Full Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team
MACON, Ga. - For the third consecutive season FGCU earns the top women's basketball honor in the Atlantic Sun Conference as Whitney Knight was voted the Player of the Year by the league's coaches on Wednesday.
Knight earns her first A-Sun Player of the Year honor after Sarah Hansen (2013, 2014) won the previous honors for FGCU. The junior also was tabbed a unanimous selection to the first team all-conference. It's her second first team honor to go along with All-Freshman honors in 2011-12 season.
Head Coach Karl Smesko landed the A-Sun Coach of the Year honor after guiding FGCU to an undefeated conference season and a No. 20 ranking in the AP Top-25 poll. It marks the sixth time overall, and fifth consecutive season, that Smesko earned the award. The Eagles are riding a 22-game winning streak into the upcoming A-Sun championship.
Stetson's Amber Porter was voted the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. Porter becomes the first Stetson player to earn the accolade since the award began in 2004-05 season. She adds this award to her 2013-14 A-Sun Freshman of the Year honor. Porter also was named to the first team all-conference for a second straight season.
Jacksonville's Kayla Gordon was voted the A-Sun Freshman of the Year after picking up a record six Newcomer of the Week awards. Gordon led all freshman in scoring and rebounding this season. Her 7.0 rebounds per game ranked her eighth in the league. She ranked second in field goal percentage at 51.4 percent. Kennesaw State's Jasmine McAllister was voted the A-Sun Newcomer of the Year after taking the league by storm this season. McAllister averaged 13.6 PPG and 10.4 RPG, one of only two league players to average a double-double. She recorded 14 double-doubles this season and tied Gordon with six Newcomer of the Week awards, a new league record. She becomes first Owl to win an individual honor since Greteya Kelley won Defensive Player of Year in 2007-08 season.
Read more on the First Team All-Conference below:
Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Whitney Knight, FGCU*: The 2015 A-Sun Player, Knight led the league in scoring with 15.1 PPG as the Eagles soared into the top-25 for the first time in program history. Knight led the league in three-pointers made with 81 and three-point percentage at 44.8 percent. She also averaged 2.6 blocks per game to tie for league-high honors in the A-Sun. FGCU finished the regular season undefeated for the third time in the last four seasons.
- Kaneisha Atwater, FGCU: Atwater, in her second season with the Eagles, produced five games of 20 or more points, including two 30-point outings. She set FGCU's single-game Division I era record with 33 points against Providence. The junior shot 45.4 percent from the floor this season. She added 4.5 RPG and totaled 52 steals, which ranks third in the A-Sun this season.
- Myeisha Hall, Stetson: The senior guard was a model of consistency for the Hatters this season as Hall started 28 games and scored in double figures 22 times. She averaged 14.6 PPG in A-Sun play and ranks second in the league in three-pointers made per game at 2.1 Hall had three games of 20 or more points scored. She added 5.2 RPG and 2.2 APG this season, good for 12th in the A-Sun in both categories.
- Amber Porter, Stetson: Porter lands on the first team all-conference for the second consecutive season. Ranked in the top-10 in several league statistical categories like rebounding (7th), field goal percentage (5th) and blocks per game (t-1st). She posted six double-doubles this year while scoring 20 or more points on four occasions. Currently ranks 10th in A-Sun history with 196 total blocks.
- Jama Sharp, Stetson: Second consecutive season voted to first team all-conference. Sharp started all 28 games this season for Hatters, scoring in double figures 24 times this season. She ranks fifth in scoring in the A-Sun at 14.1 PPG. Surpassed the 1,000 career point mark during the season. Sharp leads the league in steals per game and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 3.2 SPG. She also ranks second in the league in assists per game (4.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).
Atlantic Sun All-Conference Second Team
- Jasmine McAllister, Kennesaw State
- Danay Fothergill, Lipscomb
- Melody Doss, Northern Kentucky
- Christine Roush, Northern Kentucky
- Brittany Starling, USC Upstate
Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen Team
- Kayla Gordon, Jacksonville*
- Emily Eubank, Lipscomb*
- Taylor Gradinjan, FGCU
- Brandi Buie, Jacksonville
- Sarah Sagerer, Stetson