Women's Basketball Faces Stephen F. Austin Saturday
Friday, December 1, 2006


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Laura Way had 21 points
against the Ladyjacks last season

Date: Dec. 2, 2006

Opponent: Stephen F. Austin (3-3)

Location: Williams R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203)

Game Time: 6 p.m. CST

Radio: None

Television: None

Series: Stephen F. Austin leads series (2-0)

 

TIPPING OFF

Looking to start a successful month of December, the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-7, 0-0 Mid-Con) travels to Nacogdoches, Texas for a non-conference game against Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 0-0 Southland) Saturday at Williams R. Johnson Coliseum. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

IMPROVEMENT SHOWN

Despite not getting the desired result, Centenary may have played its best game thus far in the 2006-07 season in the three-point loss to Louisiana-Monroe Thursday.

The Ladies shot a season-high 51 percent in the loss to the Warhawks, credited to taking good shots, according to head coach Steve Curtis.

Down 11 with less than six minutes remaining in the contest, Centenary had two opportunities to take the lead away from the Warhawks late in Thursday’s game, missing free-throw attempts and having to settle for a last-second three to send the game into overtime.

Thursday’s game was the second-straight game in which Centenary showed a greater understanding of Curtis’ offensive system, taking higher percentage shots and getting better looks at the basket.

In both Thursday’s loss to Monroe and Tuesday’s 10-point loss to Northwestern State, Centenary shot above its season average for field goal percentage.

In two games, the Ladies have raised its season field goal percentage to 35.3 percent, a drastic change from earlier in the season and, hopefully, something Centenary can build upon as it enters the month of December.

WILKINS STARTS HEATING UP

Held to under four points for two games last weekend, senior guard Holli Wilkins has upped her level of play in the Ladies’ last two games.

Averaging 20.0 points per game in Centenary’s last two contests, Wilkins has been the game’s leading scorer against both Northwestern State and Louisiana-Monroe this past week. The senior improved her season scoring average to 12.3, shooting 46.2 percent (12-26) from the floor.

In the two-game span, Wilkins has led all players with seven three-pointers, grabbing a team-high eight steals.

SENIORS HEADLINE RANKINGS

Three Centenary women’s basketball players stand statistically among the top 10 in the Mid-Con after eight games, led by seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic.

Wilkins is in the top 10 in the conference in five statistical category, leading the conference in three-pointers this season (15).

The 5-foot-11 senior guard is eighth in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game, standing ninth in the Mid-Con with a three-point field goal percentage of 31.3. Wilkins is averaging 2.38 steals per game, leading the conference in takeaways as a junior.

Aleksic, a forward, stands seventh in the Mid-Con in offensive rebounds, averaging 1.88 per game. Additionally, she is sixth in the conference in minutes played, averaging 31.8 minutes per game.

Rounding out the Lady players standing in the top 10 statistically is freshman center Leslie Forest. Developing in the middle, Forest stands tied for fourth in blocks this season, swatting an average of one shot per game.

ON THE ROAD

Looking for a reversal of fortunes of sorts, Centenary looks to improve upon its 0-4 record on the road as it enters the month of December.

In four road games, the Ladies are averaging 53.8 points per contest, giving up an average of 76.0 points. From the floor, Centenary is shooting 33.0 percent, making just 24.6 percent of its three-point attempts.

In four road games, Centenary has turned the ball over 91 times (22.8 per game), compared to just 66 times for its opponents. The Ladies look to improve upon this number in Saturday’s game against Stephen F. Austin.

ALL-TIME VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Centenary trails the all-time series with Stephen F. Austin, 0-2, falling to the Ladyjacks, 95-86, last season at the Gold Dome.

LaToya Mills led the Ladyjacks with a double-double in last season game against Centenary, played Dec. 17, 2005. Mills scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 13 boards (10 offensive) to lead Stephen F. Austin to the nine-point win.

SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Having a week off from game play, Stephen F. Austin is coming off a 64-53 win over St. Francis (NY) Sunday.

The Ladyjacks enter Saturday’s game against Centenary with a 3-3 record, having a 1-1 record at home this season.

Three players on SFA average double-digit points this season, led by junior guard Nikki Carr. The 5-6 guard is averaging 12.0 points per game, grabbing an average of 7.2 boards per game. Carr also leads the Ladyjacks in assists, averaging 4.3 dimes per game.

Leading the team in rebounds, senior Charity Egenti averages 8.5 boards per game, adding 11.7 points per game. Egenti also leads SFA in blocks, swatting an average of 1.7 shots per game.

Sophomore guard Anitria Mosley, a native of Shreveport, is averaging 10.0 points per game and 3.8 assists per game.

The Ladyjacks are averaging 70 points per game in its two home appearances this season, defeating perennial power Louisiana Tech, 65-55, in its home-opener Nov. 17.

In its only other appearances at Johnson Coliseum this season, SFA lost to SMU, 84-75.

As a team, the Ladyjacks are shooting 37 percent from the field, blocking 27 shots in six games for an average of 4.5 per game.

JEFFERSON AMONG NINE

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.

Jefferson’s play has improved of late, averaging 9.5 points in Centenary’s last two games. The guard is coming off her season-high in points, scoring 10 against Northwestern State Tuesday.

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

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

The Ladies start a two-game homestand Tuesday, hosing Lamar at the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.

Following Tuesday’s game, Centenary stays at home to host Southeastern Louisiana Saturday.