Southeastern Louisiana Earns 56-39 Win over Ladies
Saturday, December 9, 2006

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Jelena Aleksic scored 7 of the Ladies'
15 field goals in Saturday's game

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (2-9) fell 56-39 to Southeastern Louisiana (6-3) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Senior Brenita Williams led SELU with 18 points in Saturday’s win for the Lady Lions.

Winning its fifth consecutive game, Southeastern Louisiana took advantage of its height in the interior and outrebounded Centenary, 56-39, scoring double the number of points in the paint as the Ladies (24-12).

It was the inside game of Southeastern Louisiana and rebounding that Centenary head coach Steve Curtis emphasized to his team as it prepared for the Lady Lions.

"Pregame, the biggest thing we wrote on the board was rebound," Curtis said. "It has been a problem, because when we don’t play well, we give up too many second shots, and it hurt us again today."

Southeastern Louisiana scored 14 second-chance points in Saturday’s 17-point win.

Although starting slow in Saturday’s game, Centenary only trailed by a point at the 11:45 mark of the first half, despite suffering a scoreless drought of over five minutes at the start of the game.

Down 12-11 midway through the opening half, the Ladies endured a series of turnover-plagued possessions to close the first half, trailing 30-18 at the intermission.

These turnovers by Centenary, 12 in the first half and 22 for the game, seemingly made a one-point game into a double-digit deficit. On multiple possessions, the Ladies would drive down the court and either fumble a pass or throw a pass out of bounds, frustrating Curtis and his staff.

"We open up the game and we’re missing layups. The balls going through our hands, we can’t even catch the ball all of a sudden. We’re throwing it out of bounds. We’re just not taking care of the ball," Curtis said.

Southeastern Louisiana opened the second half on a 10-2 run, extending the lead to 20 points and taking advantage of missed shots by Centenary. Running their offense and, at times, being patient with the ball and looking for open shots, the opportunities were just were not falling for the Ladies, unable to come within 15 points of the Lady Lions for the remainder of the game.

It is at this moment, the time when the shots do not fall, that Curtis says his team must improve upon.

"I’m really concerned with our ability to sustain things when a bad run happens," Curtis said. "When you play the game of basketball, the other team is going to score six or eight points on you. We have not developed a way to counter that. We cannot come back from that. If they score eight in a row, we go into panic mode. This game today was about our mistakes."

Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 14 points in the loss. Coming back Saturday after missing Tuesday’s win over Lamar, Aleksic made seven of Centenary’s 15 field goals, going 7-for-11 from the floor.

Williams went 7-for-12 from the floor, adding eight rebounds to her 18 points.

Taking a week off for final exams, Centenary travels to Huntsville, Texas for a game against Sam Houston State Sunday, Dec. 17.

Curtis says his team must learn how to sustain through the hardships of the game. Not getting the look that was intended, not getting the screen desire, these are examples of situations the Ladies must fight through during the course of a regular game.

"We got to develop patience. We got to develop consistency. Mainly, we just got to keep at it," Curtis said.

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