#ASUNWBB Embarks on Another Round of Conference Play, Early Standings Implications

#ASUNWBB Embarks on Another Round of Conference Play, Early Standings Implications

 

Women's Basketball Schedule | Weekly Notes Packet (1/11)

ATLANTA, Ga.
 - After an exciting first week of conference play, ASUN Conference Women's Basketball teams are gearing up for another chance at early success in league action as well as standings implications for later in the year. Entering the second weekend, FGCU, NJIT and Stetson stand as the lone undefeated teams in the league as the Eagles ride a 2-0 record into play while the Highlanders and Hatters each sit at 1-0.

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FGCU (11-4)
Twitter: @FGCU_WBB
Next Two Games: at North Florida* (1/12 - 1 PM, ESPN+); at Kennesaw State* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 68-52 at North Alabama; W, 68-50 vs. Liberty
- FGCU meets North Florida for its second road game as part of a three-game trip away from Alico Arena. The Eagles are 22-3 all-time against the Ospreys but lost the last meeting in Jacksonville 75-73 last February to break a 17-game win streak for the Eagles in the series.
- In that loss to UNF, guards Nasrin Ulel and Lisa Zderadicka combined for 13 points, including eight off the bench from Zderadicka. The former Houston Baptist product averages 11.0 PPG against UNF with a high of 14 in the second meeting last season, a 67-52 victory at home.
- ASUN Newcomer of the Week Destiny Washington upped her game after receiving the award, collecting a season-high 20 points and 11 boards in a road win vs. North Alabama. The Eagles are 7-2 with Washington in the starting five behind a trio of double-digit scoring performances, including twice in ASUN play.
- Perimeter defense has led the way for FGCU to a 2-0 start in conference play. The Eagles have allowed just 5-29 (17.2%) three-pointers to fall in. Conversely, the Eagles three-point offense has contributed a 17-54 mark, tied for the most made three-pointers among ASUN teams in conference play with Lipscomb.
- At 92nd in the latest RPI ranks, FGCU is the lone ASUN program to break the top 100 in the country. The Eagles saw a rise of 37 spots following their win over North Alabama in a meeting of 10-win programs to claim early bidding as first place in the conference standings.
- The Eagles go through a short bye to finish their three-game road swing at Kennesaw State. The Eagles have dominated the series with 16-straight decisions in favor of the defending ASUN Champions. In two contests last season, FGCU scored 78 in each.
- The matchup with Kennesaw State pits the two winningest coaches in the league against each other. Karl Smesko of FGCU leads all ASUN Head Coaches with 507 career wins, followed behind by Kennesaw State Head Coach Agnus Berenato who has collected 466 wins in 30 seasons across four stops. The two have combined for a record of 39-21 in ASUN play since Berenato started at Kennesaw State in 2016-17.

Jacksonville (8-7)
Twitter: @JAX_WBB
Next Two Games:
 at Liberty* (1/12 - 4:30 PM, ESPN+); vs. North Alabama* (1/15 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 75-55 at Kennesaw State*; W, 62-47 vs. Lipscomb*
- The Dolphins play the second half of a two-game road trip in their next contest vs. Liberty. Jacksonville has never met Liberty on the court, and will do so in Liberty's first-ever home ASUN contest.
- Prior to the loss to Kennesaw State, Jacksonville had won its previous three ASUN road contests in the regular season, dating back to Feb. 7, 2018 against Stetson. Dating back to the 2015-16 season, Jacksonville has lost no more than two road games in regular season conference play in a single season.
- Over the last four games for Jacksonville, the bench has averaged 9.5 PPG to help the team go 3-1 over that span, including a three-game winning streak. Three different scorers led the team in bench points during the run, including twice from Alexis Burns who totaled five in the loss to Kennesaw State.
- Entering the third game of ASUN action, the Dolphins have shot 38.5% from deep over their last four games played. Hitting 22 of 57 from beyond the arc, the team has shot an even 30% during conference play thus far.
- Senior forward Trudy Walker leads the ASUN with 10.4 RPG, up from 2.7 a year ago. Walker's per-game average ranks 32nd in the nation as part of a group of 37 players to average more than 10 RPG.
- Jacksonville returns home for one game, hosting North Alabama. This matchup pits the two best rebounding teams in the ASUN together as Jacksonville leads at a 42.9 RPG clip, closely followed by UNA's 39.3 RPG.
- JU's matchup with UNA also features three players to pass the 1,000 career point mark during this season, including Jasmyn Brown of Jacksonville (1.092) and North Alabama's Emma Wallen (1,036) and Ivy Wallen (1.057).

