Saunders Named @ASUNWBB Player of Year; Hatters Earn Three Honors

Saunders Named @ASUNWBB Player of Year; Hatters Earn Three Honors


Full ASUN All-Conference Team

LakePoint, Ga. - Stetson picked up three of the top ASUN Conference Women's Basketball superlative honors, announced by the league at this year's Awards luncheon on campus sites. Brianti Saunders was named ASUN Player of the Year for the first time in her storied career. 

The Hilliard, Fla. native becomes just the third Hatter, and first since Victoria McGowan in 2012, to be voted Player of the Year. She led her team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and over the course of the season became the school's all-time leading in scorer in both men's and women's basketball. She is only the seventh player in ASUN history to surpass 1,900 career points, and is shooting 93.4 percent from the foul line (114-122). It marks her second-straight First Team All-Conference selection. She was joined on the First Team by teammate Sarah Sagerer, who picked up her first All-Conference selection.  

Sagerer also collected ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league in blocked shots and becoming a big threat in the paint for the Hatters. Her 90 total blocks this season are the 10th-most in single-season ASUN history. She ranks among the top-10 nationally in both total blocks and blocks per game. After guiding the Hatters to their first ASUN Regular Season title, Lynn Bria took home her second career ASUN Coach of the Year honor. She becomes the first Hatter head coach to be recognized with the honor, after receiving the award while at UCF in 1999 previously. Stetson enters the ASUN Championship as the top seed after posting a 13-1 conference record, 24-5 overall. 

The ASUN Newcomer of the Year honor went to Rosemarie Julien from FGCU. Julien made an instant impact in her first season with the Eagles. She leads the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game. She finished among the top-10 in eight different categories in the league. In her first ASUN conference game, Julien posted 36 points, the most of any ASUN player in a game this year.

Making a huge impact with another program was the ASUN Freshman of the Year, Carlotta Gianolla from Kennesaw State. The Marcon, Italy native had to wait her time after suffering an injury in the opening game of the season. But once conference play came around, the Italian forward made her presence known leading all ASUN freshmen with 14.1 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. She closed out the season with back-to-back 20-point games and owns six double-doubles in her first season with the Owls.  

ASUN Women's Basketball First Team All-Conference:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Brianti Saunders, Stetson*:
 The 2017 ASUN Player of the Year led the Hatters in scoring at 15.7 PPG, second in the league this season. She was named ASUN Player of the Week on three occasions, and is one of only seven ASUN Women's Basketball players in history to surpass the 1,900 career point mark. She ranks second in the nation in free-throw shooting at 93.8 percent and has scored in double-figures in over 25 games this season. She tallied ten 20-point games for the Hatters this year. 

- Rosemarie Julien, FGCU*: The ASUN Newcomer of the Year made an instant impact with the Eagles on both ends of the floor. She led FGCU in scoring with 11.2 points per game, while also guarding some of the top perimeter players night in and night out. She ranked fifth in the ASUN shooting 48.2 percent from the floor.

- Sherranda Reddick, Jacksonville*: A two-time First Team All-Confernece honoree, Reddick led the ASUN in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She posted a league-high 11 games of 20 or more points in 2016-17. Reddick connected on 90 three-pointers this season, tops in the ASUN and also led the league shooting 41.5 percent from behind the arc. She becomes only the second Dolphin to earn First Team All-Conference honors twice in her career.  

- Christin Mercer, Jacksonville: Mercer earns First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in her Dolphin career, after picking up Second Team honors last season. She was Jacksonville's second leading scorer at 12.9 PPG and scored in double figures in 24 of 29 games this season. Mercer ranked in the top-10 in field goal percentage at 46.6 percent this season. Mercer also averaged 5.4 rebounds per game, second on the Dolphins team. 

- Sarah Sagerer, Stetson: Sagerer collects First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in her career, after being named to the All-Freshman team back in 2015. The Austrian native ranks sixth in the NCAA with 90 blocks this season. She also improved on the offensive end, averaging 11.7 points per game, becoming a low-post threat for the regular season champion Hatters. She finished the season with 10 double-doubles, including tying her career-high with 18 rebounds in the final regular season contest at FGCU.  

ASUN Women's Basketball Second Team All-Conference
- Jordin Alexander, FGCU
- Brandi Buie, Jacksonville
- Deandrea Sawyers, Kennesaw State
- Raven Jefferson, USC Upstate
- Breana Bey, Stetson

ASUN Women's Basketball All-Freshman Team
- Carlotta Gianolla, Kennesaw State*
- Tytionia Adderly, FGCU*
- Danielle Tunstall, NJIT*
- Riley Popplewell, USC Upstate*
- Adrienne Jackson, North Florida

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