the second half, as Centenary shot just 20.8 percent from the floor following the intermission. Heading into the second half down just three points, UMKC used a 12-1 run early to pull away from the Ladies. With the early run culminating with a three by junior guard Brittny Picconi, the Kangaroos never trailed by less than 12 points for the remainder of the game. Klein was pivotal in the Kangaroos victory over the Ladies, scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 center, seventh in the Mid-Continent Conference in both scoring and rebounding, hit 9-of-16 shots Saturday, helping UMKC build a 34-16 edge in points in the paint. Centenary efficiently came out of the gates in Saturday’s game holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game. After a three by freshman guard Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) with 9:44 left in the first half, UMKC retook the lead from the Ladies with baskets by Heather Wimberly and Jowan Ortega. The two teams went cold for a period of four minutes to follow Ortega’s jumper, as UMKC closed the half outscoring Centenary, 13-8, and taking a 31-28 lead at the intermission. Guard Chazny Morris compliment Klein’s efforts, adding 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 16 points, playing all but two minutes of the contest. Suffering through the poor second half from the floor, the Ladies shot 34 percent from the floor for the game. Centenary returns to action Monday, hosting Southern Utah at the Gold Dome in their final home game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. < < Return to Ladies Basketball schedule
February 5, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Jospeh had eight points and seven rebounds Monday MACOMB, Ill. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-20, 0-9) struggled from the floor Monday, falling to Western Illinois (9-14, 5-4), 60-32, at Western Hall. Scoring a season-low 32 points, the Ladies shot just 25 percent from the floor in Monday’s game against the Westerwinds. With only five players scoring for Centenary, the 25 percent set a new season-low for shooting percentage by the Ladies, who continue to search for their first win in conference play. After trailing by six to start Monday’s game, Centenary battled back to take a four-point lead on the Westerwinds following a Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) layup with 11:23 left in the first half. Following Aleksic’s layup, Western Illinois went on a 22-0 run, holding Centenary scoreless for almost nine minutes. Pinpoint shooting aided the Westerwinds during the first-half run, hitting 61.5 percent (8-13) of their three-point shots and taking a 37-18 lead at the half. Playing their second game without injured guard and leading scorer Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) , the Ladies’ shooting woes continued in the second half, hitting just 16.7 percent (4-24) of their shots following the intermission. Centenary, trailing by close to 20 points for most of the second half, couldn’t take advantage of poor shooting by the Westerwinds, who failed to make a three-pointer following halftime. A layup by Ladies freshman Samantha Gillespie (Glenmora, La.) made the score 44-29 with nine minutes remaining, but eight-straight points by Western Illinois again pushed the deficit to more than 20 points with time running out in the contest. Centenary would manage only three more points in the final five minutes against the Westerwinds. Three Westerwind players ended the game with double-digit scoring, led by forward Stephanie Lovingood’s 12 points. Lovingood ended the game with a
February 3, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jasmine Bothwell had a career-high 10 points against Valpo Saturday VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Valparaiso (13-9, 6-2) shot 53.8 percent from the floor in handing the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-19, 0-8) their worst loss of the season Saturday, defeating the Ladies 84-44 at the Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation Center. In almost matching their season-high for field-goal percentage for a game (.553), the Crusaders never trailed in Saturday’s lopsided win, led in scoring by junior forward Sanna Helenius with 13 points. All-around, balanced scoring propelled Valpo to their sixth win in conference play, as no player logged more than 24 minutes in the contest and only two players finished in double-figured scoring. Scoring a season-high 84 points, Valpo hit 12 three-pointers in Saturday’s contest, tying the most three-pointers allowed by Centenary this season. Centenary trailed by 10 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half, still within striking distance of a comeback. Unfortunately for the Ladies, the baskets did not fall after the six minute mark, as Centenary allowed Valparaiso to go on a 10-0 run for the next five minutes and take a 20-point lead at the half. The Ladies just couldn’t cut into such a large deficit following the intermission, allowing Valparaiso to extend to the 40-point lead late in the game. Following junior Sara Judice’s (Lafayette, La.) jumper within the first two minutes of the second half, Centenary allowed three-straight baskets to the Crusaders, unable to string any sort of run to fight back into the game. For the game, Centenary shot 27.8 percent from the floor, led in scoring by freshman Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala.) , who had a career-high 10 points in the loss. Helenius, playing just 13 minutes in Saturday’s game, went 2-for-3 from the floor and converted all eight of her free-throw attempts. Valpo leading scorer Betsy Rietema finished wit
January 29, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had a double-double in the loss to IUPUI Monday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The shots just did not fall for the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-18, 0-7) in Monday night’s matchup against IUPUI (8-12, 3-4), as the Ladies fell 67-55 to the visiting Jaguars. Shooting a disappointing 27.6 percent for the game, Centenary struggled mightily at the start of the second half, not hitting a basket for the first five-and-half minutes of the half. IUPUI turned what was a two-point halftime lead to 11 points early, going on a 9-0 run to open the second half and not conceding the lead for the remainder of the game. "This is easily the most disappointing loss of the year for me," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the loss. "That’s a game we should win. It’s a time of the year we should be getting better and we just don’t play like we’re supposed to." Curtis remarked at his team’s failure to compete at stretches during the contest. The effort was just not there for the Ladies in the second half, evident by Centenary’s lack of team defense and the Ladies allowing IUPUI to shoot 50 percent from the floor. For a stretch, much of the Jaguars’ offensive conversions came from fastbreak layups due to careless turnovers by the Ladies or uncontested drives to the hoop due to breakdowns on defense for Centenary. The 9-0 run to start the second half can be viewed as the breaking point for the Ladies, as Centenary did not have the drive or fight to get back into the game down 11. Shoulders shrugged, emotions flared and from body language alone, Centenary appeared as though it was a defeated team. "At that point, the game is far from over, but we just didn’t fight like I thought we would," Curtis said of the early second-half run by IUPUI. "We got to get more competitive. We got to get more aggressive and we got to be able to play through things." The Jaguars hit 47.
