Turek's Double-Double Leads Oral Roberts Over Ladies
Monday, January 22, 2007

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Cierra Bush scored over 20 points
for the third-straight game

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Elisha Turek scored a season-high 32 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Oral Roberts (12-7, 2-3) over the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-16, 0-5) Monday at the Gold Dome.

Turek, a senior forward, helped the high-powered Golden Eagles offense score over eighty points for the seventh time this season, with Oral Roberts leading the Mid-Con in team scoring this season (70.3 ppg.). The 6-foot-2 Turek hit 13-of-17 shots in Monday’s win, pounding the glass for nine offensive rebounds against the Ladies.

Leading the conference in rebounding (10.3 rpg.) and second in scoring (16.9 ppg.), Turek proved to be a force in the paint Monday. With her aggressiveness on the offensive end, Turek helped the Golden Eagles create multiple second-chance scoring opportunities, outscoring Centenary in second-chance points, 26-9.

"We knew that she (Turek) was going to be a big part on whether they win or lose," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "Without looking at the film, I would imagine she scored eight or 10 times when they threw her the ball. Probably 20 of her 32 were just second shots, where she just rebounded, manhandled us and scored."

Turek was instrumental for the Golden Eagles early in the first half, scoring 9-of-18 points on an 18-2 run by Oral Roberts. Illustrating Curtis’ words of the forward, two of Turek’s four baskets during the run were a result of an offensive rebound, helping Oral Roberts take a 15-point lead at 21-6.

True to form, the Ladies would not fold and stormed back after trailing by 15 and being held scoreless for almost five minutes early in the first half. Leading the charge, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) scored five points in a Centenary 10-1 run, cutting the lead to six points.

Unfortunately for the Ladies, the momentum was short-lived, as Oral Roberts would score three-straight baskets to reestablish a 13-point lead, leading by double figures for the remainder of the contest.

Following the intermission, Centenary could not cut into the 14-point halftime lead held by the Golden Eagles, outscored 11-2 through the first six minutes of the second half.

Expending a great amount of energy to cut a 15-point deficit to six midway through the opening half, the lull experienced by the Ladies is something Curtis says his team must work on, something his team must overcome.

"We had some unforced errors against the press," Curtis said. "We’ve had that one or two minute spell where we lose focus and a game would go from really close to a six-to-eight point run either way. It’s just a matter of doing things 10 times out of 10 instead of eight times out of 10."

Of the press, Oral Roberts executed a full-court press for much of Monday’s contest, forcing 26 turnovers by the Ladies with the high-pressure defense.

Sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) led Centenary in scoring for the third consecutive game, scoring 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and adding six rebounds. For the first time in her collegiate career, Bush has scored over 20 points in three consecutive games, developing into the go-to scorer for Centenary.

"Cierra is really doing a great job of being active, reading screens and finding open spots," Curtis said of Bush. "She can do a lot of things on a basketball court. She’s learning to play without the basketball. When she learns how to play without the basketball, she’s going to be hard to handle."

Senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) added 12 points and Jefferson finished the game with 11 points.

For the game, Centenary shot 43.1 percent from the floor and hit 15.8 percent from beyond the arc. Oral Roberts shot 47.8 percent from the field.

Centenary continues its homestand Saturday, hosting Oakland at the Gold Dome at 2 p.m. The Ladies will be tested against Oakland, who defeated Southern Utah by 47 points Monday.

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