Women's Basketball Travels to Oakland
Monday, February 26, 2007




Leslie Forest leads Centenary
in blocks this season

Looking to end the regular season on high note, the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-23, 1-12) visits Oakland (16-11, 11-2) Monday for a game at the O’Rena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST.

 

Monday’s regular-season finale can be heard live on KSCL 91.3 and www.SportsJuice.com, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play announcing duties.

 

WILKINS SURPASSES 1,000 POINTS

Senior guard Holli Wilkins scored seven points in Saturday’s loss to IUPUI, reaching the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career.

 

Now standing with 1,002 points, Wilkins leads the Ladies in scoring this season with a 11.6 ppg. scoring average.

 

She has hit a team-high 45 three-pointers this season, hitting a team-leading 80 percent of her free-throw attempts.

 

LAST GAME: BOOYER LEADS IUPUI

Alicia Booyer scored a team-leading 21 points to lead IUPUI to a 73-55 win over Centenary Saturday.

Booyer hit 7-of-15 shots from the field to lead all players in scoring.

 

Never trailing Saturday, four players scored in double figures for the Jaguars.

 

With Booyer, forward Jernisha Cann recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Cann added six steals and four assists in the Jaguar win.

 

As Centenary trailed 29-22 at the half, IUPUI went on a 9-0 run to open the second half, taking a 16-point lead on the Ladies.

 

Centenary could not cut into the large deficit, trailing by at least 11 points for the remainder of the game.

 

Sophomore Cierra Bush led the Ladies with 11 points in the loss.

 

BUSH TALLIES 15TH

With her 11 points on Saturday, sophomore Cierra Bush tallied her 15th game this season scoring in double figures.

 

Bush, averaging 10.9 ppg. to standing second on the team in scoring, stands tied for the team lead in games scoring in double figures.

 

She has led Centenary in scoring eight games this season, tallying a career-high 27 points against Southern Miss Dec. 20.

 

LADIES STAND FIFTH IN MID-CON

In 28 games this season, Centenary is averaging 56.8 ppg.,  standing fifth in the Mid-Con in scoring this season.

 

Centenary, shooting 35.7 percent from the floor, has three players averaging double figures, led by senior guard Holli Wilkins.

 

Wilkins stands seventh in the conference in scoring this season. 

 

HITTING 70

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

 

The lone loss when hitting 70 or more points came against Louisiana-Monroe at the Gold Dome, Nov. 30.

 

In all five of their wins this season, the Ladies have scored 70 or more points.

 

FOREST TIES RECORD

Freshman center Leslie Forest moved into a tie for first amongst freshman shot blockers in Centenary history.

 

Forest recorded two blocks against IUPUI Saturday to register her 25th and 26th blocks of the season.

 

Forest stands tied with Tameika McHenry for blocked shots by a freshman.

 

WILKINS MOVES INTO SECOND

Senior guard Holli Wilkins moved into second place in Centenary history in career assists with her seven assists against Oral Roberts Monday.

 

Registering 246 assists in her collegiate career, Wilkins passed Julie Danieles (242) to move into second in career assists.

 

This season, the senior guard 3.16 assists per game, leading the Ladies in assists.

 

BUSH MOVES INTO NINTH IN SCORING

Sophomore guard Cierra Bush moved into ninth in Centenary history in career scoring, going for 16 points against Oral Roberts Monday.

 

Bush has 406 points in her collegiate career to pass Carly Melvin (398) for ninth in Centenary history in career points.

 

Bush is averaging 10.9 ppg. to stand second on the Ladies in scoring this season.

 

SENIORS GO OUT ON TOP

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.

 

THREE AT THE TOP

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 leads the Ladies with a 11.6 ppg. scoring average, standing seventh in the conference in scoring.

 

Sophomore Cierra Bush stands eighth in the conference in scoring with a 10.9 ppg. average.

 

Leading the Ladies in field-goal percentage (.426), senior Jelena Aleksic is 10th in the Mid-Con in scoring with a 10.4 ppg. average.

 

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

 

HALFTIME LEADS TO WIN

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.

 

 

STREAK SNAPPED

Centenary snapped its losing streak in Mid-Continent Conference play at 17 games.

 

Dating back to last season, the Ladies failed to win a conference game this season in its first 10 tries.

 

WILKINS LEADS MID-CON

Senior Holli Wilkins stands as the Ladies best free-throw shooter this season, hitting 80  percent of her shots from the charity stripe.

 

Wilkins stands first in the conference in free-throw percentage this season.

 

WILKINS MOVES INTO FOURTH

Senior guard Holli Wilkins grabbed five rebounds to move into No. 4 in Centenary history in career rebounds. Wilkins currently stands with 348 career rebounds.

 

BUSH STANDS SECOND

Notching a new career-high for points this season, Centenary sophomore guard Cierra Bush stands tied for second in the Mid-Con in 20-plus point games. With five games this season of 20 or more points this season, Bush is right behind 2006-07 Preseason Mid-Con Player of the Year, Elisha Turek of Oral Roberts.

 

This season, Bush is amongst the top scorers in the Mid-Con, standing in the conference top 10 in scoring, averaging 10.9 ppg. Bush leads the Ladies in rebounding this season, averaging 6.0 boards 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.

 

UP NEXT

Centenary prepares for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, held in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday to Tuesday.