Centenary Women’s Basketball Embarks on new era with familiar face
Friday, November 13, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. –The Centenary Ladies women’s basketball team welcomes a new era with a familiar face when it kicks off the 2015-16 season.

Justin LeBlanc, who helped guide the men’s basketball team as an assistant basketball coach the past five seasons, was named the Ladies new coach for the upcoming season.

“I am very excited to get the season started this week,” stated LeBlanc. “Our players have been working very hard in practice, and I'm sure they are ready to go against someone else. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are looking forward to using these early non-conference games to get us where we need to be for when SCAC play rolls around.” 

Among the returners for Centenary include senior forward Briana Edwards (Shreveport, La./Northwestern State). She received Honorable Mention All-Conference status by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference her first three seasons for the Ladies – one of only two SCAC seniors who have received All-Conference honors each of the last three years.

The River City native enters the season ranked third in career rebounds (720) and 10th in career points (693) at Centenary. She needs just 78 rebounds to break the career record.  Edwards finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and 36th in the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game, one of 53 players in the country returning this season who averaged a double-double in 2014-15. She also broke the 32-year old Centenary record for rebounds in a game with 26 boards against LSU-Shreveport December 9, 2014.

Joining Edwards on the All-Conference squad last season among returners for the Ladies is senior forward Rebecca Thompson (Benton, La./Benton HS). Starting all 24 games played in 2014-15, Thompson finished second on the team in both points (9.1) and rebounds (6.7) per game.

The Ladies also return junior guard DeiAnna Hall (Monroe, La./Neville HS), leading the team in both assists (45) and steals (34). She accomplished this feat despite not appearing in four games for the Maroon and White.

Centenary boasts eight newcomers for the upcoming season, including transfers in sophomore guard Samantha Lyons (Iota, La./LSU Shreveport) and junior guard Peyton Hurst (Carrollton, Texas/Hendrix). The five players who will see their collegiate time this season includes guard Erin Temple (New Orleans, La./Cabrini HS), Jasmine Morris (New Orleans, La./Destrehan HS), Savanah Doty (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet HS), Sheridan Smith (Lake Charles, La./Grand Lake HS) and Courtney Mills (Arcadia, La./Arcadia HS).

“I am very excited and proud of this year’s incoming class. My staff and I are ready to begin helping these young women reach their full potential both on and off the court,” said LeBlanc. “We have already addressed a number of things with this group in regards to talent, speed, athleticism, and character. We believe great things are ahead for Ladies Basketball.

 

“We are committed to building our program into one that will compete at a championship level. By attracting some of the best players in our region, we believe we are headed in that direction.

The Ladies were selected eighth in the SCAC preseason poll with seven points. Trinity narrowly took the top spot with 46 points and five first place votes. Texas Lutheran, Schreiner and Austin College all received a first place vote.

SCAC Preseason Poll (First-Place votes):

1

Trinity (5)

46

 

2

Texas Lutheran (1)

42

 

3

Schreiner (1)

37

 

4

Austin College (1)

29

 

5

Dallas

24

 

6

Southwestern

22

 

7

Colorado College

17

 

8

Centenary

7