Ladies Headed to the Upper Midwest
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team will get a taste of the conference season on Thursday at 5 p.m. when it travels to nationally recognized South Dakota State and then to North Dakota State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Ladies have had offensive struggles in their last two games, shooting 29 percent (30-of-103) from the field, 21 percent (8-of-37) from 3-point range and during this time Centenary has averaged 51 points, while allowing 67.5.

In the Ladies last game against Northwestern State, they were led by sophomore Ashley Jackson, who scored a season-high 19 points, which was just one off from her career-best. Cleaning up the glass for Centenary was fellow super sophomore Anne Farrell, who grabbed 10 rebounds.

SDSU comes into Thursday’s game with a league best 6-1 record and are also receiving votes in this week ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Jackrabbits lost their first game of the season just last weekend to No. 10 Maryland, 68-56.

In that game, SDSU shot 32 percent from the floor and 22 percent from long range, while turning the ball over 17 times. Individually, Jennifer Warkenthein scored a game-high 17 points, while Maria Boever added 10.

The last visit Centenary had to NDSU, legendary head coach Amy Ruley announced her retirement just hours before the game. This season the Bison are 2-3, beating Valley City State and Idaho State, but have lost Northern Iowa, Minnesota and Georgetown.

Leading NDSU is Abby Plucker, who averages 17 points a game, while Inger Hodgson follows with 9.8. Plucker is also a monster on the glass, pulling down six rebounds and Jill Zaruba is right behind her with 5.2.

Following The Summit League action against South Dakota State and North Dakota State, the Ladies will return to the Gold Dome on Dec. 10, when they host Nicholls State at 7 p.m.