Ladies Fall to Jackson State, 73-48
Tuesday, November 14, 2006


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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.