Jackson, Farrell Sign with Ladies Basketball
Monday, April 16, 2007




Head Coach Steve Curtis signs
two future Ladies for 2007-08

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s basketball is proud to announce the signings of Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell to National Letters of Intent for the 2007-08 season, announced by Ladies head coach Steve Curtis.

The Ladies, who have a strong core of 10 returning letterwinners for next season, bring in two high-level players in Jackson and Farrell, both very versatile and compliments to the current Centenary roster.

"We are expecting Anne and Ashley to contribute right away," Curtis said of the two recruits. "Each of them can play multiple positions, which ties in nicely with the way we play. While there’s always an adjustment period for freshmen, they have the skills, athletic ability and attitude to play key roles for us next season."

Curtis also commented on how Jackson and Farrell are outstanding young ladies off the court and in the classroom.

Jackson, a 5-foor-10 forward, becomes the first player under Curtis to come from the local Shreveport-Bossier City area.

With Jackson signing with the Ladies, Curtis is happy with the direction of the program.

"One of the things that made Centenary so appealing to me is the caliber of high school basketball in the area," Curtis said. "We want to build our team with local players and getting Ashley is a huge first step in that direction."

Coming from a very impressive family lineage, with both her parents in the Centenary College Hall of Fame in men’s and women’s basketball, Jackson earned honorable mention All-Louisiana this past season at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport.

Jackson ended her high school career as the fourth all-time scorer in Flyers’ history, amassing 1,632 points in four seasons. Despite missing majority of her junior season, Jackson also ranks as the fourth all-time rebounder at Loyola College Prep, with 840, standing third in Flyers’ history in career blocks (174).

A very versatile player, Jackson got to the free-throw line 291 times in her senior season, finishing second all-time in school history in career free-throw attempts (649).

She has a career average of 14.1 ppg. and 7.2 rpg.

Curtis says Jackson is very good around the basket and has the strength and quickness to score off the dribble, remarking on how good a passer and rebounder the forward is.

Ashley’s parents, Willie and Zebber, both excelled in basketball with the Gents and Ladies, respectively.

Willie still stands as the all-time leading scorer in Centenary history with 2,535 points, averaging 22.2 points per game in his collegiate career. He is second in Gent history in career rebounds (1,013) and steals (205), while rankings as the all-time leader in career blocks (112).

Zebber ranks sixth in Ladies history in career points with 876, playing at Centenary from 1981-83. She is second in school history in career rebounds (555), ranking as the all-time leader in career blocks (77).

Jackson earned honorable mention Academic All-Louisiana this past season, chosen to play in the 2007 Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Farrell, a 6-2 forward, comes to Centenary from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Okla.

In her senior season, Farrell earned first team All-Metro Lakes Conference, honorable mention Tulsa World All-Metro, and honorable mention Tulsa World All-Oklahoma.

This past season, Farrell averaged 10.0 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. In four seasons with the Comets, Farrell finished with a career field goal percentage of .510 and a career free throw percentage of .730.

For her career, the versatile forward averaged 10.0 ppg. and 9.0 rpg.

At 6-2, Farrell gives the Ladies much-needed height in the post for next season. Her addition to the team gives Curtis more options on the offensive end.

"Anne’s ability to pass, shoot and rebound will enable us to use her in a variety of ways in our offense," Curtis said of Farrell. "She has skills away from the basket, runs the floor very well and has an excellent understanding of the game."

This past season, Farrell helped lead the Comets to a 20-6 record, including a 9-3 record in conference play.

She also started two seasons on the Bishop Kelley volleyball team.

Centenary is coming off a season in which they made their first-ever appearance in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, making team history by having two members of the team make All-Mid-Con teams.

2007-08 Centenary Women’s Basketball Recruiting Class

Name

Ht.

Pos.

High School

Hometown

HS Coach

Anne Farrell

6-2

F

Bishop Kelley

Tulsa, Okla.

Jana Hardgrave

Ashley Jackson

5-10

F

Loyola College Prep

Shreveport, La.

Rob Horneman