Kennesaw State (5-10)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Liberty* (1/15 - 7 PM, ESPN+); vs. FGCU* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 75-55 vs. Jacksonville; L, 66-60 at NJIT
- At 4-0, the Owls aim to remain perfect at home this season when hosting Liberty. Kennesaw State has never faced Liberty on the court in a meeting of two of the winningest coaches in the league. KSU coach Agnus Berenato and Liberty's Carey Green have combined for 910 victories.
- With a win vs. Liberty, Kennesaw State would match the best start to ASUN play in the program's history at 2-1. Achieved four times and most recently during the 2015-16 campaign, the Owls have never started ASUN play with a 3-1 record since joining the league for the 2005-06 season.
- Amani Johnson claimed Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season after opening ASUN action with 15 points at NJIT. The honor gives the Owls nine all-time Freshman of the Week awards since its inception for the 2017-18 season, the most among all ASUN programs right in front of Stetson's eight.
- Johnson's scoring success has also led to success for the team. The Owls' five wins this season have all come when the Pennsylvania freshman has hit double figures including her career-high of 17 points vs. Furman and Georgia Southern.
- During conference play, no ASUN team has made more trips to the free throw line than Kennesaw State's 49. The Owls have hit 36 of their shots from the stripe, joined by North Alabama to be the only team to make at least 30 free throws in two conference games.
- Kennesaw State's three-game home stand comes to a close when it welcomes in FGCU. The last victory for the Owls in the series was back in  2010-11, a 63-52 final vs. an FGCU team receiving votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll prior to that contest.
- In the two meetings with FGCU last season, Kamiyah Street and Alexis Poole averaged a combined 22.0 PPG including a high of 18 points from Street. This season, the sophomore duo combine for 29.2 PPG, the most among a sophomore duo in the ASUN.

Liberty (4-11)
Twitter: @LibertyWBB 
Next Two Games:
 vs. Jacksonville* (1/12 - 4:30 PM, ESPN+); at Kennesaw State* (1/15 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games:
 L, 69-52 at Stetson*; L, 68-50 at FGCU*
- The Flames host their first ASUN contest as new members with a visit from Jacksonville. Prior to joining the ASUN, Liberty had won its past five home conference openers as part of the Big South. The last home-opening conference loss for the Flames came in 2012-13 to Presbyterian by two points.
- At home, the Flames are 36-11 in the Vines Center over the last four seasons since 2015-16 including a perfect 15-0 record en route to the NCAA Tournament last year. 
- Bridgette Rettstatt has been the biggest offensive bright spot for Liberty in its first two conference games. The sophomore forward has scored 12 points off the bench in each contest vs. FGCU and Stetson, adding 9.0 RPG with a high of 10 vs. the Hatters.
- Liberty's top scorers on the season have one distinct similarity, all being sophomores for the Flames. Emily Lytle leads the team with 11.8 PPG, followed by Rettstatt's 8.9 and then Ashtyn Baker, who pours in 8.0 PPG as a starting guard for the Flames.
- Liberty has cut down on the turnovers as a team in the last four contests, averaging just over 15 TOPG. This comes after giving the ball away 20 times in four of the previous six games, including 29 in a loss to UCF on the road.
- At 6.5, the Flames own the best rebounding margin in the ASUN after two conference contests. That mark ranks 48th in the country as one of just 56 teams in the nation to post a rebound margin of at least 6.0.
- Following the matchup with Jacksonville, Liberty hits the road for a  Tuesday night matchup with Kennesaw State. Another first time opponent, the Flames and Owls have identical 0-2 records against common opponents this season, losing to both Bethune-Cookman and East Carolina.

