Ladies Basketball Unveils 2011-12 Schedule
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's basketball program has released its 2011-12 schedule highlighted by 25 contests, 12 home games and a hefty home slate in January, announced Tuesday.

As Centenary enters its first year in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference, second-year head coach Kristen Davis focused on stout preparation to help strengthen her young squad as the team prepares for 14 new ASC opponents, a familiar face in Northwestern State and last year's Southland Conference champion, McNeese State.

Centenary is slated to play four non-conference contests, one being an exhibition game. The Ladies will take on Southland Conference foes Southeastern, Northwestern State, McNeese State and Lamar outside of ASC play. Centenary will open the season with an exhibition game on Friday, November 11 at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. It will then follow up with Centenary's all-time rival, I-49 foe, Northwestern State on Tuesday, November 15 in Natchitoches. In late December, Centenary will host 2010-11 Southland Conference champion, McNeese State, in the Gold Dome on Monday, December 19. The team will wrap up its non-conference portion of the schedule with a trip to Beaumont, Texas to take on Lamar on Friday, December 30.

"The American Southwest Conference is very competitive. I wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to prepare for our conference play. Also, three out of the four non-conference games are against Louisiana schools. Over half of our players are from Louisiana, so I want to keep the in-state competition and rivalries going," said Davis.

Head coach Kristen Davis will once again return to her alma mater to take on Northwestern State scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Natchitoches. Davis and assistant coach Layne Huckabay both served as assistant coaches on the Lady Demon basketball staff prior to joining the staff at Centenary.

It seem like the Ladies have a well-balanced mix of home and away games this season, despite the entire month of November being on the road. Following the trips to Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State, Centenary will open ASC play at UT-Dallas on Dec. 19, followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor on Dec. 26, and Concordia (Texas) on Dec. 28.

"Road games are always difficult and we will have a very young team. I think our returning players will be the key in helping prepare the newcomers on what it takes to pick up wins on the road," said Davis.

Centenary will open December in the Gold Dome when it hosts Texas Lutheran on Thursday, Dec. 1, followed by Schreiner on Saturday, Dec. 3. January marks an impressive home slate scheduled for the Ladies as the team will play in front of a home crowd seven of the nine January contests, including back-to-back weeks of five straight games. The schedule will consist of Sul Ross State (Jan. 5), Howard Payne (Jan. 7), ETBU (Jan. 9), Mississippi College (Jan. 12), Louisiana College (Jan. 14), UT-Dallas (Jan. 26) and Univ. of the Ozarks (Jan. 28). Centenary will wind down its home slate in February with two games, featuring LeTourneau (Feb. 9) and UT-Tyler (Feb. 11).

"January will be very busy but a crucial time for us. It will be extremely important for us to take advantage of that many games at home," said Davis.

Centenary will play 22 ASC contests, 11 at home and 11 on the road. The American Southwest Conference is made up of 16 schools, separated by East and West divisions. Centenary, a member of the East division will compete against its division rivals at home and on the road, while battling the members of the West division once on the road or at home. All conference games are slated for double-headers with the Gents basketball team.

"We know we're the new kids in the ASC; however, we want to make an impact and set the tone for how our team will grow and compete in the conference," said Davis.

"Our strategy doesn't really change much. We still have to work and prepare everyday at practice. With a young team, we can't afford to have a bad day at practice. We want to finish strong in the ASC standings, and to do that we'll have to put in the work and time and effort."