Ladies Start Two-Game Roadtrip at Sam Houston State
Saturday, December 16, 2006


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Holli Wilkins needs four steals
to move into a tie for first
all-time at Centenary

TIPPING OFF

Centenary (2-9, 0-0 Mid-Con) embarks on a two-game road trip this week, traveling to Sam Houston State (3-6, 0-0 Southland) Sunday at Johnson Coliseum. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

After taking a week off for final exams, the Ladies are set to return to action in Sunday’s non-conference game against the Bearkats.

LAST GAME: SE LOUISIANA STOPS CC

Centenary was unable to recover from a double-digit halftime deficit, falling to Southeastern Louisiana, 56-39, at the Gold Dome.

The Ladies struggled offensively the entire afternoon, limited to 15 field goals for the game.

Hitting seven of the 15 field goals was senior forward Jelena Aleksic, who paced Centenary with 14 points in the loss.

Starting the second half with a 12 point deficit, Centenary was unable to cut into the SELU lead, trailing by as many as 21 points at one point.

A lack of execution may have been the catalyst to the Ladies’ woes in the 17-point loss, as on numerous occasions down the court, Centenary would turn the ball over, resulting in points for SELU.

WILKINS CLOSES IN

With three more three pointers, senior guard Holli Wilkins moves into a tie for second place on Centenary’s career three-point field goal list. Standing at 134 career three-pointers, Wilkins is within striking distance of Van’esha Brabson, who stands in second with 137 career three’s.

Wilkins needs four steals to move into a tie with Julie Danieles as the all-time steals leader for Centenary. She already holds the single-season record for the Ladies with 82 steals last season.

SENIORS LEAD

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic continue to lead the Ladies in scoring.

Both averaging double-digits and among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in scoring, the two seniors account for 41 percent of Centenary’s scoring this season.

Wilkins leads the Ladies with a scoring average of 12.9, while Aleksic is right behind, averaging 11 points per game.

AGAINST SOUTHLAND

This season against teams from the Southland Conference, Centenary holds a 2-3 record, defeating Nicholls State (Nov. 18) and Lamar (Dec. 5).

The Ladies are shooting 37 percent from the field against the Southland Conference, led in scoring by seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic.

With all statistics comparable, Centenary has turned the ball over 107 times, compared to 80 turnovers by its five opponents.

On the road against the Southland Conference this season, the Ladies are 0-3.

SERIES WITH SAM HOUSTON STATE

Centenary trails the all-time series with the Bearkats, 2-3, last playing Sam Houston State Nov. 26, 2005.

Against the Bearkats last season, Centenary captured a five-point victory, defeating Sam Houston State, 68-63, at the Gold Dome.

A trio of Centenary players scored 14 points in the win.

SCOUTING BEARKATS

Sam Houston State enters Sunday’s game on a four-game losing streak, dropping three games on the road and a neutral site game.

During the four-game span, the Bearkats have given up an average of 85.5 points, while scoring 45.5 points per game against good competition.

Leading Sam Houston State in scoring after nine games is Erica Parker, who averages nine points per game. Parker is shooting 24.2 percent from the floor, leading the Bearkats in assists and steals.

Whitney Smith is right behind Parker in scoring , averaging 8.8 points per game and leading the Bearkats in rebounding (5.7 rpg).

Sam Houston State remains undefeated at home this season with a 3-0 record.

CLOSING NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE

With this week’s two games, Centenary is coming close to entering the Mid-Continent Conference portion of its schedule.

On the road this season against non-conference teams, Centenary has a 0-4 record.

The Ladies look to break that streak in Sunday’s game against Sam Houston State.

WITH EVERY GAME

Each game gives more experience to Centenary’s very young roster.

Among the youngest rosters among NCAA Division I teams, Centenary has six freshmen on its roster.

The rookies continue to grow with every game, adjusting to the speed of the college game.

Freshman guard Monique Jefferson has started all but one game at point guard this season for the Ladies.

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.

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.

ON DECK

Staying on the road, Centenary travels to Southern Miss for a non-conference game Wednesday at 7 p.m.