Battle of I-49 Part 19
Sunday, November 30, 2008

SHREVEPORT – For the 19th time in 27 years, the Centenary and Northwestern State women’s basketball teams will lock horns on Monday night in Prather Coliseum.


During the infancy of the rivalry, both schools met twice during the course of the season, and when Centenary reintroduced women’s basketball in 1999, the Ladies and Lady Demons continued the show down.


Last season, Centenary defeated NSU for the first time, winning 62-61 on a last second defensive stand. The Lady Demons had the ball with a second left and when Tena Matthews’ shot was blocked by Cierra Bush, the Ladies were finally able to draw blood on their counterparts.


Centenary will head into the game having lost to Southeastern State on Saturday, 78-52. The Ladies shot 19 percent (4-of-21) during the first half, while the Lions connected on 45 percent (16-for-35) of their opportunities.


For the season, sophomore Anne Farrell leads the offense with 11.6 points per game, while freshman Chelsea Johnson and senior Cierra Bush contribute 11.2 and 10.4 points a contest. Defensively, Farrell also tops the Ladies with 49 rebounds, while Bush is second with 19. 


The Lady Demons come into the Monday night affair with a 2-2 record, winning their game on Saturday, 76-65, over Southern Arkansas. NSU was led by Courtney Shead, who had 17 points, while Sherrion Thomas added six rebounds along with Shead.


Offensively, the Lady Demons also have a trio of players who score in double figures, led by Brooke Shepherd’s 11.3 average. Behind Shepherd’s production are Demetria White and Britany Kinlaw, who each score 10 points a game.


After Monday night’s game, Centenary will start the conference schedule with games at South Dakota State and North Dakota State. Both games can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and