January 27, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush 13 points and 6 rebounds Saturday against Oakland SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-17, 0-6) fell 73-61 to Oakland (9-10, 5-1) Saturday at the Gold Dome, unable to capture its first conference win of the season. Lack of focus and poor interior defense may have been the culprit in the 12-point loss to the Golden Grizzlies Saturday. Centenary turned the ball over 25 times, to 16 turnovers for Oakland resulting in 27 points. In the paint, Oakland scored 40 points to just 16 for the Ladies, something Centenary head coach Steve Curtis says his team must improve upon. Curtis praised his team’s effort, however remarked how his team must remain focused for the full 40 minutes of the game. "We’re playing hard enough, we’re just not playing smart enough," Curtis said. "They’re (Oakland) a good enough team that every time we made a mistake, they’d get a basket out of it." Giving his full compliments to the Oakland team, which was tied for the conference lead heading into Saturday’s game, Curtis said his team lost due to their mistakes. Down by nine to start the second half, Centenary had an early run on the Golden Grizzlies, cutting the lead to six following a three-pointer by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) , who led the Ladies with 18 points. On the ensuing possession following Wilkins’ three, Centenary sophomore guard Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) showed tremendous effort to recover underneath the basket and block a shot attempt by Hanna Reising of Oakland, bringing the crowd to its feet in appreciation. After the Golden Grizzlies reestablished a nine-point lead with under 15 minutes left in the contest, freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) nailed a three right in front of the Centenary bench, again brining the Ladies to within six points of tying the game. Unable to get over the hump after Jefferson’s three, Centenary endured a six-minute span wit
January 22, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush scored over 20 points for the third-straight game SHREVEPORT, La. -- Elisha Turek scored a season-high 32 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Oral Roberts (12-7, 2-3) over the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-16, 0-5) Monday at the Gold Dome. Turek, a senior forward, helped the high-powered Golden Eagles offense score over eighty points for the seventh time this season, with Oral Roberts leading the Mid-Con in team scoring this season (70.3 ppg.). The 6-foot-2 Turek hit 13-of-17 shots in Monday’s win, pounding the glass for nine offensive rebounds against the Ladies. Leading the conference in rebounding (10.3 rpg.) and second in scoring (16.9 ppg.), Turek proved to be a force in the paint Monday. With her aggressiveness on the offensive end, Turek helped the Golden Eagles create multiple second-chance scoring opportunities, outscoring Centenary in second-chance points, 26-9. "We knew that she (Turek) was going to be a big part on whether they win or lose," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "Without looking at the film, I would imagine she scored eight or 10 times when they threw her the ball. Probably 20 of her 32 were just second shots, where she just rebounded, manhandled us and scored." Turek was instrumental for the Golden Eagles early in the first half, scoring 9-of-18 points on an 18-2 run by Oral Roberts. Illustrating Curtis’ words of the forward, two of Turek’s four baskets during the run were a result of an offensive rebound, helping Oral Roberts take a 15-point lead at 21-6. True to form, the Ladies would not fold and stormed back after trailing by 15 and being held scoreless for almost five minutes early in the first half. Leading the charge, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) scored five points in a Centenary 10-1 run, cutting the lead to six points. Unfortunately for the Ladies, the momentum was short-lived, as Oral Roberts would score three-straight b
January 20, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 24 points against Chicago State Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-15) fell, 75-61, to Chicago State Saturday at the Gold Dome. Chicago State was led by 20 points by senior forward Ayesha Neasley. After a promising 10-0 run to start the game, the Ladies were outscored 16-2 by the Cougars to fall behind by four points, never to lead again for the remainder of the contest. Outscoring Centenary by 22 points in the paint (44-22), Chicago State utilized its speed and aggressiveness in Saturday’s contest against the Ladies, driving to the hoop for several cutting layups. Attacking the rim following missed shots, the Cougars grabbed 19 offensive rebounds in the game, scoring 13 second chance points to just two for the Ladies. Trailing 38-27 at the start of the second half, Centenary was able to put together a 6-0 run midway through the second half, cutting the deficit to six points following a layup by senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) . With momentum on their side, the Ladies were unable to capitalize on the almost three-minute scoreless drought by Chicago State, allowing the Cougars to penetrate the paint for slashing layups and extend the lead back up to 14 points. Chicago State would hold a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes of the contest, breaking a two-game losing streak and evening its record against Mid-Con teams at 2-2. A predominately guard-laden lineup, four players scored in double figures for the Cougars, taking most of their shots from inside the arc and failing to make a three-pointer for the entire contest Saturday (0-5). Joining Neasley in double figures, sophomore Jasmin Dixon scored 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and registering two steals. Seniors Chandra Timberlake and Faith Buchanan had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Over the last few minutes of the game, Centenary was unable to string together a prolonged scoring
