Ladies Drop 85-48 Decision to Stephen F. Austin
Saturday, December 2, 2006

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Julia Bowie had eight points
and four rebounds in the loss

NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Centenary struggled mightily in a lopsided, 37-point loss to Stephen F. Austin (4-3) Saturday at Johnson Coliseum, falling, 85-48, to the Ladyjacks.

Starting the month of December off on the wrong foot, Centenary (1-8) fell behind late in the first half and was unable to make up a double-digit deficit, falling behind by 18 points at halftime.

Trailing by 12 with 12:28 remaining in the first half, Centenary waged a momentary comeback attempt, cutting the Ladyjack lead to four points after three-straight baskets.

After a layup by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) cut the margin to 10, senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) hit two consecutive three-pointers to make it a four-point game, the closest Centenary got to the Ladyjacks since the 19:01 mark of the first half.

Unfortunately for the Ladies, turnovers plagued the team after Wilkins’ momentum-changing baskets, allowing Stephen F. Austin to enter the locker room with a 48-30 lead.

In what could be determined as the deciding factor in the loss, Centenary turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, compared to zero turnovers for Stephen F. Austin in the opening 20 minutes. Opportunistic, the Ladyjacks converted the 15 turnovers into 19 points, taking almost a 20-point lead into the second half. For the game, Centenary turned the ball over 28 times, with Stephen F. Austin committing 13 turnovers.

Sending a message to his team, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis sent out five new starters for the start of the second half. Continuing to try to get back into the game, the lead was just too much for the Ladies to overcome and Stephen F. Austin held a lead of no less than 20 points for all but 17 seconds of the second half.

Wilkins, limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble, had a game-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, going 3-for-5 from three-point range. Sophomore Julia Bowie (Lafayette, La.) had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor, grabbing a team-high four rebounds.

Three players ended the game in double figures for Stephen F. Austin, all scoring 11 points. Charity Egenti, Jennifer Simpson and Jessica Gaines all chipped in with 11 points, as the Ladyjacks moved their record to 2-1 at home this season.

For the game, Stephen F. Austin shot 36.6 percent from the floor, compared to 29.3 percent for Centenary.

In suffering the greatest margin of defeat thus far in the season, the Ladies must regroup for their two-game homestand, starting with Tuesday’s contest at the Gold Dome against Lamar.