Women's Basketball Returns to Gold Dome to Host Monroe
Wednesday, November 29, 2006


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Leslie Forest and the Ladies
return home to host Monroe

Date: Nov. 30, 2006

Opponent: Louisiana-Monroe (6-1)

Location: Gold Dome (3,000)

Game Time: 5 p.m. CST

Radio: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.sportsjuice.com

Radio Talent: Doug Greenwald (Play-by-Play)

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-6) faces a tough test as it returns to the Gold Dome Thursday, hosting the University of Louisiana-Monroe (6-1) at 5 p.m.

Thursday’s game against the Warhawks will be part of a doubleheader at the Gold Dome, with the Centenary men’s basketball team facing the University of Arkansas-Little Rock later in the evening.

AT HOME THIS SEASON

The Ladies hold a 1-1 record at the Gold Dome this season.

In its last home game, Centenary defeated Nicholls State, 79-66, led by 22 points by senior forward Jelena Aleksic.

At home, Centenary is shooting 35.8 percent from the floor, standing above its season average for the season (33.3). The Ladies are tied with its two opponents at home in rebounds, averaging 62.5 points per game at home.

Senior Holli Wilkins leads the Ladies in scoring in home games, averaging 17.5 points per game at the Gold Dome this season.

LAST TIME OUT

Despite having three players score in double figures, Centenary could not escape with a win in Tuesday’s encounter with Northwestern State.

Playing at Prather Coliseum, in Natchitoches, La., Centenary fell to the Lady Demons, 71-61, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor.

Junior forward Ashli Barnum led Northwestern State with 19 points in the Lady Demon win, scoring majority of her points in the paint. The 6-foot-2 forward went 8-for-12 (.667) from the floor in Tuesday’s win, grabbing eight rebounds and three steals.

Holli Wilkins, Monique Jefferson and Cierra Bush all scored in double figures in the 10-point loss to the Lady Demons, with Wilkins scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor.

SENIORS CONTINUE TO LEAD

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic look to end their collegiate careers on a high note, leading the Ladies in scoring after seven games.

Wilkins, scoring a career-high 31 points in the Ladies season-opener, has a scoring average of 11.0 this season. She has notched a team-high 11 three-pointers and 14 steals.

Aleksic also is averaging 11 points per game, shooting 39.5 percent from the floor. She is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game and leads Centenary in minutes played after seven games.

Combined, Wilkins and Aleksic have scored 41 percent (154 of 376) of the Ladies points this season.

THIS SEASON AGAINST SUN BELT

The Ladies have played just one team from the Sun Belt Conference this season.

In the lone contest against the conference, Centenary fell to the University of New Orleans, 83-63, played Nov. 21 at the Human Performance Center, in New Orleans.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH MONROE

Centenary trails the all-time series with Louisiana-Monroe, going 1-9 in the 10 lifetime games against the Warhawks.

In last season’s game against Monroe, Centenary fell 66-45, played Dec. 3, 2005 in Monroe, La.

SCOUTING LOUISIANA-MONROE

Louisiana-Monroe enters Thursday’s game on a five-game winning streak, defeating Southern Miss, 64-63, at home Tuesday.

During the five-game streak, Louisiana-Monroe is averaging 64 points per contest, led in scoring by guards April O’Neal and LaJeanna Howard.

O’Neal, a 5-foot-5 senior, is averaging 10.6 points per game to lead the Warhawks, scoring a game-high 18 points in Tuesday’s win over Southern Miss. This season, O’Neal is shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from beyond the arc.

A 5-10 junior guard, Howard is averaging 10.0 points per game, while leading Monroe with a 5.0 rebounds per game average. She leads the Warhawks in assists, averaging 2.9 dimes per game.

This season, the Warhawks have shot 37.6 percent from the floor in their seven games, holding their opponents to an average of 25 points in the first half.

In the lone game against a Mid-Con opponent this season, Monroe earned a 52-50 victory over UMKC.

FOUR AMONG MID-CON LEADERS

Four Centenary players stand amongst the Mid-Continent Conference leaders statistically after seven games.

The quartet of Lady players is led by senior guard Holli Wilkins, who stands in the top five in the conference in steals and three’s.

Wilkins stands fourth in the conference in steals this season, averaging 2.00 steals per game. She led the Mid-Con in steals last season. Wilkins also stands fourth in three’s, averaging 1.57 three-pointers per game.

Just in her freshman season, guard Bethany Joseph leads the Mid-Con with a 92.9 percent free-throw percentage. She also stands fifth in the conference with a three-point field goal percentage of .429.

Fellow-freshman Leslie Forest stands tied for third in the Mid-Con in blocks (1.00 bpg.), while senior Jelena Aleksic stands seventh in the conference in offensive rebounds (1.86).

Aleksic also stands seventh in the conference in minutes played (31.4 mpg).

MO SCORES CAREER HIGH

Freshman guard Monique Jefferson scored a career-high 10 points in Tuesday’s loss to Northwestern State.

Shooting 4-of-9 from the floor, Jefferson also added three assists and four boards, continuing to grow into her guard position.

FIRST HALF IMPROVEMENT

Centenary scored a season-high 34 points in the first half of Tuesday’s game against Northwestern State.

Shooting 41.9 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Ladies showed vast improvement in the first half against the Lady Demons, trailing by five at the intermission.

The performance contrasted last week’s two games at the Sheraton Roundball Classic, in which the Ladies scored 14 and 17 points in the first half against Birmingham-Southern and Samford.

JEFFERSON AMONG HANDFUL

Starting 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 started 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

Mara 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

LADIES AGAINST MID-CON

Centenary looks to improve on its record against Mid-Continent Conference competition in the upcoming season under new head coach Steve Curtis.

In three years in the Mid-Con, the Ladies have a 3-39 record in conference games.

Centenary vs. Mid-Con

IUPUI

0-6

Oakland

0-6

Oral Roberts

0-6

Southern Utah

2-4

UMKC

1-5

Valparaiso

0-6

Western Illinois

0-6

Totals

3-39

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.

ON DECK

Centenary visits Stephen F. Austin Saturday in a non-conference game at 6 p.m.