Ladies Host Southeastern Louisiana Saturday
Friday, December 8, 2006




Cierra Bush and the Ladies
are 2-2 at home this season

Date: Dec. 9, 2006

Opponent: Southeastern Louisiana (5-3)

Location: Gold Dome (3,000)

Game Time: 2 p.m. CST

Radio/Television: None

Series: Southeastern Louisiana leads all-time series (3-0)

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (2-8, 0-0 Mid-Con) faces a heavy test when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana (5-3, 0-0 Southland) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Playing in their final game prior to final exam week, the Ladies look to capture the first win in program history over SELU in Saturday’s game.

LADIES DEFEAT LAMAR AT GOLD DOME

Centenary held as a much as a 16-point lead in its 80-68 win over Lamar Tuesday.

Led by 30 points by senior guard Holli Wilkins, one off of her career-high, the Ladies took the lead midway through the first half and never trailed for the remainder of the game, shooting 44.3 percent from the floor.

In the win, the Ladies were without the services of senior forward Jelena Aleksic, however freshmen center Leslie Forest and sophomore center Julia Bowie filled in admirably, combining for eight points and nine rebounds in the middle.

A telling statistic in the win, Centenary made nine three-point field goals, compared to just four for the Lady Cardinals. Centenary shot 9-for-25 from beyond the arc, while Lamar shot just eight three-pointers in the game.

WILKINS ONE OFF OF CAREER HIGH

Emerging as one of the premier players in the Mid-Continent Conference, senior Holli Wilkins scored 30 points in the Ladies’ 12-point victory over Lamar Tuesday.

Wilkins went 6-for-13 (.462) from the floor, 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, in Tuesday’s game, recording seven assists.

This season, the 5-foot-11 guard is averaging 14.0 points per game, shooting 36.5 percent from the floor.

FORTY AND ABOVE

In just three games this season, Centenary has shot over 40 percent for the game, winning two of the three games.

For the season, Centenary is shooting 35.7 percent from the floor in 10 games, averaging 57.5 points per game.

HOME SWEET HOME

Centenary has a 2-2 record at the Gold Dome this season, defeating Nicholls State and Lamar at home this season.

In contrast to their performance on the road, the Ladies are averaging 69.0 points per game this season at the Gold Dome, shooting 41.3 percent from the floor.

From beyond the arc at home, Centenary has converted nearly double the number of three-pointers as its opponents. Shooting 32.9 percent from the three-point line, the Ladies have 27 three-pointers at the Gold Dome this season, compared to 15 by their opponents.

THREE AMONG MID-CON LEADERS

Senior Holli Wilkins, along with freshmen Bethany Joseph and Leslie Forest all rank amongst the top 10 in the Mid-Continent Conference statistically this season.

Playing in her final collegiate season, Wilkins stands in the top 10 in the conference in five statistical categories.

Coming off of a 30-point performance against Lamar Tuesday, Wilkins is fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game. In addition, the senior guard is third in the Mid-Con in steals (2.40 spg), three-pointers per game (2.30) and free-throw percentage (.786). Wilkins also stands among the conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.365).

Freshman guard Bethany Joseph stands fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.400) and 10th in the Mid-Con in three-pointers per game (1.11). Fellow-freshman Leslie Forest stands fourth in the conference in blocks per game (0.90).

As a team, Centenary stands second in the Mid-Con in three-pointers per game, averaging 5.40 three’s per game.

SERIES AGAINST SELU

Centenary is looking for its first win in the series against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Ladies enter Saturday’s game having dropped all three of the lifetime games against the Lady Lions.

THIS SEASON AGAINST SOUTHLAND

Previously playing four games against the Southland Conference this season, Centenary has a 2-2 record, looking to go over .500 against the conference in Saturday’s game.

Centenary enters Saturday’s game undefeated against the Southland Conference at the Gold Dome, defeating Nicholls State and Lamar.

Senior guard Holli Wilkins is averaging 16.3 points against the Southland Conference in four games, while fellow senior Jelena Aleksic is averaging 11.0 points per game.

Sophomore Cierra Bush is shooting over 50 percent from the floor and from beyond the arc against the Southland Conference, averaging 9.8 points per game.

As a team, Centenary is averaging 67.0 points per game against the conference, shooting 38.3 percent from the floor.

SCOUTING SELU

Southeastern Louisiana comes into Saturday’s game on a four-game winning streak.

In the four-game span, the Lady Lions have averaged 70 points per game, while SELU has held opponents to 60.8 points per game.

SELU is led in scoring by 6-foot senior forward Brenita Williams. In eight games, Williams is averaging 14.6 points per game, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. Leading the Lady Lions with 17 steals, Williams is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Also averaging double-digit scoring, sophomore forward Kristy Carlin is averaging 10.6 points per game, shooting 44.6 percent from the floor.

Williams and Carlin have combined for 202 points, registering 39.5 percent of SELU’s points this season.

As a team, the Lady Lions are shooting 38.8 percent from the floor, dropping games to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama of the Southeastern Conference.

On the road this season, SELU has a 1-3 record.

SENIORS CARRYING LOAD

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic have combined to score 47.8 percent of the scoring this season for the Ladies at the Gold Dome.

As Centenary has scored 276 points at home in four games, Wilkins and Aleksic have combined for 132 points.

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

Centenary takes the next week off due to final exams.

The Ladies travel to Sam Houston State for its next contest, played Dec. 17.