January 15, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 22 points in Monday's game against UMKC KANSAS CITY -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-14, 0-4) fell to UMKC (6-12, 2-1), 64-57, Monday at Swinney Recreation Center, on the campus of UMKC. With the loss, Centenary continues to search for its first win in Mid-Continent Conference play. Behind an 11-0 run midway through the second half, UMKC took a 52-41 lead and never looked back for the remainder of the game. Tied at 41-41 at the 10:26 mark of the second half, a layup by UMKC junior Marta Waalen started the run for the Kangaroos, finished off by a running jumper by senior Jowan Ortega with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest. Continuing to fight to tie the game after the close to five-minute scoreless drought, Centenary cut the UMKC lead to six with 2:21 remaining in the contest. On the next possession for the Kangaroos, junior Brittny Picconi nailed a three from the top of the key with less than two minutes remaining, reestablishing a nine-point lead for UMKC. With less than 30 seconds remaining, Centenary sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La./Lakeview) hit a three to make it a five-point game, however the Ladies were forced to foul to conserve time and fell by seven to the Kangaroos, who captured their second win in conference play this season. Picconi led UMKC with 22 points Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots from the floor and utilizing her inside-outside game to move the Kangaroo offense. Scoring for Centenary was spread out between three players in Monday’s game, led by Bush’s 22 points. Bush was joined by senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia/Universal) and junior forward Sara Judice (Lafayette, La./East Central CC) in double figures with 18 and 11 points, respectively. Judice matched a career high, leading all players with 10 rebounds in Monday’s loss. Centenary performed well early in the second half after trailing 27-24 at the intermission. On fiv
January 13, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins led the Ladies with 11 points Saturday CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Centenary’s (4-13, 0-3) road woes continue, as the Ladies fell 63-53 to Southern Utah (4-11, 1-1) Saturday at Centrum Arena. Anne Westwood led the Thunderbirds with 19 points in Saturday’s game. The effort was there for Centenary, however the result was not what the Ladies would have hoped for. A back-and-forth first half between two evenly-matched teams ended with Southern Utah leading by a point at 26-25. Scoring was spread out between the Ladies in the opening half, with seven players registering a point. Neither team was able to pull away following the intermission, with the two teams playing within one-to-two possessions of each other for majority of the second half. A three by Southern Utah would be answered by a three by Centenary. A basket inside by Centenary would be followed by a jumper by Southern Utah, and this would continue throughout the final half. The difference came with less than five minutes remaining in the contest when Southern Utah would scored six unanswered points to take a 59-51 lead. Second shots by the Thunderbirds was the thorn in the side of the Ladies in the game, according to head coach Steve Curtis . "They got a lot of loose balls and they got a lot of second shots," Curtis said. "They’d get the ball, they’d pick it up and they’d make another shot from there. Where we’d get the ball, we’d have a chance to go down and make a play for ourselves." Converting open looks at the basket, something Centenary unfortunately could not do in the final five minutes to the game, the Thunderbirds would not look back after the consecutive baskets. After a three-pointer by Centenary junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La./East Central CC) cut the lead to just two points at the 5:35 mark, baskets by Julie Stradling, Heather Hillock and Charmaine Piula gave the Thunderbirds what turned out to be an
January 8, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic had 10 points to lead the Ladies SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-12, 0-2) faces the crossroads of their season following a disappointing 69-43 loss to Valparaiso (8-7, 2-0) Monday at the Gold Dome. With the loss, the Ladies continue to search for their first victory in conference play. Now 0-2 in Mid-Continent Conference games and with an upcoming two-game roadtrip to Southern Utah and UMKC, Centenary must regroup following Monday’s lopsided, 26-point loss to the Crusaders. "This hurts. This is not what we want to do to represent Centenary, the Shreveport-Bossier area or each other," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the game. "This is not the way we want to play, but we have a choice. We can sit around and cry about it or go on and beat Southern Utah." Curtis and the Ladies faced a hot team in the Crusaders, winners of their past three games heading into Monday’s contest. Leading the Mid-Con in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 39.1 percent as a team, Valparaiso relied on its outside shooting to extend its lead on Centenary Monday. Hitting 11 three-pointers as a team, the Crusaders were led by the outside shooting of sophomore guard Launa Hochstetler, who hit 4-of-5 three-point shots Monday. Held scoreless in the first half, Hochstetler led all players with 16 points, all coming following the intermission as the Crusaders would 42 points in the second half. After a three by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) cut the lead to 13 points early in the second half, Centenary went into a four-minute scoreless drought, outscored 14-0 by Valparaiso and trailing by 27 points following a layup by Betsy Rietema. Down by such a large margin, Centenary just could not recover for the remainder of the game. Of the offensive breakdown by the Ladies that led to such a large deficit, Curtis commented on his team’s dealing with pressure. Throughout the season, Curtis has said
January 6, 2007
