Women's Basketball Set to Face UMKC Monday
Sunday, January 14, 2007




Leslie Forest is averaging
a block a game this season

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-13, 0-3) travels to Kansas City to visit UMKC (5-12, 1-1) Monday at Swinney Recreation Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

In Monday’s game, the Ladies search for their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season, falling to Southern Utah by 10 points Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHERN UTAH PULLS AWAY LATE TO DEFEAT LADIES

Trailing by one-to-two possessions for most of the game and putting forth a consorted team effort, Centenary just couldn’t escape with a victory at Centrum Arena Saturday, falling to Southern Utah by a score of 63-53.

The deciding factor for the Ladies was in the final five minutes when the Thunderbirds scored six consecutive points to take an eight-point lead on Centenary with under three minutes remaining in the contest. In the final five minutes, the Ladies were held to just two points, outscored 10-2 to close the game.

Senior Holli Wilkins led the team with 11 points, followed by 10 points by junior Sara Judice. Sophomore Cierra Bush grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss.

SERIES AGAINST UMKC

Centenary holds a 1-5 lifetime record against UMKC in the six games against the Kangaroos.

The lone win over UMKC came last season at the Gold Dome, as the Ladies defeated the Kangaroos, 52-44, on Jan. 28, 2006.

The Ladies have yet to capture a win on the road against the Kangaroos, falling by an average of 16.3 points per game at the Swinney Recreation Center.

RARE OCCURRENCE

Against Southern Utah Saturday, senior guard Holli Wilkins did not register a steal. Not garnering a steal for just the third time this season, Wilkins is among the Mid-Con leaders with 38 steals.

She is the current all-time steals leader at Centenary both for career and single season.

OFF THE MARK

Centenary looks to bounce back from its second-worst shooting night of the season.

Against the Thunderbirds, in the Ladies first road test of the Mid-Con schedule, Centenary shot 27.8 percent from the floor, hitting 15-of-54 shots in the game.

Not since a 60-36 loss to Samford (Nov. 25) have the Ladies had such a poor shooting performance. Against Samford, Centenary shot 27.5 percent, scoring a season-low 36 points.

For the season, the Ladies have a field goal percentage of 36.5 percent.

SETTING SEASON LOW

In the loss to Southern Utah Saturday, Centenary turned the ball over a season-low 16 times, something the Ladies can build upon heading into Monday’s matchup with UMKC.

Averaging 21.2 turnovers per contest, Centenary has had more assists than turnovers in just three games this season. Of the three games, the Ladies have won two, defeating Lamar (Dec. 5) and Sam Houston State (Dec. 17).

Somewhat of a hinderance on Centenary’s play, the Ladies must continue to limit the turnovers and protect the ball when on the offensive end.

ONE PER GAME

Remaining in the top five in the Mid-Con in blocks, freshman center Leslie Forest picked up one block Saturday against Southern Utah.

With 17 blocks this season, Forest continues to average 1.00 blocks per game, adding 2.5 ppg. and 2.9 rpg.

UP NEXT

Centenary hosts Chicago State in non-conference action at the Gold Dome Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Formerly a member of the Mid-Con, Chicago State is participating this season as an independent.