PREVIEW: Ladies Take On SDSU
Monday, February 1, 2010

The Centenary women's basketball team will host South Dakota State on Monday at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome in Summit League play.

LAST TIME OUT
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team finished with its best home performance of the year, but fell to North Dakota State, 67-61, in the final minutes of play on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies (1-20, 0-10) were led by four players in double-figures as junior Ashley Jackson had a team-best 14 points. Senior Bethany Joseph and freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore added 12, while junior Sarah Weiler chipped in with 10 points.

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Offensively, the Ladies average 47.0 points per game, while allowing 74.4 ppg. Centenary is shooting just .330 (333-1108) from the floor and dishing off 9.5 assists. The key struggle for the Ladies is their 26.0 turnovers a game. Through 21 games, junior Ashley Jackson is the only player scoring in double figures with 11.0 ppg. Senior Bethany Joseph adds 8.9 ppg, while junior Anne Farrell chips in with 7.5 ppg respectively.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Defensively, Centenary averages 6.2 steals per game and pulls down 32.2 rebounds a contest. The Ladies have also tallied 60 blocks this season led by Jackson with 29. Farrell paces Centenary with a team-high 6.4 rpg, while Jackson contributes with 6.2 rpg and has a team-best 30 steals through 21 games.

DOUBLING UP
Centenary had four players finish in double-figure scoring on Saturday in the six-point loss (67-61) to North Dakota State. Jackson led with 14 points, while freshman Vashni Sharp-Moore and Joseph each added 12 and junior Sarah Weiler finished with 10. Their offensive performances gave the Ladies a 30-25 lead at halftime, which marked just the second game all season that Centenary led at the break.

NEW FACES PERFORM
The Ladies' Vashni Sharp-Moore got her first start of the season, while Sarah Weiler saw action as a starter for the second time this season. The duo combined for 22 points as Moore had 12 and Weiler had 10. Moore also played all 40 minutes, pulled down five rebounds and had three steals and three assists. Weiler played 37 minutes, had two rebounds, one block, one assist, and one steal.

STILL SEARCHING
The Ladies are still searching for its first home win of the season. With an 0-9 stint in the Gold Dome, Centenary will play just three more contest in front of a home crowd.

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. Farrell has tallied 135 blocks this season. With 547, she is 8 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 87 all time. In 11 games this season, Forest has tallied 12 blocks. Forest had a season-high three blocks against North Dakota State on January 30.

SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State meets Centenary after dropping its Saturday contest to Oral Roberts, 75-86. The Jackrabbits hold an 11-9 overall record and a 7-3 record in the Summit League. Last year's league champions are averaging 70.9 ppg and pulling down 37 rebounds.

Maria Boever leads the Jackrabbits with 13.4 ppg and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. Kristin Rotert adds 11.8 ppg, while Ketty Cornemann chips in with 10.9 a game.

SERIES VS SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State and Centenary will play for the sixth time in history on Monday as the Jackrabbits own a 5-0 series record. The first met back in 2007 and had their last meeting earlier this year on January 2 in Brookings, SD, where the Jackrabbits handed the Ladies a 82-35 loss. Senior Michaela Berg led Centenary with eight points, while Kristin Rotert had a game-best 15 points for SDSU.

NEXT UP
Following its game with South Dakota State on Monday, Centenary will travel to IPFW on Saturday, February 6 for a 12:30 pm (CT) start before playing Oakland on Monday at 5:30 pm (CT).