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led all players with 18 points SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-11, 0-1 Mid-Con) played tough throughout Saturday’s game against Western Illinois (4-10, 1-0 Mid-Con), but missed opportunities led to a 67-58 loss to the Westerwinds in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams at the Gold Dome. Facing the defending conference regular season champion Westerwinds, Centenary entered Saturday’s game with a new outlook on the season, a new beginning and an opportunity to start afresh with the start of conference play. Vital to any success in the conference, a team must hold serve and win its home games during the Mid-Con schedule. Saturday, the Ladies started slow out of the box and fell behind by six points at the intermission, having to play catch-up for majority of the contest. "It probably took us 15-20 minutes to get going," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "This was a game we could’ve won and we let it get away from us. "They’re (Western Illinois) very difficult. They were very strong, but we just didn’t react." Western Illinois’ strength was illustrated by the inside attack of 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Nicole Myers, who finished with 16 points Saturday. Playing with her back to the basket and stationing herself in the paint, Myers used her strength and height to go 8-for-9 from the floor and help Western Illinois build a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint. When not going inside to Myers, the Westerwinds used an array of screens to get their shooters open looks from beyond the arc, hitting seven three-pointers in the win and shooting 50 percent from three-point range. As Centenary would come within 1-to-2 possession of tying the game, Western Illinois would step back and hit timely three-point shots, building as much as a 12-point lead late in the game. "Everytime we made a mistake, they capitalized on it," Curtis said. "Down the stretch we just got i
December 30, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had her third-straight game in double figures Bethany Joseph had 11 of the Ladies 23 points to close the game SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sparked by a strong finish, the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-10) earned a 75-59 win over McNeese State (2-10) Saturday at the Gold Dome. For the first time this season, four players scored in double figures for the Ladies, led by 18 points by sophomore Cierra Bush . After Centenary led by 12 at the start of the second half, careless and conservative play by the Ladies allowed McNeese State back into the game, with the Cowgirls taking a 55-52 lead midway through the second half. Gathering their bearings after trailing for the first time since McNeese State took a 2-0 lead 36 seconds into the game, Centenary would go on a 23-4 run to close the game and earn the 16-point win. As far as holding the Cowgirls to just four points over the final 10 minutes, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said his team just executed better. Curtis alluded to his team controlling its own destiny with its play. "We just did what we do better and we talk about that a lot," Curtis said. "McNeese came at us hard at the start of the second half and we didn’t really respond. They had all the momentum. I was really pleased Jasmine (Bothwell), Bethany (Joseph) and Leslie (Forest). The three freshman came off the bench and did a great job for us." Curtis pointed out a single play by Bothwell that really ignited the Ladies after falling behind. Leading 58-55 after a Joseph free throw, Bothwell swarmed McNeese State guard Brittany Boone near the sideline. Not allowing Boone to penetrate, Bothwell forced a turnover by Boone, diving on a loose ball and bringing the crowd to its feet in congratulatory cheer for the freshman guard’s all-out effort. Centenary would score nine-straight points following Bothwell’s steal, taking a 12-point lead over McNeese State with less than six minutes re
December 20, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush led all scorers with 27 points Wednesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Amber Eugene’s 21-point effort led Southern Mississippi (6-7) to a 73-61 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (3-10) Wednesday at Reed Green Coliseum. Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles in Wednesday’s game. What could be viewed as a tale of two halves, Centenary fell behind early and could not overcome a 17-point halftime deficit. Southern Miss held a double-digit lead for majority of the opening half, taking advantage of its size-advantage on the interior and miscues on the offensive end by Centenary. With the score 15-10 in favor of the home Lady Eagles, Centenary proceeded to allow five-straight points, helping Southern Miss take a 10-point advantage. The Lady Eagles would build upon this lead throughout the remainder of the half, holding a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the contest. Turnovers and poor execution, both offensively and defensively, in the first half may have been the culprit in Wednesday’s 12-point loss to the Lady Eagles. Turning the ball over 24 times in the game, Centenary racked up 15 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 14 Southern Miss points. "It just poise. It’s hard to work on poise," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said of the early turnovers. "It’s hard to work on decision making under pressure. A lot of times we caught the ball and would have someone open right where we wanted them open, yet we wouldn’t throw her the ball." The turnovers, coupled with poor shooting from the field, caused the Ladies to have to play catch up in the second half. For the half, Centenary shot 30.8 percent from the floor, converting just 1-of-8 three-point shots. A different Centenary team took the court for the start of the second half. Down 44-27, the Ladies showed a greater focus and patience on the offensive end in the second half, scoring po
