LakePoint, Ga. - Loren Cagle, Keonna Farmer, Kayla Gordon, and Kamiyah Street nabbed top ASUN Women's Basketball superlatives, announced by the league at this year's Awards luncheon on campus sites. Cagle was named ASUN Player of the Year, adding to hear terrific senior campaign.
The Nashville, Tenn. native becomes the first Lipscomb women's player ever to be voted Player of the Year. She led the league in scoring with 17.6 points per game and over the course of the season became just the fourth Bisons player to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. Cagle did it all for the Bisons this season, not only did she score, but she rebounded and assisted as well. At 17.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 4.2 APG, Cagle was the only played in the league to average 17+ PPG, 5+ RPG and 4+ APG. She also was a key cog in helping Lipscomb reach their highest win total since the 2004-05 season.
Gordon collected her first ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honor, after owning the glass as the league's leading rebounder at 9.7 RPG. She also ranked 40th nationally in that category. Gordon recently became Jacksonville's all-time leading rebounder, as she has accumulated 996 for her career. In ASUN play, Gordon has stepped her game up a notch as she averaged 10.6 RPG. She also ranked fifth in the league in blocked shots and 11th in steals. Gordon is just the second Dolphin ever to earn the award, joining Crystal Bell who won in 2012.
The ASUN Newcomer of the Year honor went to Keonna Farmer from North Florida. In her only season with the Ospreys as a grad transfer, Farmer made quite the impact. She averaged 15.9 PPG (foruth in ASUN) and 8.5 RPG (third in ASUN), while taking home a record tying six Newcomer of the Week awards. Farmer put together her best game of the year against the best team in the conference, as she poured in a career-high 28 points and nine rebounds in a 75-73 upset of No. 25 FGCU back on February 1st.
For the second-straight season the ASUN Freshman of the Year resides at Kennesaw State, as Street collects the honor. Street had a phenomenal freshman campaign, as the diaper dandy was third in the ASUN in scoring 16.4 PPG en route to being the unanimous choice for Freshman of the Year. She was also one of the most durable players in the ASUN, leading the league in MPG at 37.4 MPG. Street was also second in steals (61), fourth in FGs (161) and 10th in blocks (17). Despite being 5'5", the diminutive guard was second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 RPG.
After guiding FGCU to another ASUN Regular Season Title, Karl Smesko earns his eighth Coach of the Year award. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 27-4 overall record and a 13-1 record in ASUN play. FGCU will host NJIT in the first round of the ASUN Championship.
ASUN Women's Basketball First Team All-Conference:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Loren Cagle, Lipscomb*: The 2018 ASUN Player of the Year led the league in scoring at 17.6 PPG, second in the league this season. She was named ASUN Player of the Week on four occasions this season, the most in Lipscomb history. She registered double-figures in 26 of 29 games this season, including a career-high 31 against North Florida on Jan. 15th.
- Rosemarie Julien, FGCU*: For the second straight season, Julien finds herself as a unanimous selection to the First-Team All-Conference. Julien helped guide FGCU to another ASUN Regular Season Title. She led the Eagles in scoring at 13.6 PPG. Julien also was the conference leader in FT% at 83% and second in 3PT made with 67. Her selection marks the 10th straight season FGCU has had a student-athlete named to the first team
- Brittney Chambers, Stetson*: Chambers notches her first ever ASUN All-Conference selection after posting a fantastic senior campaign. Chambers was second in the league in scoring at 16.7 PPG and despite standing at just 5'6" led the Hatters in rebounding, hauling in 6.7 RPG. Chambers ranks top-five in the ASUN in points (second, 500), rebounds (fifth 200), FTs (first, 118), FGs, (third, 172) and minutes (second, 1,052).
- China Dow, FGCU: The 2017 ASUN Tournament MVP is the second FGCU to be honored on the First Team. Dow was terrific in league play, averaging 13.0 PPG in ASUN action (a 2 PPG increase from her overall average). Dow finished her season off on a strong note, averaging 14.4 PPG over her final seven games.
- Kayla Gordon, Jacksonville: The 2018 ASUN Defensive Player of the League garners one more honor, being named to the First Team. Gordon led the league in rebounding at 9.7 RPG and 10.6 RPG in ASUN action. She also answered the bell offensively, finishing second in the ASUN in FG% at 51%. Like Dow, Gordon finished the season on an absolute tear averaging 14.6 PPG and 11.8 RPG over her last eight contests.
ASUN Women's Basketball Second Team All-Conference
- Tytionia Adderly, FGCU
- Jasmyn Brown, Jacksonville
- Kamiyah Street, Kennesaw State
- McKenna Beach, Stetson
- Keonna Farmer, North Florida
ASUN Women's Basketball All-Freshman Team
- Kamiyah Street, Kennesaw State*
- Michelle Pruitt, Stetson*
- Alexis Poole, Kennesaw State
- Emily Kmec, Lipscomb
- Tiffany Tolbert, North Florida
- Anda Kuzmina, USC Upstate
ASUN Women's Basketball Coach of the Year
- Karl Smesko, FGCU
*Denotes unanimous selection