Women's Hoops looks to rebound in 2014-15
Thursday, November 13, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary women’s basketball team looks to rebound from a tough 2013-14 slate as they head into the 2014-15 campaign. Centenary opens its season with a pair of home outings against the University of Texas at Tyler on Nov. 15 followed by Louisiana College on Nov. 17

“We want to have a strong non-conference showing. We’ve got a tough non-conference schedule to help us prepare for conference play. Our juniors are going to be key. They’re going to play a lot of minutes and know they’ve got to be our leaders on and off the court.” said head coach Kristen Davis. “We want to concentrate on rebounding. We made it one of our goals this season to lead the SCAC in rebounds. Our shooting has also improved from last season and we all know that knocking down shots helps calm down your offense.”

The Ladies return nine players from last season’s squad including leading scorer and rebounder Briana Edwards, who averaged a double-double for the Maroon and White. Edwards averaged 10.4 points and 10.1 rebounds during the season and was the only player in the SCAC to average a double-double for the season.

“Briana has looked strong in practice and in our scrimmage,” Davis said. “She’s going to be a strong rebounder for us. We expect a lot from her this season and she knows that and has been accepting of the challenge.”

Joining Edwards among the top returners for the Ladies are Rebecca Thompson, Rhonda Martin, DeiAnna Hall and Linda Gomez Gil.

“DeiAnna, Linda and Ronda have all improved in their ball handling and shooting this season. DeiAnna had some problems last season, as a freshman, driving into trouble in the post and she has learned and improved from that last year,” said Davis. “Rebecca is back from illness and you can see signs of her improvement on the offensive and defensive end. She’s even seen some time at guard for us.”

Fifth-year, head coach Kristen Davis added depth to her primarily junior and sophomore laden squad with four new faces in Hannah Kimbrough, Kelsey Burtrum, Lexi Antoon and Jessica Bruti.

“We’ve brought in Kelsey Burtrum and Jessica Bruti to help out in the backcourt and Lexi Antoon who will provide assistance in the post,” Davis said. “Kelsey and Jessica will be able to get out on the wings on the knock down shots. Lexi is a true post. She likes to get in the post and bang around. She’s got no interest in the handling the ball too much. She’s going to be a good rebounding presence for us.”

Centenary was selected eighth in the SCAC in a vote by the conference’s head coaches. The Ladies received seven points as Texas Lutheran was tabbed tops in the league with six first place votes. Trinity was selected second with the remaining two first-placed nods.