December 17, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 23 points in Sunday's win, leading all scorers Cierra Bush had a double-double with 20 poitns and 10 rebounds HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A dubious streak was halted Sunday as the Centenary women’s basketball team (3-9) defeated Sam Houston State (3-7), 84-70, at Johnson Coliseum. The Ladies were led by a combined 43 points by Holli Wilkins and Cierra Bush . Exploding for its largest point output of the season, Centenary snapped its streak of 55 consecutive losses on the road, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Last earning a road win Dec. 7, 2002 against St. Francis College, an energized Ladies side showed focus and determination from the opening tip, executing on the offensive end throughout the game. "I feel good because we did a really good job of reading the defense and executing our offense," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the win. Of the 84-point output by Centenary, Curtis said that if his team is executing offensively, they should be able to score 70 to 80 points. From the get-go, it was noticeable that this was a changed Centenary team, showing an abundance of hustle and hitting its open looks. With Sam Houston State leading by a point a little over five minutes into the game, senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) hit a three just beyond the left arc to give the Ladies a 15-13 lead. Moving the ball to open shooters, Centenary would only build to the advantage following Aleksic’s bucket, not surrendering the lead for the remainder of the contest. Six-straight points would follow Aleksic’s three, five points by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) alone. The Ladies would take a three-point lead into the half thanks to 52 percent shooting from the floor, shooting a season high for the first half from three-point range (55.6 percent). More of the same greeted the Ladies at the start of the second half, as Centenary scored six-straight points following the in
December 9, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic scored 7 of the Ladies' 15 field goals in Saturday's game SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (2-9) fell 56-39 to Southeastern Louisiana (6-3) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Senior Brenita Williams led SELU with 18 points in Saturday’s win for the Lady Lions. Winning its fifth consecutive game, Southeastern Louisiana took advantage of its height in the interior and outrebounded Centenary, 56-39, scoring double the number of points in the paint as the Ladies (24-12). It was the inside game of Southeastern Louisiana and rebounding that Centenary head coach Steve Curtis emphasized to his team as it prepared for the Lady Lions. "Pregame, the biggest thing we wrote on the board was rebound," Curtis said. "It has been a problem, because when we don’t play well, we give up too many second shots, and it hurt us again today." Southeastern Louisiana scored 14 second-chance points in Saturday’s 17-point win. Although starting slow in Saturday’s game, Centenary only trailed by a point at the 11:45 mark of the first half, despite suffering a scoreless drought of over five minutes at the start of the game. Down 12-11 midway through the opening half, the Ladies endured a series of turnover-plagued possessions to close the first half, trailing 30-18 at the intermission. These turnovers by Centenary, 12 in the first half and 22 for the game, seemingly made a one-point game into a double-digit deficit. On multiple possessions, the Ladies would drive down the court and either fumble a pass or throw a pass out of bounds, frustrating Curtis and his staff. "We open up the game and we’re missing layups. The balls going through our hands, we can’t even catch the ball all of a sudden. We’re throwing it out of bounds. We’re just not taking care of the ball," Curtis said. Southeastern Louisiana opened the second half on a 10-2 run, extending the lead to 20
December 5, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins hit five three-pointers to lead the Ladies Tuesday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by 30 points by senior guard Holli Wilkins , the Centenary women’s basketball team (2-8) defeated Lamar (3-5), 80-68, Tuesday at the Gold Dome. Scoring one off of her career-high in points (31), Wilkins had one of her best all-around games of her Centenary career, dishing out seven assists and hitting five threes in the 12-point Ladies’ win. "The 30 points was great for Holli and the team, but I was really please with her seven assists," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "She’s really learning to pass it off when her shot is challenged." As the two teams traded the lead in the opening moments of Tuesday’s game, a three by freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) gave the Ladies a 16-14 lead with 13:41 left in the first half, holding the lead for the remainder of the game. Jefferson’s three was foreshadowing a big night from beyond the arc for Centenary, as the Ladies made a season-high nine three-pointers in the win over the Lady Cardinals, led by Wilkins’ five. A total team effort in the win, with three players scoring in double figures, Curtis gave credit to Wilkins’ teammates for getting the senior guard open shots all evening. "Everybody’s going to talk about Holli and her points," Curtis said. "But I felt that Sara (Judice) and Cierra (Bush), Mo (Jefferson) and Leslie (Forest) did a great job screening for her. As we learn to take better angles to screen and read defenses, we’re going to get better and better." Taking a nine-point lead into the intermission, its largest halftime lead thus far in the season, Centenary scored seven-straight points to open the second half, extending the lead to 16 and forcing Lamar to take a timeout to regroup. The Lady Cardinals were able to cut the Centenary lead to seven with under two minutes remaining in the second half, bu
December 5, 2006
Centenary Game Highs and Lows
December 2, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Julia Bowie had eight points and four rebounds in the loss NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Centenary struggled mightily in a lopsided, 37-point loss to Stephen F. Austin (4-3) Saturday at Johnson Coliseum, falling, 85-48, to the Ladyjacks. Starting the month of December off on the wrong foot, Centenary (1-8) fell behind late in the first half and was unable to make up a double-digit deficit, falling behind by 18 points at halftime. Trailing by 12 with 12:28 remaining in the first half, Centenary waged a momentary comeback attempt, cutting the Ladyjack lead to four points after three-straight baskets. After a layup by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) cut the margin to 10 , senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) hit two consecutive three-pointers to make it a four-point game, the closest Centenary got to the Ladyjacks since the 19:01 mark of the first half. Unfortunately for the Ladies, turnovers plagued the team after Wilkins’ momentum-changing baskets, allowing Stephen F. Austin to enter the locker room with a 48-30 lead. In what could be determined as the deciding factor in the loss, Centenary turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, compared to zero turnovers for Stephen F. Austin in the opening 20 minutes. Opportunistic, the Ladyjacks converted the 15 turnovers into 19 points, taking almost a 20-point lead into the second half. For the game, Centenary turned the ball over 28 times, with Stephen F. Austin committing 13 turnovers. Sending a message to his team, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis sent out five new starters for the start of the second half. Continuing to try to get back into the game, the lead was just too much for the Ladies to overcome and Stephen F. Austin held a lead of no less than 20 points for all but 17 seconds of the second half. Wilkins, limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble, had a game-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, going 3-for-5 from three-point range. Sophomore Julia Bowie
