Ladies Close Out 2008 Against McNeese
Sunday, December 28, 2008

SHREVEPORT – After a disappointing game against LSU over a week ago, the Centenary women’s basketball team will look to put that game behind them when the McNeese State Cowgirls trot into Shreveport on Monday for a 12 p.m. tip-off.


After getting the game within seven at 7:47 against the Tigers in the first half, the Ladies couldn’t draw any closer. LSU closed the period on a 20-4 run, and the defense held Centenary without a bucket for over four minutes.


On Monday, the Ladies play in-state foe McNeese State and they will look get revenge after last seasons, 81-79, double overtime thriller. In that game last season, sophomore Anne Farrell scored a career-high 25 points, while senior Karolina Zaloga also put in 20.


However, the game will be most remembered by senior Cierra Bush, who sustained a season ending knee injury during the closing moments of regulation. At the time of the injury, Bush was in the top half of The Summit League scoring with 16 points a game.


This season, Farrell continues to lead the offense with 9.5 points a game and tops the defensive stats with 8.2 rebounds. Junior Leslie Forest, meanwhile, is second on the team in rebounds with 4.5, while freshman Chelsea Johnson averages 7.3 points a contest.


McNeese comes into Monday’s game on a roll, having won four straight games and 6-of-8. The Cowgirls defeated Arkansas Pine Bluff 73-64 in their last game before the Holiday layoff.


Offensively for McNeese, Shante’ Perry scores 14.5 a game, while Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett round the double figures with 11.3 and 10.9 points per game. Ja’Niqua Kendrix cleans the glass, pulling down a team-leading 5.2 rebounds a game. 


Following the game with McNeese, Centenary will get back into conference play with a game at Oral Roberts on Jan. 3. Then three days later the Ladies will play NCAA New Orleans Regional finalist Oklahoma State on Thursday, Jan. 6.