PREVIEW: Ladies to Face League-Leading ORU, Saturday
Thursday, January 20, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team is set to take on league-leader, ORU, on Saturday at 2:05 pm in Tulsa, Okla.

LAST TIME OUT
The Centenary women's basketball team took a hard fall against Summit League opponent UMKC on Martin Luther King Day, January 17th. The Ladies (0-15, 0-8 Summit) fell by 49 to the Kangaroos, getting outscored by 49 (98-49). Although Centenary played poorly as a team, freshman Kat Vidovic and senior Ashley Jackson continued to make individual impacts. Vidovic would score in double figures for her second game in a row with 10 points along with snatching five steals, while Jackson would lead in scoring with 17 points to her name.

JACKSON JOINS ELITE FOUR IN 1,000 PT CLUB
With one minute remaining in the contest against Southern Utah (1.15.11), senior Ashley Jackson of the Centenary women's basketball team scored her 1,000th career point, becoming just the fourth member in Ladies basketball history to reach this milestone. The four-year letterwinner has scored 1,117 points in her career, just 22 points from taking over second all-time as she sits in third all-time.

FOUR FOR 40
The Centenary Ladies have learned to cope and play with a small roster throughout this 2010-11 basketball season. Regardless of how much practice one has at it however, it is challenging to play a full 40-minute game. Ladies Kat Vidovic, Ne-Ne Cook, Megan Daniel, and Ashley Jackson each notched a complete game against UMKC in the Gold Dome on the 17th. Just two nights before, Vidovic, Cook, and Daniel played the entire game against Southern Utah. Daniel and Cook lead the team in full games played, each tied at nine. Vidovic has increased her minutes played drastically since the beginning of the season where she averaged only 14.1 minutes per game throughout the first seven games. Since then, she has averaged 35.4 minutes per game. Jackson, although playing only three 40-minute games this season, has managed to remain vital to the Ladies' success, scoring in double figures 11 times so far.

SECOND HALF STRUGGLES
Although the Centenary Ladies have improved in multiple areas according to statistics from past seasons, the squad continues to have difficulty in the shooting percentage column, especially in second halves of late. During the second half of the Southern Utah game, the Ladies showcased a low 28.6 percent from the floor, shooting only 8-of-28. Centenary's faults in the second half would carry over into the UMKC second half as well. The Ladies took 22 shots, making only three of them for a mere 13.6 percent to UMKC's 63.6 percent from the floor. A decent three-point shooting team normally, the Ladies would fire off five from behind the arc, making none. In the most recent games, the Ladies have scored more in the first halves with a margin of four against Southern Utah and of nine against UMKC.

READY FOR A REBOUND REMEDY
Centenary was out-rebounded by 31 against Southern Utah, pulling down 23 to SU's 54. The drought would continue onto Monday night with UMKC as the Ladies fell to UMKC's rebound effort by 23 (24-47). Regardless, Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell remain in 5th and 6th in the Summit League standings in rebound, both averaging 7.3 per game. Unfortunately, 21 rebounds between the two of them this past weekend was under par.

KAT CREATING CONSISTENCY
Freshman Kat Vidovic is starting to find her groove, scoring well above her average (5.6 ppg) in the past two contests. Vidovic capitalized on 18 points against Southern Utah on Saturday night and secured a solid 10 points on Monday night against UMKC. These double-figure games marked her second and third of the season with her first on November 30th against Northwestern State where she had 11. Vidovic also performed well on defense, creating five turnovers for five steals on Monday night. Kat's free throws have been flawless over the past two games, finishing with a perfect 7-of-7 on the nights.

FINDING THAT FREE THROWS ARE FUN
One area that the Ladies have found success in time and time again this season is behind the free throw line. Against Southern Utah, the Ladies shot an impressive 90 percent from behind the line, shooting 27-30. Centenary continued to remain successful after getting fouled on Monday night against UMKC, performing at 76 percent, shooting 19-of-25. Along with Kat Vidovic being perfect on the weekend, Ne-Ne Cook shot 11-of-14, Megan Daniel shot 2-of-2, Ashley Jackson shot 23-of-28, and Sarah Weiler shot 2-of-2.

BLOGGING ALL SEASON LONG
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 GoCentenary.com. All past blogs are archived on the homepage icon near the bottom of the screen. Check it out.

SCOUTING ORAL ROBERTS
Oral Roberts is currently 12-7 overall and 8-0 in league play as well and is on a seven game win streak. The Golden Eagles have not lost a game since December 22nd of this season in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Oklahoma State with a final score of 77-48.

Oral Roberts is coming off of its third three-digit scoring win this season on Monday against league foe Southern Utah totaling 115 points to SUU's 75. Three Golden Eagles are averaging double digits in the point column. The same three, Kevi Luper (23.3 ppg), Jordan Pyle (14.9 ppg), and Jaci Bigham (13.5 ppg), have started all 19 games so far this season. Luper also leads the Summit League in scoring and was named Pre-Season Player of the Year after earning the honor a year ago.

SERIES HISTORY
Centenary and Oral Roberts will meet for the 15th time in school history on Saturday. The Golden Eagles have walked away with a win under its belt 13 of the 14 previous meetings. The Ladies last win against the Golden Eagles occurred in the 2008-09 season on January 31st, 2009 in a 67-56 victory.

GAME COVERAGE
The Centenary-Oral Roberts game will be available for fans via live streaming and live stats on www.orugoldeneagles.com.

NEXT TIME OUT
Following Saturday's game against Oral Roberts, the Centenary women's basketball team will meet Oakland in Rochester, MI on the 29th, the following Saturday, for a 2:30 pm tip-off.