PREVIEW: Ladies Host Oral Roberts
Thursday, January 21, 2010

LAST TIME OUT
MACOMB, Ill.-The Centenary women's basketball team played a much improved game, but in the end, couldn't hang onto its early lead, falling 63-47 to Western Illinois on Monday evening in Summit League play. The Ladies (1-18, 0-8) came out strong, but was challenged by the Fighting Leathernecks' (6-12, 2-5 Summit) offense in the second half, dropping its eighth straight league contest. Junior Ashley Jackson and senior Bethany Joseph each led with 15 points.

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Offensively, the Ladies average 45.4 points per game, while allowing 73.7 ppg. Centenary is shooting just .321 (291-906) from the floor and dishing off 9.0 assists. The key struggle for the Ladies is their 26.1 turnovers a game. Through 19 games, junior Ashley Jackson is the only player scoring in double figures with 10.7 ppg. Senior Bethany Joseph adds 8.8 ppg, while junior Anne Farrell chips in with 7.5 ppg respectively.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Defensively, Centenary averages 6.3 steals per game and pulls down 31.9 rebounds a contest. The Ladies have also tallied 54 blocks this season led by Jackson with 28. Farrell paces Centenary with a team-high 6.6 rpg, while Jackson contributes with 6.3 rpg and has a team-best 29 steals through 19 games.

STILL SEARCHING
The Ladies are still searching for its first home win of the season. With an 0-7 stint in the Gold Dome, Centenary will play its next three contest in front of its home crowd.

DOUBLE-TIME
Scoring leader Jackson and Joseph each played all 40 minutes of last week's contest against Western Illinois, while each scoring 15 points. The two combined for 9-of-20 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe as well as four of the eight steals.

TURNOVERS TO A LOW
Despite falling at Western Illinois, the Ladies were able to hold its turnover total to a season-low 15 as their previous low was 21 against SE Louisiana on November 28.

FARRELL ON BOARD AT 500
Farrell is working her way up the record books each game. The junior center has broken into the top three all-time. In her last game, Farrell tallied six rebounds for 126 this season. With 538, she is 17 away from the second place spot with 555 by Zebber Satcher.

FOREST TAKES OVER TOP SPOT
Senior Leslie Forest is now Centenary's all-time leader in blocks with 84 all time. In nine games this season, Forest has tallied eight blocks.

SCOUTING ORAL ROBERTS
Oral Roberts will enter Saturday's contest with a 12-7 overall record and a 6-2 tilt in league play. The Golden Eagles are riding a three-game win streak with its last win coming in an 85-60 win at IUPUI on January 18. Oral Roberts has dropped league contests to North Dakota State (66-68) and IPFW (72-74), but holds a 6-5 overall road record and a 3-1 league record away from their home court.

As a team, the Golden Grizzlies are averaging an astounding 83.7 ppg, while pulling down 40.7 rebounds a game. Kevi Luper leads the team with 24.6 ppg. Jaci Bigham chips in with 17.6 ppg and Janae Voelker adds 11.7 ppg to the mix. Voelker pulls down a team-best 8.6 rpg.

SERIES VS ORAL ROBERTS
Centenary and Oral Roberts will meet for the 13th time in history on Saturday. Since the 2004 season, the Golden Eagles have owned the Ladies with an 11-1 record. The only win came in the squad's last meeting on January 31, 2009 in the Gold Dome. Centenary took a 67-56 win over Oral Roberts led by Jospeh with 17 points and Jackson with 16. Farrell had a team-best nine rebounds. For the Golden Eagles, Voelker finished with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

NEXT UP
Centenary will return to play on Saturday, January 30 when it hosts North Dakota State at 2:00 pm in the Gold Dome for Homecoming 2010.