ATLANTA, 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 2018-19. The Eagles garnered eight first-place votes among the league head, while also being selected first in the media poll, announced Wednesday by the league office.
FGCU totaled 80 points in the coaches poll to lead the way, while new ASUN member Liberty earned the final first-place vote and sits in second coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson was picked to finish third with returning stars McKenna Beach and Sarah Sagerer named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Jacksonville and Kennesaw State were predicted fourth and fifth while North Florida, Lipscomb, North Alabama and NJIT rounded out the poll. The media poll finished with a similar favorite with FGCU totaling 42 of 44 first-place votes and the others going to Jacksonville who again slotted fourth. Stetson and Liberty flipped positions in the media poll with the Hatters picked to finish in second.
Stetson's Sarah Sagerer returns off an injury in the 2018-19 season and is expected to play well as she was named the Preseason Player of the Year and the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, the latter coming in unanimous fashion. Last playing in 2016-17, the Austrian native returns to the court as one of the best players in Stetson history and looks to cap off her collegiate career with even more success below the basket.
ASUN Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Sarah Sagerer, Stetson, Sr., Forward*: The 2016-17 ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Sagerer missed all of last season due to injury and returns for one final run as a member of the Hatters. The Austrian native currently ranks second in Stetson history with 177 blocks while averaging 8.6 PPG in her career, including a career-best 10.4 in 2016-17. She also averaged 8.8 rebounds a night in her last season of play and has totaled 13 double-doubles in her career to this point.
- Kamiyah Street, Kennesaw State, So., Guard*: The 2017-18 ASUN Freshman of the Year, Street was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Conference squad following her tremendous first year with the Owls. The Atlanta, Ga. native averaged 16.3 PPG in the 26 games in which she appeared while also dishing out 83 assists. Also a willing rebounder, Street averaged 5.5 boards per night to make her an all-around guard for the Owls.
- McKenna Beach, Stetson, Sr., Guard*: A 2017-18 ASUN All-Conference Second Team honoree, Beach returns for her final season with Stetson looking to cross 300 assists in her career as the point guard for the Hatters. She averaged double figures for the first time last season, bumping her scoring output to 12.3 PPG after sitting below six per-night in her first two seasons. Rarely coming off the court, Beach played all 40 minutes ten times a season ago and set the single-season record for minutes played due to her phenomenal play on the court.
- Jasmyn Brown, Jacksonville, Sr., Guard*: Another member of the ASUN All-Conference Second Team a season ago, Brown comes back for the Dolphins looking to continue her career surge heading into her final season. After an injury-plagued 2016-17 season, Brown averaged a career-high 13.5 PPG while also pulling down 3.6 rebounds a night. A lethal three-point shooter, the Florida native has averaged over 34.9 percent from deep in two of her collegiate seasons with a career-best 66 threes made a year ago.
- Tytionia Adderly, FGCU, Jr., Forward: A First Team All-Conference honoree a year ago, Adderly is on pace to become one of the greatest rebounders in FGCU and ASUN history through her two seasons with the Eagles. If her current pace holds, Adderly can become the first FGCU player to ever cross 1,000 rebounds while also potentially joining a group currently comprised of 11 players in ASUN history who have totaled both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. After grabbing down a D-I program record 304 boards last year, the junior forward is hoping to produce her best season yet for the preseason ASUN favorites.
- Nasrin Ulel, FGCU, Jr., Guard/Forward: A three-point specialist for the Eagles, Ulel has made 79 three's in her first two seasons in Fort Myers, good for 19th on the program's all-time list for D-I players. Voted co-Most Improved Player by FGCU for her improvements last year, Ulel looks to continue that growth as an all-around scorer heading into her third season in search of her first campaign averaging in double figures per game.
- Alexis Poole, Kennesaw State, So., Forward: Poole joins fellow sophomore Owls star Street on the Preseason All-Conference team following a freshman campaign in which she averaged 10.2 PPG and 7.9 RPG. Of her total 206 rebounds on the year, 84 of them came on the offensive side to give her an average of 3.2 per game to lead her team. With a chance to start every game for the Owls, Poole looks to potentially average a double-double as she and the team continue to grow.
- KK Barbour, Liberty, Sr. Forward: Barbour appears on the Preseason All-Conference team entering her first season as a member of the ASUN with the Flames. The Big South Championship MVP a year ago, Barbour averaged 9.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG in the regular season for the Flames before exploding for 14.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG in a trio of postseason contests. With her first season of ASUN play ahead, Barbour looks to lead Liberty into uncharted territory looking for more success.
- Ivy Wallen, North Alabama, Jr., Guard: Another new player to the ASUN, Wallen enters D-I play for the first time after spending her first two seasons in D-II with the Lions. Though her last season was cut short due to injury, the Alabama native averaged 17.5 points per game in her 19 contests as well as dishing out 9.4 assists per game to lead all of D-II. A two-time Honorable Mention WBCA All-America at the D-II level, Wallen comes into the new season as the leader of the Lions looking to stir up some big play at a new level of competition.
- Tatianna Torres, NJIT, Sr., Guard: NJIT's returning leader in rebounds, assists and steals, Torres returns to the Preseason All-Conference team for the second year in a row after averaging double figures in scoring once again with a career-best 11.3 PPG last year. The Arlington, Va. native had at least one steal in all but three games played last year, while also dishing out at least one assist in all but two. She comes into her final season with NJIT looking to continue building her reputation as a consistent threat each night on both ends of the floor.
For the eighth-straight year, the ASUN Conference took to social media to poll the fans for the conference preseason superlative awards. North Alabama swept both fan honors with Ivy Wallen garnering the ASUN Women's Basketball Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year accolades receiving 281 total votes, while Brittany Panetti secured the Fan-Voted Defensive Player of the Year with 195 votes.