Ladies Visit Northwestern State Tuesday
Monday, November 27, 2006


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Monique Jefferson and the Ladies
look to get back on track Tuesday

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-5) travels to Natchitoches and Prather Coliseum Tuesday, facing Northwestern State (1-3) for a non-conference game at 5:30 p.m.

The Ladies look to break a three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Lady Demons, playing their fourth consecutive game away from the Gold Dome.

LAST TIME OUT

Playing in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic at Bill Battle Coliseum, in Birmingham, Ala., Centenary fell to both Birmingham-Southern and Samford this past weekend.

Against Birmingham-Southern Friday, the Ladies turned the ball over a season-high 30 times, including 17 turnovers in the first half alone.

As Birmingham-Southern took a 77-43 decision in the game, the Lady Panthers capitalized heavily on Centenary’s turnover problems, scoring 30 points off of turnovers by the Ladies.

In addition to not being able to take care of the ball while on offense, Centenary had its trouble making open shots, shooting 34.5 percent from the floor for the game. Senior Jelena Aleksic led all players with 14 points in the loss Friday, going 7-for-12 from the floor.

Centenary’s shooting woes continued the following evening, losing to Samford, 60-36, at Bill Battle Coliseum.

Shooting 27.5 percent (11-40) from the floor, the Ladies were within 10 points of Samford for the majority of the first half, going cold from the floor for the final four minutes of the opening half.

In Tuesday’s game, Centenary looks to improve on its recent shooting woes, shooting 32.5 percent from the floor after six games.

Aleksic was named to the Sheraton Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team following Saturday’s loss.

ALEKSIC LEADS LADIES

Scoring in double figures in four of Centenary’s six games this season, senior forward Jelena Aleksic leads the Ladies with a 11.3 points per game average.

Also leading the team in minutes played this season (31.7 mpg), Aleksic averages 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

From the floor, Aleksic leads Centenary with a 42.0 percent field goal percentage.

She stands sixth in the Mid-Continent Conference in minutes played this season.

JOSEPH BEGINNING TO SHINE

Seeing an increase in playing time in the past week, freshman guard Bethany Joseph ranks among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in two statistical categories this season.

A 5-5 guard from New Iberia, La., Joseph currently leads the conference with a 92.9 percent free throw percentage, missing just once from the charity stripe in five games this season.

Making six three-pointers in five games, Joseph is shooting 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the arc, standing third in the Mid-Con. She also is 12th in the conference in three-point field goals.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH LADY DEMONS

Centenary looks for its first victory in the all-time series with Northwestern State in Tuesday’s contest in Natchidoches.

The Ladies are 0-13 in the all-time series against the Lady Demons, falling to Northwestern State, 78-56, last season.

Under first-year head coach Steve Curtis, Centenary looks to start a new trend against the Lady Demons.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN STATE

The Lady Demons are coming off an 89-80 defeat of Arkansas-Monticello Saturday at Prather Coliseum.

The nine-point victory was the first of the season for Northwestern State, losing previous games to Jackson State, Oklahoma State and New Orleans.

Junior guard Tena Matthews leads the Lady Demons in scoring, averaging 14 points per contest. The 5-foot-8 guard, is shooting 29 percent from the floor this season, taking 20 more shots than any other player on the Lady Demon roster.

On the interior, 6-2 forward Ashli Barnum leads Northwestern State in rebounds, averaging 11.5 rebounds per game. Additionally, Barnum has a scoring average of 12.0, averaging 1.25 blocks per game.

As a team, Northwestern State has created more turnovers than its opponents this season, collecting 57 steals in four games for an average of 14.3 steals per contest.

At home this season, the Lady Demons are averaging 74.5 points per game, holding a 1-1 record.

DOUBLE FIGURES

Having its share of shooting woes throughout the first six games of the season, Centenary has had only one player scoring in double figures in four of its six games. All four games resulted in a loss for the Ladies.

In its lone win this season, a 79-66 victory over Nicholls State Nov. 18, three players scored in double figures led by Jelena Aleksic’s 22 points.

JEFFERSON AMONG HANDFUL

Starting five of six games this season at point guard, Centenary freshman guard Monique Jefferson stands in rare company in the NCAA this season.

With 324 schools in Division I, only nine teams start true freshman point guards in their first game of the season.

True Freshman Starting Point Guards

Kristen Dalton, Lehigh

Nikki Davis, Alabama

Quenese Davis, San Diego State

Allison Holiday, UNLV

Carla Jacobs, Cincinnati

Monique Jefferson, Centenary

Rae Lin D’alie, Wisconsin

FahKara Malone, Purdue

Maria Moeller, Ohio State

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.

LADIES ON THE WEB

A total of 21 Centenary games, along with the conference tournament, will be available online, with streaming broadcasts at www.sportsjuice.com or linked off of gocentenary.com. All games are made available free of charge to fans and supporters, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play duties.

Games Available:

Nov. 21 at New Orleans

Nov. 28 at Northwestern State

Nov. 30 vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Dec. 5 vs. Lamar

Dec. 17 at Sam Houston State

Dec. 20 at Southern Miss

Jan. 6 vs. Western Illinois

Jan. 8 vs. Valparaiso

Jan. 13 at Southern Utah

Jan. 15 at UMKC

Jan. 20 vs. Chicago State

Jan. 22 vs. Oral Roberts

Jan. 27 vs. Oakland

Jan. 29 vs. IUPUI

Feb. 3 at Valparaiso

Feb. 5 at Western Illinois

Feb. 10 vs. UMKC

Feb. 12 vs. Southern Utah

Feb. 19 at Oral Roberts

Feb. 24 at IUPUI

Feb. 26 at Oakland

Mar. 3-6 Mid-Con Tournament

MID-CON RETURNS TO TULSA

For the second consecutive season, the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships will be played at John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC in Tulsa, Okla.

Played March 3-6, 2007 in Tulsa and hosted by the Tulsa Sports Commission, both the men’s and women’s conference championships will be played at Hammons Arena this season.

ORU PICKED AS FAVORITES

Oral Roberts University were picked as conference favorites in the 2006-07 Mid-Con Preseason Poll, earning 12 first-place votes.

Coming off a 16-12 season, including 10-6 in conference play, the Golden Eagles return four starters from last season’s team, including Mid-Con Preseason Player of the Year Elisha Turek.

Turek, a senior forward, looks to earn first team all-conference honors for the fourth consecutive season. She led Oral Roberts and the conference in scoring with a 16.5 scoring average, adding 8.7 rebounds per game. Turek needs 188 rebounds to break the conference career record.

2006-07 MID-CON PRESEASON POLL

Team - Points

1. Oral Roberts - 237 (12)

2. Valparaiso - 213 (5)

3. IUPUI - 177 (3)

4. Western Illinois - 156 (2)

5. UMKC - 145

6. Oakland - 142

7. Southern Utah - 65

8. Centenary - 41

ON DECK

Centenary returns to the Gold Dome to host Louisiana-Monroe Thursday at 5 p.m.

Thursday’s game will be part of a doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team, which hosts Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m.