Ladies Begin Home Stretch Saturday
Friday, February 13, 2009

SHREVEPORT – Four home games remain on the schedule, which favors the Centenary women’s basketball team to make The Summit League Tournament. The final leg begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday when the Ladies host Western Illinois and the weekend concludes Monday at home against IUPUI.


The Ladies hung tight with both Oakland and IPFW last weekend, but they couldn’t close the game. Against the Golden Grizzlies, Centenary got the game within eight with just under nine minutes left, but could not get any closer. Monday’s battle was a see-saw affair with nine ties and seven lead changes, but down by four with 35 seconds left the Ladies couldn’t hold IPFW scoreless.


Against both IUPUI and WIU, Centenary held leads of seven in the first half, but the immature Ladies couldn’t hold the advantages. Ashley Jackson scored 26 points against the Jaguars and Westerwinds, while senior Cierra Bush followed with 25.


Jackson continues to lead the Ladies offense with 9.5 points per game, while sophomore Anne Farrell follows with 9.2 a contest. Farrell tops the team with 7.1 rebounds and junior Leslie Forest is just six blocks from taking over the top spot all-time at Centenary.


The Westerwinds come into Saturday’s game having lost 5-of-6, beating UMKC back on Feb. 2 for their only win.


WIU is led offensively by Amanda Walker, who is scoring 10.6 points per game, while Ashley Lord averages 5.9 rebounds. Walker and Nicole Myers, meanwhile, have combined to grab 226 rebounds.


IUPUI is 3-3 in its last six games, defeating IPFW, Southern Utah and North Dakota State. The Jaguars lost their last contest to No. 20 South Dakota State 64-48, but was led by Julia Whitted, who scored 14 points.


Topping the IUPUI offense is Jernisha Cann, who scores 14.3 points a game, while Whitted is second with 13.8 points. Cann is also the leading rebounding with 11 a game, while Whitted has blocked 65 shots and has 204 rebounds.


Both games can be heard on 91.3 KSCL in Shreveport/Bossier and on with the pregame show starting 15 minutes prior to tip-off.