LakePoint, Ga. - After winning last year's ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Championship title, FGCU was picked to repeat by the league's head coaches in the 2017-18. The Eagles garnered six first-place votes among the head coaches in the league, while also being selected first in the media poll, announced Wednesday by the league office.
FGCU totaled 62 points in the coaches poll to lead the way, while Jacksonville earned the final two first-place votes and finished in second place. Last year's regular season champions Stetson came in just one point behind the Dolphins in the coaches poll. Kennesaw State and North Florida were picked fourth and fifth, respectively, while NJIT, USC Upstate and Lipscomb rounded out the coaches poll selections. In the media poll, the results finished in similar fashion with FGCU taking home the top spot. Stetson and Jacksonville swapped places, while all other spots mirrored the coaches poll.
FGCU's senior forward Rosemarie Julien was voted ASUN Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. The guard made an instant impact last year in her first season with the Eagles, averaging 13.1 points per game in conference play. She was voted the ASUN Newcomer of the Year last year and helped the Eagles win the ASUN Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson's Sarah Sagerer took home ASUN Women's Basketball Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors as she looks to anchor the Hatter defense in her senior campaign. The Austria native is the reigning ASUN Defensive Player of the Year and looks to become the first player to repeat that honor since the award was introduced in 2005. Sagerer ranked seventh in the nation last year with 100 blocks and became just the seventh league player to record 100 or more blocks in a single season.
Both Julien and Sagerer were unanimous selections to the 10-person ASUN Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference team. Read more about the other student-athletes selected below.
ASUN Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Rosemarie Julien, FGCU, Sr., Forward*: The 2016-17 ASUN Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection returns to lead the Eagles this season. Julien scored 11.0 points per game, while increasing her scoring output to 13.1 in conference games. In her first season in Fort Myers, Julien set the school's Division I scoring record with 36 points against Stetson (Jan. 7th). She shot 47.6 percent from the field and connected on 50 three-pointers last season for the Eagles.
- China Dow, FGCU, Sr., Guard*: Last year's ASUN Championship MVP is back for the Eagles in 2017-18. Dow averaged 9.4 points per game in conference play, while only playing 20.1 minutes per game. She saved her best performance for the ASUN Championship Final when she scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to defeat Stetson on the road and send the Eagles back to the NCAA Tournament. The Louisville, Ky. native added 80 total assists and 50 total steals in 35 games played last season.
- Brandi Buie, Jacksonville, Sr., Guard*: A Second Team All-Conference selection last year, Buie returns to lead the Dolphins backcourt in 2017-18. She increased her scoring average from 8.5 PPG to 12.4 PPG and looks to continue that trend in her senior campaign. Buie ran the offense last year with 3.3 assists per game, which ranked fourth in the ASUN. She finished second in the league with a 2.0 steals per game average last season. Buie is one of three seniors on this year's Dolphins team and was named a team captain.
- Carlotta Gianolla, Kennesaw State, So., Forward*: The reigning ASUN Freshman of the Year made a big impact in her first season with the Owls. Gianolla led all ASUN freshman in scoring with 11.7 PPG and rebounding at 6.3 boards per contest. In league play, Gianolla increased her scoring average to 14.1. She registered six double-doubles for the Owls and scored 20 or more points on three different occasions last season. She set the Kennesaw State Division I single-game scoring mark with 29 points vs. Jacksonville (Feb. 20th).
- Loren Cagle, Lipscomb, Sr., Guard*: The Bisons point guard returns for her senior season after making 29 starts in 30 games played last season. Cagle led the conference in assists with 5.9 per game, while scoring 8.9 PPG for the Bisons. She scored in double-figures on eight different occasions and was a defensive standout on the Bisons squad as well with 1.4 steals per game. She enters the season with 398 career assists, 18 assists shy of breaking into the top-25 all-time in the ASUN.
- Sarah Sagerer, Stetson, Sr. Forward*: Last season's ASUN Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection returns to anchor the Hatters defense again in 2017-18. Sagerer was a defensive force all season long as she recorded 100 blocks, becoming only the seventh ASUN player to reach that mark in a single season. She finished seventh in the NCAA in that category, while also scoring 10.4 PPG and grabbing 8.8 RPG. Her rebounding average was the best in the ASUN last season.
- Tytionia Adderly, FGCU, So., Forward: A 2016-17 ASUN All-Freshman and All-Tournament team selection. Adderly had an outstanding freshman season as she finished with a FGCU Division I program record of 7.7 rebounds per game. Her 92 offensive rebounds also broke the previous Division I program record. In ASUN conference play, Adderly pulled down 9.5 rebounds per game and scored 5.5 PPG for the Eagles.
- Kayla Gordon, Jacksonville, Sr. Forward: Made 21 starts in 30 games played last season for the Dolphins. Averaged 9.8 PPG and pulled down a team-high 8.7 RPG last season. Against ASUN conference foes, Gordon increased her rebounding average to 9.6 boards per contest. She set a new Jacksonville program single-game record with 20 rebounds against FGCU (Jan. 28th). 117 of her 260 total rebounds came on the offensive end last season.
- Tatianna Torres, NJIT, Jr., Guard: The top returnee for the Highlanders after starting in 29 of 30 games last season. Ranked tied for second on the team with 10.3 points per game, increasing that average to 12.1 in conference play. Led the ASUN with 2.4 steals per game last season, including a NJIT Division I program record seven vs. Chicago State. Recorded 14 double-digit scoring games, including a career-high 23 points against Howard (Dec. 16th).
- Brittney Chambers, Stetson, Sr. Guard: An ASUN All-Tournament team selection last year, Chambers returns for her senior season with the Hatters. She was named ASUN Newcomer of the Week on three occasions and averaged 11.8 points per game last season. She ranked second on the team with 48 made three-pointers, while shooting over 42 percent from the field last season. Chambers finished the season scoring in double-digits in 22 games.
For the seventh-straight year, the ASUN Conference took to social media to poll the fans for the conference preseason superlative awards. NJIT's Tatianna Torres garnered the ASUN Women's Basketball Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year accolades receiving 448 total votes, while North Florida's Maiya Rumph was the fan's choice for Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors with 258 votes. A total of 1,820 votes were cast on the league's Facebook Page this preseason.
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