Ladies Basketball Season Starts Tuesday
Monday, November 5, 2007

SHREVEPORT – On Tuesday it may be just an exhibition game between the Centenary and LSU-Shreveport women’s basketball teams, but for the Bossier City/Shreveport area fans it means bragging rights. The exhibition game between the cross-town schools is slated to begin at 5 p.m. in the Gold Dome. However, this will be the last test before the Ladies get into the real action with Mississippi State on Sunday.


Centenary returns two starters this season, junior Cierra Bush, who was named second team all-conference and sophomore Monique Jefferson. The team also welcomes back sophomore Jasmine Bothwell, who started 10 times as a freshman, while the Ladies will also have two senior leaders, Brittany Barbee and Ricquel Crockrom, who have combined to play in 99 games in three seasons.


Looking to make a bigger impact this season will be sophomores Bethany Joseph and Leslie Forest. Joseph was fifth on the team in scoring last season, averaging 5.7 points, and also leading the team from the free throw line shooting, 32-of-37. Forest started four games last season and averaged just over two points a game, but grabbed 74 rebounds.


LSUS comes into the Tuesday nights contest 1-0 after defeating Paul Quinn College 66-64 on Saturday. The Lady Pilots were led by reining Gulf Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year Edie Leonards, who scored 25 points.   


However, in an exhibition game against McNeese State, LSUS lost 59-45, but played the contest tight early before the Cowgirls pulled away midway through the first half. The Lady Pilots were once again led by Leonards, who scored 16 points, while Kacie Cryer chipped in with 11 points.


This will be the second meeting between the two Shreveport schools, they met two years ago in an exhibition game.