Ladies Lose Heartbreaker to Northwestern State
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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Holli Wilkins had 19 points
in the loss Tuesday

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Led by junior Ashlee Barnum, the Northwestern State women’s basketball team (2-3) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-6), 71-61, Tuesday at Prather Coliseum.

Barnum, a 6-foot-2 forward, had her way in the low block against the Ladies, leading Northwestern State with 19 points in the Lady Demon win.

As Northwestern State led by five opening the second half, Barnum and company continued to pound the ball inside, backing-up the Ladies and extending the lead to 11 after the first media timeout of the second half.

Centenary continued to battle despite trailing by double-digits midway through the second half, a tribute to the heart and overall effort of the Ladies.

With under four minutes remaining in the contest, a three by sophomore forward Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) cut the Northwestern State lead to five, however the Ladies failed to get any closer for the remainder of the game.

Trailing by 11 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, a jumper from the right wing by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) made the deficit nine for Centenary, but missed shots forced the Ladies to foul, allowing the Lady Demons to get to the line and extend the lead back to double-digits.

Along with Barnum, Tena Matthews scored in double figures for the Lady Demons, notching 12 points.

In sharp contrast to its three road games of last week, Centenary came out of the gates shooting in Tuesday’s game against the Lady Demons.

Led by 10 first-half points by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas), Centenary trailed, 39-34, at the half, shooting 41.9 percent from the floor.

The Ladies capitalized on open looks and patience on the offensive end to stay in the game early.

Wilkins, struggling from the floor in the Ladies last game against Samford, led Centenary with 19 points, going 7-of-17 from the floor. Joining Wilkins in double figures for Centenary, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) scored a season-high 10 points, with Bush also scoring 10 in the Centenary loss.

As a team, Centenary shot 37.7 percent from the floor, improving from recent games.

As Tuesday's game ended a four-game road trip for Centenary, the Ladies return to the Gold Dome Thursday to host Louisiana-Monroe. Thursday's 5 p.m. game against the Warhawks will be part of a doubleheader at the Gold Dome, with the Centenary men's basketball team hosting the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m.

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