Ladies Visit Southern Miss Wednesday
Tuesday, December 19, 2006




Monique Jefferson and the Ladies
face a tough Conference USA
opponent Wednesday

Date: Dec. 20, 2006

Opponent: Southern Miss (5-7, 0-0 Conference USA)

Location: Reed Green Coliseum

Game Time: 7 p.m. CST

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

Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald

Television: None

Series: Southern Miss leads all-time series (2-0)

TIPPING OFF

Centenary (3-9, 0-0 Mid-Con) looks to build off the momentum of its first road win in five seasons when it faces Southern Mississippi (5-7, 0-0 Conference USA) at Reed Green Coliseum Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

LADIES SNAP STREAK

Exploding to its largest point output of the season, Centenary snapped a 55-game road losing streak in its 84-70 win over Sam Houston State Sunday.

Led by a combined 43 points by Holli Wilkins and Cierra Bush, the Ladies shot a season-high 52 percent from the floor in Sunday’s win.

Centenary took control of the game from the opening tip, not surrendering the lead from the 14 minute mark of the first half. The Ladies showed a hustle and execution on the offensive end in the 14-point win that was absent in earlier road losses this season.

Bush, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, added 10 rebounds to her career-high 20 points, registering the first double-double by a Centenary player this season.

Following the win, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis praised his team’s execution on the offensive end and its reading of the opposition’s defense.

THE LONG ROAD ENDS

Last capturing a road victory during the 2002-03 season, Centenary snapped its 55-game road losing streak with its 14-point win over Sam Houston State Sunday.

A dubious streak, the Ladies last captured a road victory against St. Francis (NY) College, Dec. 7, 2002, with the streak spanning five seasons.

Under the new direction of first-year head coach Steve Curtis, Centenary takes a new attitude and direction into the 2006-07 season and for the future.

After Sunday’s win, Centenary has already equaled the win total of last season.

AGAINST CONFERENCE USA

Centenary looks to capture its first victory against a team from Conference USA in Wednesday’s game against Southern Miss.

In three lifetime games against the conference, Centenary holds an 0-3 record.

The Ladies are 0-2 lifetime against Southern Miss, also falling to Memphis.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN MISS

The Lady Eagles fell 63-48 in their last game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, played Sunday in Corpus Christi.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday’s game with a 4-2 record at home this season.

Leading the team with a 17.4 scoring average is sophomore Amber Eugene, shooting a team-leading 50.9 percent from the floor.

Behind Eugene, sophomores Emer Foley and Kendra Reed are averaging 16.4 and 14.5 points per game, respectively. Foley leads the team in rebounds, averaging 8.0 rebounds per game.

As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 69.5 points per game at home this season, allowing 64.5 points per game.

From the floor, the Lady Eagles are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor, 35 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line.

WILKINS WITHIN ONE

With one more steal, senior guard Holli Wilkins moves into a tie with Julie Danieles for first place on Centenary’s all-time steals list.

Wilkins currently has 185 career steals, already owning the single-season steals record with 82 steals in her junior season.

She finished eighth nationally last season, averaging 3.42 steals per game.

BUSH SCORES CAREER HIGH

Shooting 6-for-11 from the floor, sophomore forward Cierra Bush scored a career-high 20 points against Sam Houston State Sunday.

Bush added 10 rebounds to register the first double-double for the Ladies this season.

Bush also added four assists and four steals to have one of the most complete games by a Centenary player this season.

UP NEXT

Centenary takes a break from competition to celebrate the holiday season, next playing Dec. 30 against McNeese State.

The Ladies host McNeese State at the Gold Dome 2 p.m., looking to end the month of December on a winning note.