Women's Basketball Hosts Chicago State Saturday
Friday, January 19, 2007




Jelena Aleksic and the Ladies
begin a four-game homestand Saturday

Date: Jan. 20, 2007

Opponent: Chicago State (5-13)

Site: Gold Dome (3,000)

Game Time: 3 p.m. CST

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

Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald

Series Record: 1-5 lifetime against Chicago State

 

TIPPING OFF

The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-14) takes to the Gold Dome court Saturday, hosting Chicago State (5-13) in a non-conference game at 4:30 p.m.

 

Part of a doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team, the Ladies start a four-game homestand with Saturday’s contest against the Cougars, looking to break a four-game losing streak.

 

LAST FOUR GAMES

The Ladies have struggled in their most recent four-game losing streak, outscored by an average margin of 13.0 ppg. in the last four games and starting off Mid-Continent Conference play with an 0-4 record.

 

In the four games, Centenary has shot 33.9 percent from the field, while allowing its opponent to shoot 38.3 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from three-point range. In the turnover department, the Ladies have committed almost 20 more turnovers than its opponents in the last four games, an average of 4.25 more turnovers per game.

 

While hitting 50 percent of her shots from the floor, senior forward Jelena Aleksic is leading Centenary in scoring in its last four games, averaging 13.0 ppg. Also averaging double-digit scoring in conference games this season, sophomore Cierra Bush is averaging 10.0 ppg., while leading Centenary in assists (2.0 apg.).

 

Both the Ladies’ field goal percentage and scoring average (52.8) in its last four games are below the season averages.

 

ONE FOR 200

Senior guard Holli Wilkins needs one steal to amass 200 steals in her collegiate career.

 

Already the all-time leader in steals in Centenary history, Wilkins is averaging 2.3 steals per game this season, standing second in the Mid-Con. She also has the Ladies’ record for steals in a single season, registering 82 steals in the 2005-06 season.

 

LAST GAME: UMKC HOLDS ON TO DEFEAT LADIES

After inclement weather forced travel problems prior to Monday’s game against UMKC, the Ladies fell late to the Kangaroos by a margin of 64-57 at Swinney Recreation Center.

 

Traveling for almost 22 hours from Cedar City, Utah to Kansas City, the road-weary Centenary team played an even game with the Kangaroos, with the game decided on an 11-0 run by UMKC late in the second half.

 

The Ladies fought to cut the lead to five points with under a minute remaining in the game but were forced to foul the Kangaroos to conserve time, falling in the end by seven points.

 

Three players scored in double figures for the Ladies in Monday’s game, headed by sophomore Cierra Bush’s 22. Bush hit 3-of-4 three-point shots in the loss to UMKC, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

 

As a team, Centenary shot 34.5 percent from the floor, hitting 33.3 percent of its three-pointers against UMKC.

 

RECORDS WATCH

Senior forward Jelena Aleksic has a shot to move up in the Centenary record books in several categories in Saturday’s game against Chicago State.

 

Aleksic needs eight field goals to move into the No. 2 position in career field goals in Centenary history, passing former guard Julie Danieles. With three free throws, Aleksic moves past Van’esha Brabson for No. 5 on the school’s all-time free throw list, needing just six attempts to move to No. 7 in career free throw attempts.

 

She needs just two steals to move to No. 9 in Centenary history in career steals.

 

Junior Brittany Barbee needs one assist to move to No. 6 in career assists in Ladies’ history, also needing just four three-point attempts to move to No. 8 on the school’s all-time attempts list.

 

Two freshmen have a shot of moving up in the record books in Saturday’s contest.

 

Freshman guard Bethany Joseph needs three three-pointers to move to No. 5 in three-pointers by a freshman in Centenary history. Already this season, Joseph has hit 18 three-pointers, leading the Ladies in three-point shooting percentage (.367).

 

Freshman center Leslie Forest needs just one blocked shot to move to No. 5 in career blocks, needing eight blocks to break the Centenary freshman blocks record.

 

MILESTONE APPROACHING

Senior guard Holli Wilkins is approaching an important plateau.

 

Scoring 919 points in her collegiate career, Wilkins is quickly approaching the 1,000 career points mark.

 

Only two players thus far, Alexis Pettway and Julie Danieles, have scored 1,000 points in their careers at Centenary.

 

JUDICE HITS DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Junior forward Sara Judice scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Monday’s loss to UMKC, becoming only the second Centenary player this season to register a double-double.

 

Standing second on Centenary with a 5.3 rebounds per game average, Judice has also picked up the scoring in her last two games, averaging 10.5 ppg. against Southern Utah and UMKC.

 

Scoring 10 and 11 points in her last two starts, Judice registered her first two double-digit scoring games of the season.

 

LIFETIME AGAINST CHICAGO STATE

Centenary has a 1-5 lifetime record against Chicago State, with the Ladies’ last win dating back to the 2003-04 season.

 

At the Gold Dome against the Cougars, Centenary has a 1-2 record, registering the lone 70-63 win  in the series Jan. 3, 2004.

 

Now competing as an NCAA Independent and formerly in the Mid-Con, Chicago State has a 5-13 record, 1-2 against teams from the Mid-Con.

 

The Cougars are led in scoring by senior center Chandra Timberlake, who is averaging 11.6 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. Timberlake has started every game for Chicago State this season, hitting 39.9 percent of her shots from the floor and averaging over 30 minutes per contest.

 

Sophomore guard Jasmin Dixon is averaging 10.4 ppg., while leading the team with 41 steals this season. Senior Ayesha Neasley leads the team with 2.6 assists per game average, scoring 10.0 ppg.

 

Against Mid-Con teams, Chicago State is averaging 47.7 ppg., allowing an average of 48.3. This season, the Cougars are shooting 37.2 percent from the floor and hitting 26.7 percent of its three-point shots.

 

HALFTIME LEADS TO WIN

Centenary is a perfect 4-for-4 when leading at halftime this season, undefeated when up at the break.

 

Dating back to last season, the Ladies have won their last five games when leading at halftime.

 

The Ladies last lost a game when leading at the half, Nov. 19, 2005, against New Orleans. Ahead at halftime, 38-32, Centenary lost the game by a score of 77-70.

 

UP NEXT: RETURNING TO MID-CON PLAY

Following Saturday’s non-conference game against Chicago State, Centenary returns to Mid-Con play when it hosts preseason conference favorite Oral Roberts Monday at 7 p.m.

 

Led by 2006-07 Mid-Con Preseason Player of the Year Elisha Turek, the Golden Eagles have struggled at the start of the Mid-Con season, going 1-3 in conference games.