Women's Basketball Competes in Sheraton Roundball Classic
Thursday, November 23, 2006




Samantha Gillespie stands fifth
on the Ladies in scoring

Date: Nov. 24, 2006

Opponent: Birmingham-Southern (1-3)

Site: Bill Battle Coliseum

Game Time: 7 p.m. CST

Television: None

Radio: None

 

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Competing in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic, the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-3) faces Birmingham-Southern (1-3) Friday. The Ladies tip-off against the tournament-hosts at Bill Battle Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Following Friday’s game, the Ladies continue play in the two-day invitational, facing Samford (2-1) Saturday at 5 p.m.

LADIES STRUGGLE AGAINST UNO

Struggling against the inside game of the University of New Orleans, Centenary dropped a 83-63 encounter to the Lady Privateers Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO.

Outrebounded by New Orleans, 48-34, the Ladies were outscored on the inside, 46-18, turning the ball over 21 times.

Centenary kept the game close until the 4:20 mark of the first half, in which the Ladies were held scoreless for the remainder of the half. New Orleans extended its lead to 14 points at the half and continued to build on the lead in the second half.

JOSEPH CONTINUES TO BUILD

Scoring in double digits for the second-straight game, freshman guard Bethany Joseph continues to become adjusted to the collegiate game.

Joseph led the Ladies with 12 points in their last game, scoring 17 points in the Centenary’s first win Nov. 18.

She is joined by four other freshmen players for Centenary who have seen significant playing time this season.

LOOKING TO IMPROVE FROM THE FLOOR

In the lone win for Centenary this season, the Ladies shot over 40 percent, defeating Nicholls State, 79-66, Nov. 18.

A telling stat in the three losses suffered by the Ladies this season, Centenary have combined to shoot under 30 percent, getting opportunities to score but not converting.

JUDICE SEES FIRST ACTION

Having to sit out the first three games of the season due to injury, junior Sara Judice saw her first action with the Ladies in the loss to New Orleans Tuesday.

Hailing from Lafayette, La., Judice six points and three rebounds in her first action of the year.

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.

SENIORS LEAD LADIES

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic lead Centenary heading into this weekend’s two games.

Wilkins and Aleksic lead the Ladies in scoring after four games, led by Wilkins 13.0 scoring average. Aleksic chips in with 10.8 points and rebounds per game.

Aleksic leads Centenary in minutes play, averaging 32.5 minutes per game.

ROOKIES SHINE

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

Freshmen guards Bethany Joseph and Samantha Gillespie stand third and fifth, respectively, in scoring.

Off a career-high 17 points in the Nov. 18 win over Nicholls State, Joseph is averaging 9.7 points per game in three appearances this season. Gillespie averages 4.8 points per game.

Joining the two rookie guards are freshmen Jasmine Bothwell, 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

Following this weekend’s two games, Centenary travels to Northwestern State for a non-conference game Tuesday at 5 p.m.