Ladies Travel to Oral Roberts
Monday, February 19, 2007

Holli Wilkins is just seven points shy of
1,000 for her collegiate career

The Centenary women’s basketball team (5-21, 1-10) travels to Tulsa, Okla. to face Oral Roberts (17-9, 6-5) at the Mabee Center Monday at 7 p.m.


In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to earn their first victory in the lifetime series with the Golden Eagles, standing with an 0-7 all-time record against Oral Roberts. Monday’s game can be heard live on KSCL 91.3 and, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play announcing duties.



Playing their final game at the Gold Dome, seniors Jelena Aleksic, Tracee Byrd and Holli Wilkins went out with a win, defeating Southern Utah, 72-67, Feb. 12.


Wilkins, leading the Ladies in scoring with a 12.2 ppg. average, scored 16 points in her final home game to lead the team in scoring. Playing all but one minute against the Thunderbirds, Wilkins added six rebounds, five assists and four steals.


In addition to Wilkins play, fellow-senior Jelena Aleksic had 12 points in her final home game, grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Cierra Bush had 12 points for the Ladies.


Fittingly, the first and last basket made by Centenary was made by a senior, with Aleksic making the first basket of the game for the Ladies and Wilkins cleaning up with the final Centenary basket.


The win ended an 11-game losing streak for the Ladies.


SEVEN TO 1,000

More than likely, senior guard Holli Wilkins will reach the 1,000-point mark in Monday’s game against the Golden Eagles.


Wilkins stands with 993 points in her four seasons, ranking third in Centenary history in career points. She is on the brink of becoming only the third player in Ladies history to score 1,000 points in their collegiate careers.


This season, Wilkins is leads Centenary in scoring (12.2 ppg.), steals (56) and three-pointers (44). The senior guard is the all-time leader in career steals with the Ladies (213).



Centenary remains the only team in the Mid-Continent Conference to have three players amongst the top 10 in scoring in the conference.


In overall games, senior guard Holli Wilkins is averaging 12.2 ppg. and stands seventh in the conference in scoring. Fellow-senior Jelena Aleksic is averaging 10.8 ppg., leading the Ladies with a .429 field-goal percentage and playing an average of 31.2 minutes per game. She is ninth in the Mid-Con in scoring.


Sophomore Cierra Bush is averaging 10.7 ppg. while ranking as the 10th-best scorer in the conference.


As a team, Centenary is averaging 56.8 ppg., standing fifth in the Mid-Con in team scoring.



Leading 33-30 at the half against Southern Utah Feb. 12, Centenary remains undefeated this season when leading at the break.


The Ladies are 5-0 this season when ahead at the intermission, leading at halftime just five times this season.


Unfortunately for the Ladies, Centenary has yet to overcome a halftime deficit in the second half.



When scoring 70 points this season, Centenary has a 5-1 record this season.


Falling only to Louisiana-Monroe, 74-71, Nov. 30 when hitting 70 points, the trend continued for the Ladies Feb. 12 against Southern Utah.


Against the Thunderbirds, Centenary scored 72 points to earn the victory.


The Ladies will have to play above-and-beyond against Oral Roberts Monday to hit the 70 mark. The Golden Eagles have allowed 70 or more points in just four games this season.



Senior Holli Wilkins stands as the Ladies best free-throw shooter this season, hitting 79.6 percent of her shots from the charity stripe.


Wilkins stands second in the conference in free-throw percentage, with Jessica Pike of Oakland leading the Mid-Con from the free-throw line (.832 FT%).



In three lifetime meetings against Oral Roberts on the road, the Ladies have an 0-3 record, last falling to the Golden Eagles, 70-43, Feb. 25, 2006.


The Ladies have allowed an average of 65.7 ppg. to Oral Roberts on the road, playing its closest game during the 2003-04 season when they fell, 68-67, to the Golden Eagles.



Centenary travels to IUPUI Saturday for a conference game at 4:30 p.m.