Ladies Travel to Western Illinois
Monday, February 5, 2007




Jelena Aleksic had a game-high
18 points against Western Illinois
earlier this season

Date: Feb. 5, 2007

Opponent: Western Illinois (8-14, 4-4 Mid-Con)

Site: Western Hall, Macomb, Ill.

Time: 7 p.m.

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

Series: Western Illinois leads series: 7-0

Last Meeting at Western Hall: L, 83-37 (Dec. 31, 2005)

 

TIPPING OFF

Centenary (4-19, 0-8 Mid-Con) ends a two-game roadtrip when it travels to Western Illinois Monday. Tipoff at Western Hall is set for 7 p.m.

 

In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to capture their first victory in the series against Western Illinois, trailing in the lifetime series with an 0-7 record.

 

LAST GAME: VALPARAISO EXPLODES FOR SEASON-HIGH

Valparaiso set a new season-high for points in a game Saturday against the Ladies, exploding for 84 points in an 84-44 win over Centenary at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the campus of Valparaiso.

 

Shooting 53.8 percent from the field, the Crusaders were led by Sanna Helenius and Betsy Rietema in the 40-point victory.

 

Helenius, playing just 13 minutes, scored 13 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor. Rietema had 11 points and three rebounds.

 

For the game, Valparaiso converted 12 shots from three-point range, hitting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.

 

Centenary was led by freshman guard Jasmine Bothwell, who had a career-high 10 points.

 

WILKINS TO MISS WEEKEND

Due to an undisclosed leg injury, senior guard Holli Wilkins will miss this weekend’s two games against Valparaiso and Western Illinois.

 

Wilkins leads the Ladies with a 12.4 points per game average, starting every game this season for Centenary prior to this weekend.

 

STREAK SNAPPED FOR BUSH

Heating up in recent games, a streak of five-straight games of double-digit scoring was snapped Saturday for Centenary sophomore guard Cierra Bush.

 

In the five previous games, Bush had averaged a team-high 19.0 ppg., scoring in double-figures in all five games.

 

This season, Bush is averaging 10.9 ppg. and leads Centenary with a 6.2 rebounds per game average.

 

The sophomore set a new career high for points with 27 against Southern Miss earlier this season.

 

THREE LADIES IN TOP 10

Centenary stands as the only team in the Mid-Con to have three players in the top 10 in points per game, heading into this weekend’s two games.

 

Led by senior guard Holli Wilkins (12.4 ppg.), the Ladies are averaging 58.3 ppg., fifth in the conference. Wilkins is joined by sophomore Cierra Bush (11.3 ppg.) and senior Jelena Aleksic (11.0 ppg.) in the top 10 conference scorers.

 

WILKINS CLOSING ON MARK

Senior guard Holli Wilkins is closing in on the 1,000-point plateau, standing with 973 points in her collegiate career.

 

Needing just 27 points to amass 1,000 points, Wilkins is leading Centenary in scoring this season with a 12.4 ppg. average. The 5-foot-11 guard is sixth in the Mid-Con in scoring this season.

 

Wilkins has led the Ladies in scoring in nine games this season.

 

WILKINS CLOSES IN ON TWO RECORDS

Senior Holli Wilkins has a chance to move up in the Centenary record books.

 

Standing second in Centenary history in career three-pointers made, Wilkins needs 12 three-point field goals to move into a tie with Julie Danieles (163) as the all-time leader in three’s at Centenary.

 

Wilkins has 151 career three-pointers to stand second in Ladies history in three’s, leading the team with 40 three-point field goals this season. She is third in the Mid-Con in three-pointers per game, averaging 1.82 per game.

 

The senior guard has 233 career assists, needing 10 assists to move into second place in Ladies history in assists.

 

BUSH GRABS CAREER HIGH

Leading the Ladies in rebounding this season, sophomore guard Cierra Bush grabbed a career high 14 rebounds against IUPUI Monday.

 

Bush, who registered her second double-double of the season Monday against the Jaguars, leads the Ladies in rebounding this season, averaging 6.4 rebounds per game.