Lipscomb (2-13)
Twitter: @LipscombWBB
Next Two Games: vs. Stetson* (1/12 - 1:30 PM CT, ESPN+); at NJIT* (1/15 - 10:30 AM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 68-53 vs. North Florida; L, 62-47 at Jacksonville
- The Bisons look to notch their first ASUN win as they host Stetson in the next contest. All-time vs. the Hatters, Lipscomb is 7-24 with the last victory in the series coming in 2010-11 as the Bisons knocked off the Hatters in overtime, 73-72.
- Over the course of the last three seasons, Lipscomb is 0-6 vs. Stetson but have limited the margin of victory at times. Three of the last six contests have been decided by six points or less, including a 59-55 decision at Allen Arena last year.
- During the 59-55 loss at home to the Hatters, then-freshman Taylor Clark went off for 21 points in a contest that was tied after three quarters. Her 21 points established a new career-high which still stands and led all scorers in the contest.
- Carleigh Short became the first player for the Bisons to hit 20 points in a contest this season with her career-high 21 vs. North Florida. The junior guard connected on seven three-pointers, including four in the second half.
- Through two games in conference play, Lipscomb is tied for FGCU with 17 made three-pointers in conference action. The Bisons made a season-high 11 three-pointers against North Florida to mark the first time all year that the Bisons hit 10 or more threes.
- Following the matchup with Stetson, Lipscomb hits the road to start a three-game trip vs. NJIT. The Bisons swept last season's two meetings with each coming by double digits as the Highlanders scored 58 in each game while Lipscomb averaged 70 PPG.
- During the second meeting with the Highlanders, Lauren Rau and Taylor Clark combined for 24 points in a comeback victory for the Bisons who were down by two points at the half on their own home court. Rau sank two technical free throws with a little over five minutes to play to give the Bisons the lead.

NJIT (4-10)
Twitter: @NJITWBB
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (1/12 - 2 PM, ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb (1/15 - 11:30 AM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 66-60 vs. Kennesaw State*; L, 84-53 vs. Hartford
- NJIT meets North Alabama for the first time to kick off the road portion of league play during the 2018-19 season. The matchup features two of the best three-point shooting numbers in the ASUN as Kelly Guarino leads the individual ranks with 44 made three-pointers while North Alabama places third in the league at 33.1% from deep. 
- With a win vs. North Alabama, NJIT would claim its road opener in ASUN play for the first time since joining the league. The Highlanders can start 2-0 for the first time as well, winning the ASUN opener for the first time in four seasons.
- The Highlanders' victory against Kennesaw State was the first over the Owls in program history. A contest that featured 12 lead changes, the NJIT defense paved the way to the first conference win under Head Coach Mike Lane as KSU was limited to a 3-16 (18.8%) success rate from the field in the fourth quarter.
- Kelly Guarino's 224 made three-pointers place her 10th on the all-time ASUN list, just 12 made three-pointers away from entering into the top seven. Guarino's placement is historic for NJIT as she holds the program record and becomes the first Highlander player to enter the top 10 of any ASUN record since NJIT joined the league in 2015-16.
- The Highlanders' trio of Guarino (14.3 PPG), Danielle Tunstall (10.7) and Ellyn Stoll (9.8) are on pace to become the top scoring trio in NJIT's D-I program history. They currently sit 2.5 PPG above last year's trio of Guarino, Stoll and Tatianna Torres who averaged 32.3 PPG over the season.
- A one-game road trip ends with a return to the WEC to face Lipscomb. NJIT took three of the first four meetings vs. the Bisons before being swept a year ago. The Highlanders averaged 65.5 PPG in those first four contests, including two games in which the team topped out at 76 in victories.
- In five career games against the Bisons, NJIT senior guard Tatianna Torres has averaged 13.0 PPG. Three times she has scored in double figures vs. the Bisons, including a high of 18 vs. Lipscomb on Jan. 27 last season.

North Alabama (10-2)
Twitter: @UNAHoops
Next Two Games: vs. NJIT* (1/12 - 1 PM CT, ESPN+); at Jacksonville* (1/15 - 6 PM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 68-52 vs. FGCU*; W, 70-64 (OT) at North Florida*
- The Lions continue a stretch of four home games over five played, hosting NJIT. Over the last four seasons, the Lions are 35-14 at Flowers Hall, twice going 13-2.
- The matchup with NJIT features two head coaches who each won their ASUN debut last Saturday. North Alabama's Missy Tiber coached her first victory in the league in a 70-64 OT thriller vs. North Florida. NJIT's Mike Lane won his ASUN opener 66-60 over visiting Kennesaw State, the program's first win vs. the Owls.
- The Lions' 3-1 road record is the only winning mark in the ASUN, tying upcoming opponent Jacksonville for the most road victories to this point. Last season, the Lions went 11-2 on the road after posting just five wins two seasons ago.
- Brittany Panetti claimed her second career ASUN Player of the Week honor following her 28-point output against North Florida in the team's first-ever ASUN contest. Adding 13 rebounds to her line, it was the first double-double of the season for the former New Mexico product.
- Panetti leads all ASUN players with three games of 25 or more points this season. The Lions have a 2-1 record in those contests with two going into overtime. The most recent was the conference-opening victory vs. North Florida.
- No duo in the ASUN averages more points per game combined than Brittany Panetti and Emma Wallen. The two juniors for North Alabama combine for 30.3 PPG with Panetti leading the league at 16.8 PPG and Wallen pouring on 13.5. The next closest duo of Kamiyah Street and Alexis Poole from Kennesaw State averages 29.2 PPG.
- North Alabama hits the road for the second time in conference play to meet Jacksonville for the first time. This marks the second trip to Jacksonville this season, facing North Florida in the league opener. Prior to that contest, UNA had not played a game in Florida in nearly two years since facing West Florida in January 2017.

