PREVIEW: Ladies Host ORU in 'Think Pink' Game on Saturday
Thursday, February 17, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball team is gearing up for its "Think Pink" game against Summit League travel partner, Oral Roberts. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday in the Gold Dome, for the Ladies only game of the weekend.

Seniors Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell, along with freshman Kat Vidovic performed well on the Ladies last road weekend. Jackson and Farrell each recorded a double-double at Southern Utah, while Vidovic led the team in scoring with 29 points on the road over two contests. Unfortunately, the Ladies dropped both contests to League foes, UMKC and Southern Utah. The Ladies fell to 0-22 (0-15 Summit) on the season.

Along with numerous other schools and companies, Centenary and the women's basketball team is teaming up with WBCA and supporting "Think Pink" week on Saturday. The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The window set aside for this year's initiative is February 11-20. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Although the Centenary Ladies have dropped all of its games so far this season, the team has come quite close to pulling off a victory in two recent games, one against North Dakota State, and one at Southern Utah this past weekend. The Ladies challenged both teams significantly, suffering losses of only nine and 10 points. If this surge continues, the Ladies, who are moving to the Division III American Southwest Conference, might secure some last Division I wins before the season is up.

Seniors Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson played their lights out on Monday night at Southern Utah, both recording double-doubles on the night. Farrell put away 13 points along with 10 rebounds for the Ladies. Jackson pulled down an impressive 15 boards, a career-high, and added 13 points to her name as well. Farrell notched her 4th double-double of the season and 14th of her career, while Jackson recorded her 6th of the season and 12th of her career.

Freshman Kat Vidovic began to come alive over the weekend as she scored 16 and 13 points for a weekend total of 29. Just one time this season has Vidovic scored over 16 points in a contest, with 18 at Southern Utah on January 15th of this year. Twenty-nine is the highest scoring point total in two consecutive games that Vidovic has tallied in her career. Along with her points, Vidovic recorded four rebounds, six assists, and three steals for an impressive weekend.

Over the course of the weekend, there were five 40-minute games recorded, along with a 39 and 36-minute game. Although head coach Kristen Davis has no choice but to play her athletes the majority of the game, her players that are playing a large number of minutes are playing well consistently. Freshman Kat Vidovic recorded two 40 minute- games, junior Megan Daniel tallied two, and senior Ashley Jackson played one full game. These three combined for 66 points, over half of the 117 total points for the Ladies over the weekend.

Regardless of having an unsuccessful season thus far in regard to wins and losses as a team, individually, many Ladies have secured multiple spots in the Summit League leader categories. Senior Ashley Jackson sits 5th in rebounds with 7.2 per game and 13th in total points. Senior Anne Farrell is 6th in rebounds, pulling down an average of 7.0 a game, 5th in field goal percentage at 50 percent, and 4th in offensive rebounds with 48, an average of 2.5 per game. Ne-Ne Cook, a sophomore, rests 5th in assists with 3.6 a game, 4th in steals with 2.0 per game, and 2nd in minutes played, having played 815 minutes, an average of 37 minutes per game. Lastly, junior Megan Daniel has made her way up to 5th in three-pointers made with 40 so far, or 1.8 a game, while being at the very top of the leader list in minutes played, playing 836 this season, or 38 a game.

An area of deficit that the Centenary women's basketball team has been outplayed in this season is in the paint. The Ladies have not outscored an opponent yet from down love. Rostering just two Ladies, Anne Farrell, and Sarah Weiler, over six-foot, both at 6-2, size may be an issue. At UMKC on Saturday, the Ladies were outscored by 26 (42-16) points under the basket. On Monday at Southern Utah, the Ladies fell by 20 (46-26) down low to the Thunderbirds.

Nine players have a spot on the Ladies' roster. One of them, Vashni Sharp-Moore, has been out due to a knee injury for the majority of the season. Although the Ladies have been able to retain a cohesive group of impressive players, this past weekend, the Ladies were outnumbered greatly by both opponents. Along with the obvious giving players a break, comes a variety of chances per player to score. UMKC played 14 players on Saturday. Thirteen of the 14 would secure a bucket. Southern Utah gave 14 Thunderbirds game time on Monday, while 11 would tally points on the night. Only six Ladies would score in each game.

Senior Ashley Jackson has reached a milestone that only four Ladies in history have met, the 1,000 point mark. The Shreveport native, scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 15 against Southern Utah in the Gold Dome. Jackson tallied 16 points in that game for exactly 1,000 points. She currently is second all-time with 1,100 points to her name.
Leading the way all-time is Alexis Pettway with 1,416.

Senior Anne Farrell sits second all-time in rebounds with 690 in four years played. Alexis Pettway's 797 rebounds lead the way all-time. Farrell's career-high in rebounds came this season in the opener at Sam Houston State where she grabbed 17 boards. Behind her all-time is senior teammate Ashley Jackson with 599 rebounds. Jackson sits third in the record books and had a career-best 15 against Southern Utah on Monday.

Feature story written by Centenary SID, Allison McClain about Ashley Jackson's family scoring tradition was picked up as a headline story on on Jan. 28, 2011. The story highlight's Jackson's 1,000 career points and her mother and father, who both hold ranks as Centenary basketball Hall of Famers. Her father, Willie is currently the all-time leading scorer at Centenary with 2,535 points over Robert Parish.

The Ladies will host just two more games to wrap up the 2010-11 season. Centenary is currently 0-13 on the road this season and 0-9 at home. The last time Centenary won a game came back on Feb.15, 2010 when IUPUI came to Shreveport. The Ladies earned a 67-57 win over the Jaguars.

Senior Day for the seniors of the Centenary women's basketball team will take place February 26th, when the Ladies host the Jaguars of IUPUI. Seniors Anne Farrell, Ashley Jackson, and Sarah Weiler will be recognized and congratulated.

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.

Oral Roberts is currently 17-9 overall and 13-2 against league opponents. The Golden Eagles are coming off of two losses against Southern Utah (93-101) and UMKC (77-81). Previously this season, Oral Roberts beat both Southern Utah and UMKC by double figures.

Leading the way for the Golden Eagles Kevi Luper, starting all 26 games and averaging 23.8 ppg and 23.7 ppg in conference alone. Luper also leads the Summit League in scoring and was named Pre-Season Player of the Year after earning the honor a year ago She is followed by Jordan Pyle, who has also started all 26 games and is averaging 15.8 ppg and 16.5 ppg in conference.

Centenary and Oral Roberts will meet for the second time this season and the 16th time in the school's history. The Golden Eagles own a 14-1 mark over the Ladies, including a 92-55 win over Centenary on Jan. 22, 2011 of this season. In that game Anne Farrell led the team with 16 points for Centenary.

The Centenary-Oral Roberts game will be available via live stats and live streaming on

The Ladies have only two games left in the 2010-11 season. The last two games will take place at home in the Gold Dome. Centenary is scheduled to take on IUPUI on the 26th at 2 pm and Western Illinois on the 28th for the final tip-off of the season, beginning at 7 pm.