The center of it all on Central Avenue

Posted on January 29, 2010

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The reason why Central Avenue is called Central Avenue was because of the land that was once owned by Col. N.M. Trezevant, because it was centrally located between Southern Avenue and Poplar.

Of course, the orgin of the name Central Avenue has nothing to do with the street having two successful women’s basketball teams.

At the corner of East Parkway South and Central Avenue, the Lady Bucs are 13-5 and third in the GSC West, after Tameka Wooten scored 21 points and Sheena Dubose added 15 in the Lady Bucs’ 71-64 victory over Southern Arkansas on Thursday night.  Junior guard Normanique Johnson also added 17 points of her own in the victory last night while Jasmine Ellis scored 11 and grabbed seven rebounds.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Bucs were ranked #8 in the NCAA Division II South Region, their first such ranking since 2003-04, when they last made the NCAA Tournament. Also ranked from the GSC West was Delta State (#2) and Arkansas Tech which will be heading to Canale Arena on Saturday weather permitting.

I really can’t say for a fact the Lady Bucs are a surprise team because from how they started the season, it was no secret that they were going to be a pretty good team. However once they beat Ouachita on January 14th, which was a team that last year played for a national championship, then I figured that this team was good enough to contend for the conference championship. Thankfully Delta State and Arkansas Tech makes a trip to Canale Arena and I firmly believe that the Lady Bucs can win probably both games, if not one to improve their seeding for the GSC Tournament.

Five minutes to the east on Central, the Lady Tigers, is doing something that hasn’t been done in a long time, being in first place in Conference USA, this after picking up their first victory over Marshall 24 hours after the Tigers’ men beat the Herd. In the victory, Brittney Carter had 16 points while Alex Winchell scored 12 points, all of them 3-pointers. The Lady Tigers are now 5-1 in Conference USA play and play next against East Carolina before returning home to face UAB at Elma Roane Fieldhouse next Sunday.

So for the first time in ages, Central Avenue, the street more known for the rent-to-own place and historic homes, is now gaining notoreity for another thing.

Good women’s basketball.