North Florida (6-7)
Twitter: @OspreyWBB
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU* (1/12 - 1 PM, ESPN+); at Stetson* (1/15 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 68-53 at Lipscomb*; L, 70-64 (OT) vs. North Alabama*
- UNF begins a back-to-back vs. Florida rivals with a meeting against FGCU and then Stetson. The Ospreys pulled a big 75-73 upset last year against 25th-ranked FGCU. That victory marked the first against a ranked team since moving to D-I prior to the 2005-06 academic year.
- During the Ospreys' big victory vs. the Eagles, Ty Purifoy connected on all three of her three-point attempts to total 13 points in the contest. UNF fought back from a five-point deficit after the third quarter, outscoring FGCU 25-18 in the final frame.
- One of two teams in the ASUN to have two players in the individual ASUN top 10 rebound rankings with Liberty, the Ospreys have two players each each pull down more than six boards per night. Adrienne Jackson places eighth in the league with 6.5 RPG followed closely behind in ninth by Arianna Emanuel-Wright who pulls down 6.1 RPG.
- Transfer forward Jazz Bond experienced her best game as an Osprey with 23 points in the victory vs. Lipscomb, a league-high for the night. Bond hit 11 of 19 shots from the field while compiling four rebounds as well.
- The Ospreys lead the ASUN with 9.6 SPG, one of just three teams to take away nine or more per game. In conference play thus far, the Ospreys' total raises to 12.0 SPG, including 14 in the win vs. Lipscomb.
- North Florida hosts Stetson on Tuesday, last topping the Hatters in the ASUN Championship First Round a year ago, 63-55 in OT. The loss snapped a 10-game skid against Stetson and was the first time a six seed one its opening matchup in the conference tournament since 2012.
- In the Ospreys' first postseason victory since 2013, the overtime period was started by three-straight three-pointers, including two from Ty Purifoy and Elli Bartley. For the overall contest, Arianna Emanuel-Wright produced a bench-high 10 points, seven coming in the first half.

Stetson (6-9)
Twitter: @StetsonWBB
Next Two Games: at Lipscomb* (1/12 - 2:30 PM, ESPN+); at North Florida* (1/15 - 7 PM, ESPN+)  
Last Two Games: W, 69-52 vs. Liberty*; W, 81-51 vs. Central State
- Winners of six of their last seven, the Hatters put that to the test with a meeting against Lipscomb to kick off a three-game road swing. During the 2017-18 campaign, Stetson won both meetings including a 91-71 blowout at home.
- Senior guard McKenna Beach averaged 18.0 PPG in two victories vs. Lipscomb. The Florida native also averaged 7.0 RPG & 6.5 APG, notching a double-double with 14 points & 10 rebounds in the 91-71 victory.
- Preseason Player of the Year Sarah Sagerer has notched six-straight double-digit scoring games. Three times in that streak the Austrian product has hit at least 20 points, including exactly 20 to open ASUN play in the victory vs. Liberty.
- Head Coach Lynn Bria notched 200 wins at Stetson with the Hatters' victory vs. Liberty. She is the third active ASUN coach to have 200 wins or more at their current school, joining Karl Smesko of FGCU (446) and Carey Green of Liberty (444).
- The Hatters are the top three-point shooting team in the conference, knocking down 34.5% of their attempts from beyond the arc. The team has knocked down 30% or more of their attempts in each of the last five games, hitting a season-best 50% against Florida A&M in a 69-44 victory.
- Stetson has won 10 of the last 11 vs. North Florida despite falling in the ASUN Championship First Round last year. The Hatters produced two double-digit victories against UNF in the 2017-18 regular season.
- McKenna Beach and Megan Vincent combined to average 13.3 PPG in the three contests vs. North Florida last season. Beach hit double figures twice in the trio of games, topping out at 11 points in the postseason loss. Vincent established a high of eight points in that contest as well.

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