PREVIEW: Ladies to Take on NDSU, SDSU on Road
Thursday, January 6, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team will return to Summit League play on Saturday at North Dakota State in a 5 pm CT contest, followed by a Monday evening game at South Dakota State at 7 pm.

Sophomore Jalena Sanders scored a career-best 16 points, but the inside dominance of McNeese was too much for the Centenary women's basketball team in a 88-52 non-conference loss on Monday evening in Lake Charles, La. The Ladies (0-11) were never able to build on its late first-half momentum, as McNeese (8-5) fired off 52 points in the paint.

Jalena Sanders got her fourth start of the season and scored a career-high 16 points at McNeese State on Monday evening. The forward was 7-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Sanders surpassed her previous high of 10 points which came at IPFW a year ago. Monday night's performance was just her second time in her short career to hit double-figures and first of the season.

Junior Megan Daniel and sophomore Ne-Ne Cook continue to rack in the minutes this season as they each played all 40 minutes again for Centenary at McNeese. Playing with an active roster of just seven at the moment, Kristen Davis has had to rely heavily on Daniel and Cook to set the pace of play and showcase a strong defensive effort from the top of the key. Cook has played all 40 minutes in six contests this season, while Daniel has played every minute of five games.

Centenary has three players averaging in double-figures on the season. Currently, Ashley Jackson leads the team with 12.3 ppg after her two strong performances a week ago, averaging a double-double against Oakland and IPFW. Anne Farrell follows with 11.9 ppg and a team-best 9.1 rpg, while sophomore Ne-Ne Cook adds 11.8 ppg and a team-leading 21 steals and 45 assists.

After having to sit the first eight games of the season due to a back injury, senior Sarah Weiler has stepped in and made a quick come back. The center is playing 21.3 minutes per game, including 31 minutes at McNeese State. Weiler is perfect from the free throw line with a 6-of-6 effort and is averaging 4.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg.

Ashley Jackson's connection to Centenary basketball is no secret to Ladies and Gents athletics as both her mother and father (Willy Jackson) are in the Hall of Fame. Jackson has passed her mother, Zebber Satcher's 876 career points in the all-time points category this season. Jackson currently has scored 960 career points and is 40 away from reach the 1,000 point mark and 46 points away from breaking into the Top 3 all-time.

Centenary had its solid stretch of four straight home contests, but continues on its road tour as it travels to the Dakotas. The Ladies met in-state McNeese State on Monday in Lake Charles, La. Of the 25 scheduled games, 13 will be played on the road.

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.

Be sure to follow head women's basketball coach Kristen Davis as she blogs all season long in "Full Court Press" w/ Coach K every Wednesday on All past blogs are archived on the homepage icon near the bottom of the screen. Check it out.

North Dakota State is 6-7 overall and 2-1 in Summit League play and is looking to snap a two-game skid. The Bison's last outing was an 80-51 fall at Iowa State on Tuesday. As a team, NDSU is scoring 68 ppg and is a perfect 3-0 at home.

Katie Birkel leads the team with 16.2 ppg, while Abby Plucker averages a double-double of 11.7 ppg and 10.0 rebounds per game for a team-high.

Centenary and NDSU will meet for the 7th time in school history as the Bison currently hold a 6-0 record over the Ladies since they first met back in 2007. Centenary dropped both games a year ago, but only in a six-point loss (67-61) in the Gold Dome on Jan. 30, 2010.
In that game, Ashley Jackson had 14 points for the Ladies and Sarah Weiler added 10, while Katie Birkel for NDSU scored 10.

The Centenary-NDSU game will be available for fans via live streaming and live stats on

Following Saturday's contest, Centenary will travel to South Dakota State to face the Jackrabbits on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm CT.