PREVIEW: Ladies Set to Host SUU, UMKC
Thursday, January 13, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team prepares for its fourth weekend of Summit League action as they are set to take on Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm in the Gold Dome, followed by a Monday evening contest at 7 pm against UMKC.

The Ladies fell short to Summit League opponent South Dakota State on Monday evening in Brookings, SD. Centenary (0-13, 0-6 Summit) suffered an 89-37 loss to the Jackrabbits. Senior Ashley Jackson continued to show well however, recording her fifth double-double of the season and 11th of her career, scoring18 points and bringing down 12 rebounds.

Ashley Jackson's connection to Centenary basketball is no secret to the 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 (Jackson) 876 career points in the all-time points category this season. Jackson currently has scored 984 career points and is 16 away from reaching the 1,000 point mark and 22 points away from breaking into the Top 3 all-time.

Junior Megan Daniel not only reigns behind the three-point line, but also in other aspects of the game. Daniel took over as point guard in the South Dakota State game and proved to be a ball-handler as well. Daniel continued to make her characteristic three-pointers, however as the number one on the floor, she did not commit one turnover in all 40 minutes of play.

A freshman from Garland, Texas, Tandrea Shamblin began to make a name for herself on Monday evening at South Dakota State as she recorded a career high five rebounds on the night. Shamblin recorded only 16 minutes in Brookings, however she made an obvious impact in just a short amount of minutes played.

Although the Ladies have yet to record a Summit League win this season, individuals on the team have proven themselves in multiple columns as Summit League leaders. Ashley Jackson sits in second in offensive rebounds per game with 2.9 a game. Senior Anne Farrell is ranked fifth in rebounds per game with 7.7 followed by Jackson at sixth with 7.6. Sophomore Ne-Ne Cook holds the number three spot in assists per game averaging 3.9.

Daniel, like all season long, continues to out-perform most from behind the three-point line. Megan is ranked third in the Summit League in three-point field goals per game, averaging 2.2. In her two most recent games against the Dakotas, Daniel shot an impressive 7-of-12 from behind the arc for 58 percent.

Megan Daniel and Ne-Ne Cook continue to rack in the minutes this season as they both have played 40 minutes in seven games apiece. Playing with an active roster of just eight 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.

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Southern Utah is currently 9-7 overall and 3-2 in league play, but is looking to snap a two-game skid, which included a 73-66 Summit League loss at UMKC last week. The Thunderbirds had won seven straight before losing to Gonzaga on Jan. 3.

SUU's five starters have remained the same all season long as Challis Pascucci paces the team with 17.5 ppg and 8.0 rebounds a game. Following her in scoring is Caitlyn Sears with 15.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg.

Centenary and Southern Utah will meet for the 15th time in school history on Saturday. The Thunderbirds currently own a 10-4 record over the Ladies. SUU has won the last four meetings. The last win for Centenary came back on Feb. 23, 2008 in a 58-52 victory.

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Following Saturday's contest with Southern Utah, the Ladies will take on UMKC at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.