Ladies Travel to New Orleans Tuesday
Monday, November 20, 2006


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Jelena Aleksic has led Centenary
in scoring the past two games

Date: Nov. 21, 2006

Opponent: New Orleans (2-1)

Site: Human Performance Center

Game Time: 7 p.m. CST

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SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-2) looks to build off its first win of the season, facing the University of New Orleans (2-1) Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO.

CURTIS PICKS UP FIRST WIN

In his first year with the Ladies program, Centenary and first-year head coach Steve Curtis picked up their first win of the season Saturday.

Playing Nicholls State, the Ladies took advantage of a 48-30 rebounding edge to earn the 79-66 win over the Lady Colonels.

Bringing in six freshmen players and one junior college transfer, Curtis and his coaching staff have the program heading in the right direction, looking to build off Saturday’s win.

BUILDING FROM THE INSIDE

With both an inside and outside game, according to head coach Steve Curtis, senior forward Jelena Aleksic has led the Ladies in scoring the past two games, scoring 22 points in the win over Nicholls State Saturday.

Aleksic is averaging 13.7 points, shooting 39.5 percent from the floor.

Her 32.0 minutes per game average leads the Ladies.

BREAKOUT FOR JOSEPH

Playing sparingly in Centenary’s first two games, freshman guard Bethany Joseph responded with a career-high 17 points in Saturday’s game against Nicholls State.

Inserted into the contest due to her hard work and perseverance in the practice, Joseph played 23 minutes off the bench in Saturday’s win, going 4-for-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. She had previously played seven minutes in the loss to Jackson State Nov. 14.

In addition to her 17 points, Joseph filled out her scoresheet with five boards and three steals.

SCOUTING NEW ORLEANS

Entering Tuesday’s game with a 2-1 record, the Privateers previously earned wins over McNeese State (Nov. 14) and Grambling State (Nov. 18).

Leading New Orleans in scoring in its first two games, junior Le’Della English is averaging 16.3 points and 2.67 assists per game.

In the Privateers two wins, English led the team in scoring. In Saturday’s 85-73 win over Grambling, English scored 23 points, getting to the line 12 times and hitting all 12 free throw shots.

Also contributing on both the offensive and defensive end, sophomore forward Talishia Young is averaging 13.7 points and 2.0 blocks per game. Head-and-shoulders above her teammates on the boards, Young leads New Orleans with a 9.67 rebound per game average.

Getting out to quick starts, the Privateers have outscored their opponents in the first half in both of their victories this season. In all three of its games, New Orleans has been outscored in the second half.

IMPROVING FROM THE FLOOR

Shooting 28.8 percent from the floor in their first two games, the Ladies improved drastically in its 79-66 win over Nicholls State Saturday.

Going 26-of-63 from the floor, Centenary had a field goal percentage of 41.3 percent and a three-point field goal percentage of 31.3 (5-of-16), both season highs.

On the boards, the Ladies also picked up a season high 48 rebounds Saturday, holding a 48-30 rebounding edge over Nicholls State.

ROOKIES SHINE

Although just playing three games, two Centenary first-year players rank in the top five on the Ladies in scoring.

Freshmen guards Bethany Joseph and Jasmine Bothwell stand fourth and fifth, respectively, in scoring on the Ladies.

Off a career-high 17 points in Saturday’s win over Nicholls State, Joseph is averaging 8.5 points per game in two appearances this season. Bothwell has a 4.7 points per game average.

Joining the two rookie guards are freshmen Samantha Gillespie, Monique Jefferson and Leslie Forest. All three are contributing in different, yet highly important ways.

PLAYING THEIR FINAL YEAR

Seniors Jelena Aleksic, Tracee Byrd and Holli Wilkins all enter their final seasons for the Ladies.

Both three-year starters prior to this season, Aleksic and Wilkins will both be counted on in head coach Steve Curtis’ inaugural season. Joining the two seniors will be six true freshman players, joined by one junior college transfer.

Byrd, who joined the Ladies as a walk-on last season, will primarily be used for depth this season at the forward position.

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.

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.

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

Continuing its trip away from the Gold Dome, Centenary travels to Birmingham, Ala. for the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic.

The Ladies face tournament-host Birmingham-Southern in their first game, played Friday at 7 p.m.

Following Friday’s game, Centenary faces Samford at 5 p.m. Saturday.