 

Her previous career high for boards in a game was 12.

 

LIFETIME AGAINST WESTERN ILLINOIS

Centenary is winless in the all-time series against Western Illinois, trailing in the series with an 0-7 record.

 

Visiting Western Hall Monday, the Ladies have fell in the three previous games by an average of 28.3 points per game, looking to capture their first win in the series Monday.

 

Earlier this season, Centenary lost to the Westerwinds, 67-58, at the Gold Dome.

 

A LOOK AT WESTERN ILLINOIS

Western Illinois enters Monday’s game on a two-game losing streak, falling at Southern Utah Jan. 29 and Oral Roberts Saturday.

 

As a team, the Westerwinds are shooting 38.3 percent as a team, hitting 37.1 percent of their three-point tries.

 

Leading the Westerwinds in scoring, Amanda Walker is averaging 10.5 ppg., hitting 39.1 percent of her shots from the floor.

 

Forward Stephanie Lovingood is hitting 46.8 percent of her shots, averaging 9.1 ppg. and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game.

 

Against the Ladies earlier this season, Lovingood grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added six points with four steals.

 

At home this season, Western Illinois has a 4-4 record.

 

TWO STATS FOR SUCCESS

Centenary remains undefeated this season when leading at the half.

 

Leading in four games at the intermission, the Ladies have a 4-0 record this season when scoring more points than their opponent in the first half.

 

When scoring 70 or more points in a contest, Centenary has a 4-1 record this season, falling to only Louisiana-Monroe Nov. 30. This season, the Ladies are averaging 57.7 ppg.

 

BUSH MOVES INTO FIFTH

Blocking two shots against Oakland Saturday, sophomore Cierra Bush moved into fifth place in Centenary history in blocked shots.

 

For her career, Bush has 22 blocks, including 12 blocks this season.

 

FOREST STANDS FOURTH IN SWATS

Center Leslie Forest stands as the lone freshman in the top five shot blockers in the Mid-Con. Forest, who has 19 blocks this season, stands fourth in the conference in blocked shots (0.90 bpg.).

 

This season, Forest has blocked three shots in a game on two occasions.

 

BUSH RIGHT BEHIND TUREK

With her third-straight game with over 20 points, sophomore Cierra Bush surged to second in the Mid-Con in 20-plus point games. Standing right behind conference-leading scorer Elisha Turek of Oral Roberts, Bush has five 20-plus point games this season, sitting in second place in games with over 20 points.

 

Becoming the Ladies go-to scorer of late, Bush had a career-high 27 points against Southern Miss earlier this season. The sophomore guard is averaging 10.9 points per game and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game.

 

WILKINS BECOMES LEADER

Recording a game-high five steals against McNeese State Dec. 30, senior guard Holli Wilkins became the all-time steals leader in Centenary history, passing former Ladies guard Julie Danieles for the top spot.

 

Wilkins remains amongst the steal leaders in the conference, averaging 2.3 spg. this season and standing third in the Mid-Con. The senior guard broke the single-season steals record in Ladies history in her junior year, registering 82 steals to finish eighth nationally.

 

Wilkins has an opportunity to lead the conference in steals for the second consecutive season.

 

LADIES SNAP STREAK

In the 84-70 win over Sam Houston State, Centenary ended its road losing streak stretching over five seasons.

 

Not earning a road win since the 2002-03 season, the Ladies’ road losing streak spanned 55 games. Prior to the win over Sam Houston State Dec. 17, Centenary last defeated an opponent on the road Dec. 7, 2002, winning over St. Francis (NY) College.

 

JEFFERSON AMONG NINE

Monique Jefferson stands in elite company in just her freshman season.

 

Of 324 NCAA Division I schools, Jefferson is just one of nine true freshman to start at point guard in the season opener.

 

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 Malon - Purdue

Maria Moeller - Ohio State

 

UP NEXT

Centenary returns to the Gold Dome for a two-game set against UMKC Saturday and Southern Utah Monday.