November 30, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Post Game Quotes Holli Wilkins had a game-high 21 points Monique Jefferson scored five points late in the second half SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-7) fell late to one-loss Louisiana-Monroe (7-1) Thursday, suffering a 74-71 loss to the Warhawks at the Gold Dome. With the ball and 4.6 seconds left on the clock, Centenary had one last shot to send the game into overtime, looking for a desperation three with time running out on the game clock. As senior Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) hastily drove down the court with the ball, she unleashed a shot from just outside the top of the arc, as time expired with the ball in the air. Falling away as the shot was released, Wilkins’ shot fell short of the rim, resulting in the heartbreaking three-point loss to the Warhawks. "We were just trying to get a shot," said Centenary head coach Steve Curtis of Wilkins’ last-second attempt. "Obviously, we would have liked to get her open, but with five seconds there really isn’t too much time to read too many things." Arguably putting together their best all-around game of the season thus far, Centenary made up a double-digit deficit late to come within one possession of tying the Warhawks with Wilkins’ shot at the end of regulation. "That was the first time that we played like we know we can play," Wilkins said. "Everyone bought into coach’s game plan and we all played well." Trailing by 11 with 5:36 remaining in the contest, the Ladies could’ve folded. Instead, Centenary united and almost pulled off a miraculous comeback. Finally getting better shots as a team, according to Curtis, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) started the comeback with a pull-up jumper with 5:24 remaining. Down by nine, five-straight points by Wilkins ensued, including a long three off a screen with 4:12 left in the contest. Wilkins led all players with 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from
November 28, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 19 points in the loss Tuesday NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Led by junior Ashlee Barnum, the Northwestern State women’s basketball team (2-3) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-6), 71-61, Tuesday at Prather Coliseum. Barnum, a 6-foot-2 forward, had her way in the low block against the Ladies, leading Northwestern State with 19 points in the Lady Demon win. As Northwestern State led by five opening the second half, Barnum and company continued to pound the ball inside, backing-up the Ladies and extending the lead to 11 after the first media timeout of the second half. Centenary continued to battle despite trailing by double-digits midway through the second half, a tribute to the heart and overall effort of the Ladies. With under four minutes remaining in the contest, a three by sophomore forward Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) cut the Northwestern State lead to five, however the Ladies failed to get any closer for the remainder of the game. Trailing by 11 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, a jumper from the right wing by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) made the deficit nine for Centenary, but missed shots forced the Ladies to foul, allowing the Lady Demons to get to the line and extend the lead back to double-digits. Along with Barnum, Tena Matthews scored in double figures for the Lady Demons, notching 12 points. In sharp contrast to its three road games of last week, Centenary came out of the gates shooting in Tuesday’s game against the Lady Demons. Led by 10 first-half points by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas), Centenary trailed, 39-34, at the half, shooting 41.9 percent from the floor. The Ladies capitalized on open looks and patience on the offensive end to stay in the game early. Wilkins, struggling from the floor in the Ladies last game against Samford, led Centenary with 19 points, going 7-of-17 from the floor. Joining Wilkins in double figur
November 25, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic was named to the All-Tournament Team Saturday BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Senior Veronica Pike led Samford (5-1) to a 60-36 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-5) Saturday at the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic, played at Bill Battle Coliseum on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. Pike, a 6-foot-1 forward, ended the game with a game-high 18 points, scoring majority of her points in the interior and using her large frame to her advantage. A strong change in attitude from the previous evening enabled the Ladies to stay within striking distance for majority of the first half, evidence by an increase in aggression on the defensive end and Centenary staying within 10 points until the waning moments of the opening half. As the Ladies trailed 17-10 late in the first half, a three from the left corner by Bulldog junior Alex Munday gave Samford its first double-digit lead in the contest, building upon the 10-point lead with timely three-point shots. Overall poor shooting from the floor by Centenary, coupled with Samford shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, led to a halftime deficit of 24 points for the Ladies. Centenary shot 4-for-21 (19 percent) from the floor Saturday, its season low shooting percentage for a half this season. As the second half began, Samford continued to pound the ball inside, sealing off the interior for close-range shots by Munday and Pike. Although playing from behind following the half, the Ladies continued to battle for the remainder of the contest, chipping away at the large Samford lead, however Centenary could not overcome the large deficit. Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the Ladies in scoring with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. For the game, the Ladies shot 27.5 percent from the floor, going 3-for-15 from beyond the arc. Following the contest, Aleksic was named to the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team, leading C
