Women's Basketball Begins Two-Game Homestand Against Lamar
Monday, December 4, 2006


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Jelena Aleksic is averaging
15.3 points per game at the Gold Dome

Date: Dec. 5, 2006

Opponent: Lamar (3-4)

Location: Gold Dome (3,000)

Game Time: 7 p.m. CST

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

Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald

Television: None

Series: Lamar leads all-time series (3-0)

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-8, 0-0 Mid-Con) begin a two-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Lamar (3-4, 0-0 Southland) at the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s game, the Ladies look to end a six-game losing streak, facing the Southland Conference for the fourth time this season.

LAST GAME: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

A turnover-filled first half doomed the Ladies in a 85-48 loss to Stephen F. Austin Saturday.

Fifteen Centenary turnovers resulted in 19 points in the first half for the Ladyjacks, as the Ladies trailed 48-30 at the intermission. In comparison, Stephen F. Austin did not turn the ball over in the first half, making 17 field goals to Centenary’s 10.

Three players scored in double figures for the Ladyjacks in the 37-point win, the largest margin of defeat this season for the Ladies.

For the game, Stephen F. Austin shot 36.6 percent from the floor, while Centenary shot 29.3 percent.

WILKINS LEADS LADIES

Senior guard Holli Wilkins stands in the top 10 in the Mid-Continent Conference in scoring this season, leading the Ladies in scoring the past three games.

Averaging 17.3 points per game in Centenary’s last three contests, Wilkins has been hampered by early foul trouble in the past two games.

Despite the hinderance of limited minutes due to foul trouble, Wilkins has been the game’s leading scorer against both Louisiana-Monroe and Stephen F. Austin.

This season, Wilkins is ninth in the Mid-Con with a 12.2 scoring average.

FIRST HALF STARTS

Centenary has held the lead after the first half in just one game this season, its54rt 13-point win over Nicholls State Nov. 18.

In six of the nine games this season for the Ladies, Centenary has turned the ball over 10 times in the first half. A telling statistic, the Ladies have turned the ball over more than their opponent in the first half in all nine games this season.

THREE AMONG MID-CON RANKINGS

Three Centenary players stand statistically amongst the top 10 in the conference after nine games.

Leading Centenary in the rankings, senior guard Holli Wilkins stands in the top 10 in four statistical categories. Standing ninth in the Mid-Con in scoring with a 12.2 points per game average, Wilkins is third in the conference in three-pointers per game (2.00).

She is also in the top five in steals (2.11 spg) and stands 10th in the Mid-Con in free-throw percentage (.714).

Also amongst the top five in the conference statistically, freshman guard Bethany Joseph stands fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.421), while freshman center Leslie Forest stands tied for third in blocks per game (1.00).

As a team, Centenary is third in the Mid-Con in three-pointers per game (5.00) and third in defending the three, holding opponents to 32.3 percent from beyond the arc.

LIFETIME AGAINST LAMAR

Centenary trails the all-time series against Lamar, 0-3, last falling to the Lady Cardinals, 78-47, in the 2004-05 season.

Against the Southland Conference this season, Centenary holds a 1-2 record, recording a win over Nicholls State Nov. 18.

SCOUTING LAMAR

Lamar is 0-2 on the road after seven games, losing contests to Denver and Northern Colorado.

Coming off a 73-51 win over Belhaven Saturday, the Lady Cardinals average 55.4 points per game, almost mirroring Centenary’s scoring average of 55.0 points per game.

Shooting 35.1 percent from the field, Lamar is led in scoring by junior forward Shaquita Coffey. Playing her first and only game of the season against Belhaven Saturday, Coffey scored 14 points in 19 minutes of play.

Freshman forward Brittney Williams is averaging 12.4 points per game, shooting 38.1 percent from the field and grabbing a team-high 52 rebounds. Also averaging double-figures, senior guard LaToya Carson is averaging 11.5 points per game.

Lamar is averaging 43.0 points per game on the road this season, allowing an average of 84.0 points per game.

AT HOME THIS SEASON

The Ladies hold a 1-2 record at home this season.

At the Gold Dome, Centenary is averaging 65.3 points per game, a drastic improvement from its season scoring average of 55.0.

Centenary is also shooting over 40 percent at home (.402), while shooting 31.6 percent from three-point range, both above its season-average in the two statistics.

In their last home game, the Ladies dropped a heartbreaking encounter to Louisiana-Monroe, having multiple opportunities to win the game late in the second half.

In Tuesday’s game against Lamar, Centenary looks to build off of its last home game, in which it shot a season-high 51 percent from the field.

At home this season, senior guard Holli Wilkins is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game, with fellow-senior Jelena Aleksic averaging 15.3 points per game.

SENIORS CARRYING LOAD

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic have combined to score 42 percent of the scoring this season for the Ladies.

Both averaging double-digit scoring after nine games, Wilkins and Aleksic have combined for 206 of 495 points for Centenary, with Wilkins leading the team with a 12.2 points per game average.

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

Continuing its homestand prior to final exam week, Centenary hosts Southeastern Louisiana Saturday at the Gold Dome.

Tip off is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.