Klein Leads UMKC Past Ladies
Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies
with 16 points in the loss

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by a double-double by junior center Alysa Klein, UMKC (8-16, 4-5) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-21, 0-10), 63-47, Saturday at the Gold Dome.

Poor shooting doomed the Ladies in the second half, as Centenary shot just 20.8 percent from the floor following the intermission. Heading into the second half down just three points, UMKC used a 12-1 run early to pull away from the Ladies.

With the early run culminating with a three by junior guard Brittny Picconi, the Kangaroos never trailed by less than 12 points for the remainder of the game.

Klein was pivotal in the Kangaroos victory over the Ladies, scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 center, seventh in the Mid-Continent Conference in both scoring and rebounding, hit 9-of-16 shots Saturday, helping UMKC build a 34-16 edge in points in the paint.

Centenary efficiently came out of the gates in Saturday’s game holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game.

After a three by freshman guard Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) with 9:44 left in the first half, UMKC retook the lead from the Ladies with baskets by Heather Wimberly and Jowan Ortega.

The two teams went cold for a period of four minutes to follow Ortega’s jumper, as UMKC closed the half outscoring Centenary, 13-8, and taking a 31-28 lead at the intermission.

Guard Chazny Morris compliment Klein’s efforts, adding 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor.

Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 16 points, playing all but two minutes of the contest.

Suffering through the poor second half from the floor, the Ladies shot 34 percent from the floor for the game.

Centenary returns to action Monday, hosting Southern Utah at the Gold Dome in their final home game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.