November 24, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led all players with 14 points in the loss BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A poor first half doomed the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-4) Friday at Bill Battle Coliseum, as the Ladies fell to tournament-hosts Birmingham-Southern (2-3), 77-43, in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic. In the opening half, Centenary committed a season-high 17 turnovers, scoring a season-low 17 points in the first half and trailing at the intermission, 44-17. Aiding to the 27-point deficit at the half was the Ladies poor shooting, unable to convert open looks at the basket on numerous occasions down the court. Centenary shot 25.9 percent from the floor in the first half, a season-low shooting percentage for a half. In the first half, Birmingham-Southern scored 17 points off of turnovers by the Ladies. For a six-minute period in the opening half, both teams went cold from the floor. With the Lady Panthers leading 20-8 at the 13:36 mark of the first half, neither team was able to score a basket until the 7:03 mark when Centenary freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) hit a running layup to make the score 20-11. Following Jefferson’s layup, the Ladies were outscored, 24-6, to close the half, having to play from behind for the remainder of the contest. Having to overcome such a large deficit in the second half, the largest lead any opponent has held over Centenary thus far into the season after the first half, the Ladies could not come within 20 points of the host Lady Panthers, with Birmingham-Southern extending the lead to as much as 38 points in the second half. With three Lady Panther players scoring in double figures, the Birmingham-Southern scoring onslaught was led by junior Keanna Vicks and senior Pam Thornborrow, both with 12 points in the game. Thornborrow, a 5-7 guard, went 5-for-8 from the floor in Friday’s win, dishing out five assists. For the game, Birmingham-Southern scored 30 points off of
November 21, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Joseph led the Ladies in scoring in Tuesday's loss NEW ORLEANS -- A combined 41 points by Le’Della English and Talishia Young led the University of New Orleans (3-1) to a 83-63 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-3) Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO. The Lady Privateers put forth a dominating performance inside against Centenary, outrebouding the Ladies, 48-34, and outscoring Centenary, 46-18, in the paint. Capitalizing on numerous turnovers by the Ladies, in addition to poor shooting throughout the contest, New Orleans built off a 14-point halftime lead, extending the lead to as much as 25 points in the second half. Following the loss, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis says his team must improve on taking care of the basketball and capitalize on its opportunities. "They scored 83 points and probably 40 of them were on transitions, points that we gave them," Curtis said. "When we can cut down on some of those mistakes and make them earn every point they score, we’ll be a pretty good ball club. And we’re moving in the right direction." Young, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, was a menace inside the paint for the Ladies. Picking up a double-double in the win, Young routinely would snatch up offensive rebounds and use her height for easy putbacks. Young finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Young and the Lady Privateers blew the game wide open at the end of the first half. Nearing the intermission, Centenary was plagued by turnovers and had trouble converting open looks, held scoreless for the final 4:20 of the first half as New Orleans went on an 8-0 run to close the half. Reinforcing Curtis’ comments on the turnover margin, Centenary turned the ball over 10 times in the opening half, compared to just two turnovers for the Lady Privateers, leading to the double-digit halftime lead for New Orleans, a lead which Centenary could not reco
November 18, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led Centenary with 22 points Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Three players in double figures led the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-2) to its first win of the season, defeating Nicholls State University (0-3), 79-66, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Helping first-year head coach Steve Curtis pick up his first win with the Ladies program, Centenary held a 48-30 edge in rebounds in Saturday’s game against the Lady Colonels, using its height advantage to push the ball inside the paint. "We felt like they would really have trouble guarding us inside, Curtis said following the win. "They’ve given up some points inside (in their earlier games). In the post, Ladies senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. With both an inside and outside game, according to Curtis, Aleksic helped contribute to Centenary’s 36-26 advantage in points in the paint, using her height in the low block for the Ladies. As Nicholls State traveled only seven players to Saturday’s contest, ending the game with four players due to foul trouble, Centenary looked to use its depth and capture their first win of the season. As the two teams traded leads to start the game, Centenary used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room. At the start of the second half, Aleksic started to catch fire, scoring six points in the first three minutes of the second half to help extend the Ladies’ lead to nine after the first media timeout. Ahead for majority of the second half, the Ladies continued to get second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds, spearheaded by 10 total rebounds by junior Laura Way (Mt. Pleasant, Pa.) . Way added seven points in 22 minutes. Left open for jump shots after Centenary continued to reversed the ball, freshman Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) scored a career-high 17 points, with 11
