Ladies Host Nicholls State Saturday
Friday, November 17, 2006




Jasmine Bothwell leads the Ladies in
rebounding after the first two games

Date: Nov. 18, 2006

Opponent: Nicholls State

Site: Gold Dome (3,000)

Game Time: 2 p.m. CST

Television: None

Radio: None

Series against Nicholls State: 1-3

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (0-2, 0-0 Mid-Con) returns to the Gold Dome for a 2 p.m. game against Nicholls State (0-2, 0-0 Southland) Saturday. Following this weekend’s game against the Lady Colonels, the Ladies prepare to play four-straight road games.

PROTECTING THE HOUSE

Centenary looks to even its record at home with a win against Nicholls State Saturday. In the season-opener, the Ladies fell to Texas-Pan American, 65-46, played Nov. 11 at the Gold Dome.

The Ladies will look to put forth a strong performance against the Lady Colonels, as Centenary must travel for its next four games, starting with a 7 p.m. game against New Orleans Tuesday.

LAST OUTING

In Tuesday’s contest against Jackson State, Centenary struggled from the field, shooting 6-for-35 in the second half. Falling to the Lady Tigers, 73-48, the Ladies shot a season-low 27.9 percent from the floor, turning the ball over 17 times.

Senior forward Jelena Aleksic led the team with 12 points, registering four boards in 24 minutes of play. Also contributing for Centenary in its last game was sophomore Cierra Bush, who chipped in with six points, a team-leading six rebounds and four steals.

One telling stat in the loss, Jackson State had 20 points off of turnovers, doubling the 10 points for the Ladies.

SERIES AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE

Centenary is 1-3 in its lifetime series against Nicholls State, not having faced the Lady Colonels since the 2000-01 season.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Nicholls State captured a 87-59 victory, played Jan. 9, 2001 at the Gold Dome.

The lone win against Nicholls State in the series came in the 1982-83 season, as Centenary participated in the NAIA. The Ladies captured a 86-67 win over the Lady Colonels.

Saturday’s contest against Nicholls State represents an opportunity for Centenary to capture its first win over the Lady Colonels in over 20 years.

SCOUTING NICHOLLS STATE

Playing strong competition from the Pac 10 conference, the Lady Colonels fell to both Arizona and No. 11 Arizona State earlier this week.

Leading Nicholls State on the offensive end after two games, senior guard Jamie Octave is averaging 14.5 points per game, leading the team with a 2.0 steals per game average. In the Lady Colonels last game, a 91-46 loss to nationally-ranked Arizona State, Octave led Nicholls State with 16 points and three steals in 37 minutes.

Junior guard Claire Barry is averaging 9.0 points per game with a team-leading 1.50 assist per game average.

From the floor, Nicholls State is shooting 29.0 percent on the season, making only three three-point shots in two games (.176).

AMONG THE LEADERS

Through the first week of play in the Mid-Continent Conference, Centenary senior guard Holli Wilkins stands among the conference leaders in scoring, averaging 19.0 points per game through two games.

The senior also leads the conference with a 3.0 steals per game average, picking up where she left off last season. As a junior, Wilkins led the Mid-Con in steals en route to earning honorable mention All-Mid-Con honors.

This season, Wilkins leads the Ladies in minutes played, averaging 33.0 minutes per game.

FRESHMEN PLAYING ROLE

Freshmen Monique Jefferson, Jasmine Bothwell and Samantha Gillespie are all playing 20-plus minutes per game for Centenary through the first two games.

All contributing in different ways, Bothwell leads the Ladies in rebounds, averaging 5.0 boards per game. All three rookies are averaging over three points per game this season.

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 enters a treacherous part of its schedule, as the Ladies embark on a four-game road trip. Following Tuesday’s game at New Orleans, Centenary  plays two games in the Sheraton Roundball Classic at Birmingham-Southern. The Ladies conclude the four-game trip with a visit to Northwestern State Nov. 28.