Women's Basketball Travels to Jackson State Tuesday
Monday, November 13, 2006


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Game Notes


Monique Jefferson and the Ladies
look for their first win Tuesday

Date: Nov. 14, 2006

Opponent: Jackson State (1-0)

Site: Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (8,000)

Game Time: 7 p.m. CST

Television: None

Radio: None

Series against Jackson State: 0-3

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (0-1) returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Jackson, Miss. for a non-conference game against Jackson State (1-0) at the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. After suffering a loss in their season-opening contest Saturday, the Ladies look to capture a victory in Tuesday’s contest, with tip off set for 7 p.m.

WILKINS HAS CAREER GAME IN LADIES LOSS

Despite the spectacular efforts of senior guard Holli Wilkins, Centenary fell 65-46 in the season-opening game against Texas-Pan American, played Saturday at the Gold Dome.

Wilkins scored a career-high 31 points in the loss to the Lady Broncs, the Ladies failed to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit, falling for the first time in the last three games against UTPA.

Scoring 21 of Centenary’s 23 points in the second half, Wilkins went 11-for-19 from the floor in the loss for the Ladies, going 5-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Tamara Vaughn of UTPA led the Lady Broncs with 22 points in the win.

SCOUTING JACKSON STATE

Favorites in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll, the Lady Tigers are led by senior forward/center Shelita Burns. Helping Jackson State capture the conference championship last season, Burns is coming off a career year in which she averaged 16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the floor.

Joining Burns on the Preseason All-SWAC team was teammate Shante Stanford. Last season, Stanford averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

In Friday’s season-opening 65-60 win over Northwestern State, the Lady Tigers were led by 15 points and seven rebounds by Burns, who went 5-of-9 from the floor.

Limiting Northwestern State to 31.8 percent shooting, Jackson State relied mainly from points in the paint Friday, taking only nine threes in the entire contest.

SERIES AGAINST JACKSON STATE

In Tuesday’s contest, the Ladies look for their first win against Jackson State, trailing 0-3 in the lifetime series against the Lady Tigers.

Last season against Jackson State, Centenary fell, 73-61, played Dec. 5, 2005 at the Gold Dome. In the loss, junior guard Laura Way led the Ladies, going 5-for-7 from the floor for a team-high 17 points in 23 minutes.

In their last visit to the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center, Centenary lost a 63-51 encounter, played during the 2001-02 season.

LOOKING TO CHANGE HISTORY

At the NCAA Division I level, Centenary is winless (0-7) in its seven road openers, most recently falling to Arkansas-Little Rock in last season’s opener on the road.

In the history of the program, the Ladies have a 1-9 record in road openers, getting its only win against Ouachita Baptist during the 1981-82 season, in which Centenary participated in the NAIA.

FIRST GAME UNDER CURTIS

Playing in their first regular season game under new head coach Steve Curtis, Centenary showed a never give up attitude throughout the contest, cutting almost a 20-point deficit to 11 with a little under 10 minutes remaining in the second half.

Asked following the game what the Ladies need to improve upon, Curtis focused on the making easy shots and executing the game plan. Centenary shot 29.8 percent from the floor in Saturday’s loss to UTPA.

The Ladies look for a strong effort in Tuesday’s game against Jackson State.

FOUR FRESHMEN SEE FIRST ACTION

Four Centenary freshmen saw their first collegiate action in Saturday’s loss to Texas-Pan American.

Touting a roster with six true freshmen players, Jasmine Bothwell, Leslie Forest, Samantha Gillespie and Monique Jefferson all saw action Saturday in the season-opener for Centenary.

Gillespie and Jefferson started at the respective guard positions for the Ladies, with Jefferson chipping in with five points in her collegiate debut. Bothwell led all Centenary players with seven boards in the loss.

WILKINS CLAIMS PRESEASON HONOR

Coming off a season in which she led the Mid-Continent Conference in steals, senior Holli Wilkins was named to the Preseason All-Mid-Con second team.

Picked to be amongst the conferences elite players prior to the season, Wilkins got off to a tremendous debut in the season-opener for the Ladies, scoring 31 points and setting a new career high for points in a game.

Last season, she averaged 12.0 points and 3.42 steals per game to rank among the conference leaders. Wilkins was named honorable mention All-Mid-Con as a junior.

WILKINS CLOSES JUNIOR SEASON RANKED AMONG NATION’S BEST

Senior guard Holli Wilkins enters her final season among the nation’s best defenders, finishing eighth in the nation in steals.

In 24 games last season, Wilkins picked up 82 steals, averaging 3.42 steals per game to close out her junior season, en route to earn all-conference honors.

In Centenary’s season-opener, Wilkins led all players with five steals.

ON DECK

Centenary returns to the Gold Dome to host Nicholls State Saturday at 2 p.m. Centenary trails the all-time series with Nicholls State, 1-3, with Saturday’s game being the last home game for the Ladies until a Nov. 30 contest against Louisiana-Monroe.