November 14, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic JACKSON, Miss. -- A combined 31 points by Shante Stanford and Shelita Burns led Jackson State University (2-0) to a 73-48 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (0-2) at the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center Tuesday. Picked to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference and led by SWAC Preseason Player of the Year in Burns, Jackson State capitalized on poor shooting by the Ladies and timely baskets to earn their second win of the season Tuesday. For the second consecutive game, Centenary was plagued by poor shooting from the field, going 17-for-61 from floor for 27.9 percent. Tuesday’s performance comes on the heels of Saturday’s loss to Texas-Pan American at the Gold Dome, in which the Ladies shot 29.8 percent from the floor. Despite holding the lead just once against the Lady Tigers Tuesday, Centenary kept the Jackson State lead under 10 points through the first 11 minutes of the game, trailing 21-12 at the 9:40 mark of the first half. Down by 15 after three-straight baskets by Jackson State, freshman guard Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala.) helped the Ladies get back into the contest with back-to-back jumpers, cutting the lead to 11. The two teams continued to trade baskets, with the Ladies inevitably trailing at the half, 40-26. Having to play catch-up following the intermission, Centenary was unable to cut into the 14-point halftime lead, shooting 6-for-35 (.171) in the second half and trailing by as many as 27 points. Stanford led all players with 16 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-7 from the three-point line. Burns had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Leading Centenary, senior Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting. The Ladies return to the Gold Dome Saturday to host Nicholls State at 2 p.m. < < Return to Ladies Basketball schedule
November 11, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins scored a career-high 31 points in the loss to UTPA SHREVEPORT, La. -- Despite a career-high 31 points by senior Holli Wilkins , the Centenary women’s basketball team (0-1) fell to the University of Texas-Pan American (1-0), 65-46, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Scoring 31 of the Ladies 46 points in the contest, Wilkins, a native of Evadale, Texas, broke her previous career mark of 27 points in the loss, scoring 21 of Centenary’s 23 points in the second half. Although having a career night, going 11-for-19 from the floor and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, Wilkins said the points come secondary to winning, disappointed with the loss in the season-opener of her final collegiate season. "A career-high in points doesn’t really matter, I’d rather of won the game," Wilkins said following the opening loss. Asked what the teams needs to improve on in future games, Wilkins said the Ladies must play a complete game. "We got to have faith in this offense and, across the board, everyone needs to play the entire game," Wilkins said. Playing the Lady Broncs even through the first 10 minutes of the game, Centenary followed with almost a six-minute scoreless drought, allowing UTPA to build an 11-point lead. Shooting high-percentage shots, UTPA built an 18-point lead following the first half, hitting majority of their shots from inside the paint. The Lady Broncs, who shot 60.7 percent from the floor in the opening half, had 26 points from inside the paint, compared to just eight in the first half for the Ladies. Attempting to rebound from a poor shooting effort in the first half, going 8-for-28 from the floor, Wilkins led Centenary’s comeback effort in the second half. Down by 49-30 with less than 14 minutes remaining in the contest, Wilkins single-handedly brought the Ladies back within 11 points of UTPA. From the 13:16 mark of the second half, 10-straight points by Wilkins made the score 51-40, cu
November 6, 2006
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 17 points to lead the Ladies in the win Jelena Aleksic's basket gave the Ladies the lead for good SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to earn a 79-77 comeback victory over Harding University in an exhibition contest at the Gold Dome Monday. Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the Ladies rode a 14-2 run at the start the second half to get back into the game against the Lady Bison. The comeback run was capped by a three-pointer by senior forward Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas/Evadale) with 13:58 remaining in the second half, giving Centenary a 56-55 lead. Harding regained the lead following three-pointers by freshman Kelsea Lyda and freshman Kaitlin May, building as much as a six-point lead following Wilkins’ momentum-changing three-pointer. The Lady Bison relied heavily on the three throughout the contest, hitting 16 of 44 attempts (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. With Harding leading, 69-65, with eight minutes remaining in the second half, a basket by senior Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia/Universal) and two free throws by sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La./Lakeview) tied the game at 69-69 with 4:17 left. Never trailing again following the Bush made free throws, Aleksic gave the Ladies the lead for good with a jumper from the left wing. Down by two with time running out, a driving layup attempt by May rang off of the rim, sealing the victory for Centenary. In the second half, the Ladies outscored Harding, 45-26, something Centenary head coach Steve Curtis and the Ladies can build on entering this weekend’s season-opener against Texas-Pan American. "So much of winning is believing we could win," Curtis said of the Ladies comeback victory. Curtis expounded that Centenary went with a scripted first half, treating the game as an exhibition and taking a look at different combinations. Plagued by turnovers (11) and superb perim