PREVIEW: Ladies Return Home for Four; Hosts ULL on Sunday at 2 pm
Thursday, December 9, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Back in town from a three road-game stint, the Centenary women's basketball team has returned home for the next four games. The Ladies will be in action in the Gold Dome for a 2 pm tip off against in-state rival University of Louisiana at Lafayette this Sunday afternoon.

The Ladies (0-6) opened up conference play against Summit League foes Western Illinois and IUPUI this past weekend. Although the Ladies played a close game at Western, IUPUI scouted well and took advantage of the Ladies' weaknesses.

Centenary put up a good fight in Game 1 of the weekend as the Ladies only fell by 13 (68-55) to the Fighting Leathernecks. Senior Ashley Jackson totaled 17 points on the night as the leading scorer. The Jaguars of IUPUI proved to be strong, defeating the Ladies 74-46 in a 23-point victory. IUPUI prevailed with 41 bench buckets to Centenary's three. Sophomore Vashni Sharp-Moore performed well all weekend, scoring 15 points at Western and 12 points at IUPUI.

Despite starting conference play with two losses under its belt, the Centenary women's basketball team is continuing to show improvements from the 2009-10 season. Throughout the first six games of the 2009-10 season, the Ladies were outscored by 212 total points. So far this season, the Ladies are at a 187 point difference, a 25 point improvement from last season. Also, the Ladies shot 42-of-76 from the free throw line in the first six games of the season for 55 percent. This time around, Centenary has improved tremendously, not only shooting 39 more (115-76) from the first six games last season as compared to this one, but at 64 percent, a nine percent improvement.

Sophomore Ne-Ne Cook has remained a consistent force for the Ladies throughout the first six games of the season. Cook joined the Ladies in the 2009-10 season, however she did not see much action, averaging only 9.2 minutes per game. This season, Cook is averaging 37.2 minutes per game. Playing an entire 40 minute game is trying, however Ne-Ne has performed above-par in three of them. She is only one of three Ladies who has started all six games so far. Ne-Ne has had four outstanding games with three 16-point games and one 18-point game, leading the Ladies in the scoring column with a 12.7 total point average.

From all over the court, senior Ashley Jackson has found a way to impact all aspects of the game. Not only is Jackson the second leading scorer for the Ladies, averaging a solid 11.3 points per game, but she is also tied for second on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.0 a game. Jackson, along with Cook and Daniel, has started all six games, playing the third most total minutes with 166 on the season. Ashley is coming off of an excellent weekend, scoring 17 points against Western Illinois and 10 points at IUPUI.

Junior Megan Daniel continues to showcase her skills as she has been promoted to a crucial part of the Ladies driving force. Like Cook, Daniel has upped her playing time drastically from last season. As a sophomore, Daniel averaged 19.9 minutes a game. This season, she averages a high 34.8 minutes per game. Megan has improved in the turnover column as well, committing only 17 thus far this season. Last season, Daniel turned the ball over a total of 56 times. With her minutes per game average sky rocketing from the 2009-10 season, Daniel's hard work in the off season is paying off.

Vashni Sharp-Moore, a sophomore from Shreveport, has been out of commission due to an injury, playing only three minutes at ULM and none at Northwestern State. Sharp-Moore was back in action at Western Illinois and at IUPUI, starting both and playing an impressive 31 minutes and 36 minutes for the Ladies. Proving to have healed, Vashni, standing at 5'5", led the Ladies in the rebound category at IUPUI, totaling eight on the night for a career-best.

After suffering from a mild concussion at the Northwestern State game, senior starting center Anne Farrell should be cleared to take the floor for Sunday's ULL tip-off. Farrell has been an impact player all four years at Centenary, earning notable recognition in multiple categories. Farrell has made the record books several times in the season and career columns. Anne, in a single season, is second in Field Goal Percentage with 8-of-10 in the 2008 season, tied for sixth in Field Goals Made with 11 in the 2007 season, is in ninth place in Free Throw Percentage shooting 10-of-12 for 83.3 percent in the 2009 season, and also resting at ninth in the Free Throw Made category, securing 10 in the 2009 season as well. Farrell has made a mark in 18 categories in the career-high columns, including rebounds, points a season, and free throws made. With Farrell back in the mix, a much needed spark is sure to enlighten on Sunday.

Although the Ladies have improved on turnovers committed per game since last season, the Ladies began to reminisce on last season this past weekend, committing season highs of 28 turnovers at Western Illinois and 31 turnovers in the IUPUI game.

After playing road games for the past three consecutive games, the Ladies will be playing in front of home crowds for the next four games as the Ladies are scheduled to host ULL on Sunday at 2 pm, Southeastern Louisiana on December 18th for a 2 pm tip-off, Oakland on December 29th starting at 5 pm, and IPFW on December 31st for a 5 pm game time before hitting the road again.

The Centenary women's basketball team looks to improve its Summit League record of 1-13 from the 2009-10 season. The Ladies only win came against league foe IUPUI in a ten point, 67-57, win in the Gold Dome.

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ULL will enter Sunday's contest with a 4-4 record and a 1-2 mark on the road this season. The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off a 67-57 win against Southeastern La. and have won their last three of four games.

ULL is led by Mercedes Johnson with a team-best 14.5 ppg, followed by Danyell Oliver with 10.4 ppg. Jasmine Barnes pulls down 5.6 rpg for a team-high.

Centenary and University of Louisiana at Lafayette have met six times in history. ULL leads the series, capturing the win all five of the six contests. The most recent time the two played one another was just last season in the Cajundome as the Ragin' Cajuns beat the Ladies in a 77-50 contest. Centenary's only win against ULL came on Nov. 23, 2008 in a 75-69 victory on the road.

The Centenary-ULL game will be streamed live online and provide live stats to any interested viewer on

Centenary will continue its home stand on Saturday, Dec. 18 as it host Southeastern La. in the Gold Dome at 2 pm.