Ladies Welcome Golden Grizzlies and Mastodons to Town
Friday, February 8, 2008

SHREVEPORT – It has not been a pretty first month of the conference season for the Centenary women’s basketball team. The Ladies will look to turn the corner on Saturday when Oakland comes to town and Monday when IPFW sees it first action in the Gold Dome since 2003.

 

For any young team there will be growing pains and for Centenary it hasn’t been any different. In their last six games, the Ladies have held leads against UMKC, Western Illinois and IUPUI, but have not been able to clamp down and hold the advantage.

 

In the last six games, Centenary is shooting just 30 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. Opponents, meanwhile, are nailing over 42 percent from the floor and 41 percent from outside.

 

In February, the light may be at the end of the tunnel, as Centenary has four games in the Gold Dome. Their lone road trip this month will be next week when the Ladies play at Western Illinois and IUPUI.

 

The Ladies are being led by three athletes who are scoring nine points a game during this stretch. Freshmen Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson score 9.8 and 9.7 points per game, while junior Karolina Zaloga is chipping in with nine a contest.   

 

The Golden Grizzlies come into Saturday’s game on a three game losing streak. Oakland has lost all three contests by a combined eight points, including a one point overtime thriller at home against South Dakota State on Saturday.

 

Oakland is led by Jessica Pike, who scores 16.6 points per game, while Melissa Jeltema and Hanna Reising follow up with 12.7 and 12.6 points a contest.

 

After starting 2008 on fire by winning five out of six, IPFW has cooled off just a bit, as it lost both its home games last week to North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The Mastodons lost to the Bison 67-65 on Saturday and 74-72 in overtime to the Jackrabbits.

 

IPFW is led by Johnna Lewis-Carlisle, who leads the league in scoring by dropping in 19.5 points per game. Jordan Zuppe follows with 9.7 points a game and was 5-of-8 from 3-point range in the first meeting between Centenary and IPFW.

 

Saturday’s game against Oakland will be The Summit League’s Game of the Week and can be seen on www.thesummitleague.org and can be heard on www.gocentenary.com.