Jacks to battle Ladies of Centenary

Zach Perry

Zach Perry

The 2008-09 season has started off great for the Jackrabbit women’s basketball team, with a 6-1 overall record.

SDSU has already accumulated wins over major-conference teams such as Missouri, Utah, Oregon, Wisconsin and Illinois. Overall, the Jacks have the best non-conference record in the Summit with the only blemish being a 12-point loss to No. 10 Maryland in Cancun, Mexico.

SDSU will look to use the momentum from those early season victories to propel them to a win in their first Summit League game of the season on Dec. 4 against the Centenary College Ladies of Shreveport, La. The game will be played in Frost Arena at 5 p.m.

Even after a fast start including a 2-1 record in the Cancun Challenge, the Jacks are still seeking to find consistency, especially on offense.

So far this season, several different players have been able to step up for the Jackrabbits when called upon. In seven games, the Jacks have been led in scoring by six different players.

The Jackrabbits would like to find more stability in the scoring department, but this does show that on any given night any player on the roster can step up and deliver.

Jennifer Warkenthien has been the most consistent player offensively and has led SDSU in scoring in three games (Missouri, Maryland and Montana).

Warkenthien is averaging 12 points and just under nine rebounds per game and is coming off a 21-point, 18-rebound performance against Montana.

The Jacks have the chance to score early and often in this one, as the Ladies have given up an average of 74 points per game this season. SDSU will most likely continue to use their depth and should be able to create match-up problems for the Centenary defense.

Centenary (1-5) returns almost their entire roster from last year. Unfortunately for the Ladies, last year’s team went 4-25 overall, 1-17 in the Summit League and was 0-15 on the road.

Centenary finished in last place in the Summit League last season and has been picked to do so again this year in the league’s preseason poll.

The Ladies have been led offensively by sophomore center Anne Farrell and freshman guard Chelsea Johnson who are both averaging over 11 points per game. Farrell also averages just under 10 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Ashley Jackson led Centenary with 19 points in their last game – a 57-50 loss to Northwestern State (La.).

The Ladies will have their work cut out for them in this one.

Finding enough offense may be a problem for Centenary, as the Ladies have not shot the ball well this season – shooting just over 34 percent from the field as a team.

Last season, SDSU went 2-0 against Centenary and out-scored them by a combined 172-98, including a 105-47 Jackrabbit victory in Frost Arena. The 105 points were the most given up by the Ladies during the 2007-08 season.

The game against Centenary will be the first of two Summit League games for the Jackrabbits this week. SDSU will play Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Frost Arena on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Last year, ORU won the Summit League in 2007.