Women's Basketball Schedule | Weekly Notes Packet (1/18)
ATLANTA, Ga. - ASUN Conference Women's Basketball enters the third week of play after an exciting night to conclude the second round on Tuesday. Included in the slate of action is a pair of matchups of teams with at least two conference victories and then two other matchups as each side looks for key second victories in league play.
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Next Two Games: at Kennesaw State* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+); vs. Lipscomb (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 105-66 at North Florida; W, 68-52 at North Alabama
- The Eagles finish a 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 508 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 40-21 in ASUN play since Berenato started at Kennesaw State in 2016-17.
- Destiny Washington joined Keri-Jewett Giles as back-to-back ASUN Newcomer of the Week recipients this season. The former Ball State product recorded two double-doubles, averaging 15.0 PPG and 10.5 RPG in a pair of road victories in conference play.
- A 105-point outburst against North Florida was the first time since the ASUN Championship Semifinals vs. Lipscomb that the Eagles broke the century mark in a conference matchup. Through the 2018-19 season, the century mark has been hit three times by FGCU.
- In conference play, the Eagles' three-point defense has allowed just 9-44 shots to fall, a 20.5% rate. FGCU is the only team to allow single-digit three-pointers to fall in during conference play.
- FGCU returns home to Alico Arena to face Lipscomb following the game vs. KSU. In the 23-game series with the Bisons, the Eagles have never lost and hold a 13-0 mark at home, including two wins during the ASUN Championship.
- Nasrin Ulel hit double-figures twice in three meetings with Lipscomb last season. Her 17 point outing in the ASUN Championship Semifinals propelled the Eagles to a 105-55 victory, the largest margin of victory in the series.
Next Two Games: at NJIT* (1/19 - 1 PM, ESPN+); at North Florida* (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 62-59 vs. North Alabama*; W, 64-52 at Liberty*
- The Dolphins have won each of the first six meetings vs. NJIT since the Highlanders joined the conference in 2015-16. In the first two meetings in that inaugural season, the Dolphins held NJIT under 40 points in each contest.
- In the five contests she has appeared, Jasmyn Brown has averaged 9.0 PPG vs. NJIT. The senior's single-game high in the series sits at 19 points, set in an 88-58 victory on the road last Jan. 20.
- With their next victory, the Dolphins will hit double-digit wins in a season for the 14th-consecutive campaign. Prior to the streak, the Dolphins had one double-digit winning season in six seasons, hitting 13 victories in 2000-01.
- The road victory vs. Liberty was the Dolphins' fourth of the season, tied for the highest mark for road victories among all ASUN teams with North Alabama. In conference play the last four seasons, Jacksonville has gone 17-6 away from Swisher Gymnasium in regular season action.
- During conference play, the Dolphins have a rebounding margin of 6.8, one of three ASUN teams to sit 2.0 or higher. Kennesaw State (4.7) and North Florida (2.0) are the other two schools to join Jacksonville.
- Jacksonville continues a road swing by visiting North Florida for the first installment of the River City Rumble for basketball. While UNF currently leads the Rumble 6-0 this year, the Dolphins won 13-9 last year behind three victories in women's basketball, with each of the regular season matchups decided by 18-plus points.
- In the three contests last season with North Florida, Jasmyn Brown averaged 12.1 PPG including a series-high of 15 during an overtime victory in an ASUN Championship Semifinal. The senior also dished out three assists in that 83-77 victory.
Kennesaw State (5-11)
Next Two Games: vs. FGCU* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+); at North Alabama* (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 67-61 vs. Liberty; W, 75-55 vs. Jacksonville
- 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 sophomores combine for 29.2 PPG, the most among a sophomore duo in the ASUN.
- Alexis Poole collected her eighth double-double of the year vs. Liberty in a 27 points, 15 rebound performance. With 15 career double-doubles, she sits second among all active ASUN players behind only Sarah Sagerer of Stetson.
- Amani Johnson opened ASUN conference play with back-to-back ASUN Freshman of the Week honors. Her four awards this season tie Michelle Pruitt of Stetson for the second-most in one year, one behind teammate Kamiyah Street to tie the single-season mark of five freshman honors.
- The Owls' 14.0 ORPG are the top mark in the ASUN during conference action. Alexis Poole (4.0) and Carlotta Gianolla (2.5) each average at least 2.0 offensive rebounds per game in conference play.
- KSU hits the road to battle North Alabama for the first time as ASUN foes. Prior to this meeting, Kennesaw State has never met North Alabama on the court though both were once Division II members.
- On the road this year, Kamiyah Street is averaging 19.5 PPG, including three games in which she scored 20 or more. Against Seton Hall, Street set the 2018-19 ASUN single-game high and KSU Division I record with 41 points.
Next Two Games: vs. North Florida* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+); at Jacksonville* (1/26 - 2 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 67-61 at Kennesaw State*; L, 64-52 vs. Jacksonville*
- The Flames return to the Vines Center for one contest vs. North Florida. The Flames meet the Ospreys for the first time, each having lost to Bethune-Cookman earlier this season.
- Over the last four seasons the Flames have combined for a record of 36-12 at the Vines Center. Included in that record is a 28-5 mark in conference contests (inc. postseason) with all of their wins coming as a member of the Big South.
- In the team's first-ever ASUN victory vs. Kennesaw State, Liberty shot 55.1% from the field including 45.5 from deep. That marks a season high in three-point percentage for the Flames and the second-best FG percentage after hitting 55.5% against ETSU.
- Bridgette Rettstatt has averaged 12.3 PPG in conference play while also grabbing 7.1 RPG. The sophomore forward recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Stetson and Jacksonville, her first double-doubles of the 2018-19 season.
- Rettstatt (fifth, 2.3 ORPG) and KK Barbour (sixth, 2.2) mark the only teammates in the ASUN to rank in the top seven of the individual offensive rebounds per game rankings in the league.
- Liberty gets a bye following the matchup with Kennesaw State before embarking to Jacksonville to face the Dolphins. The Flames lost their first matchup with JU this season 64-52 at home.
- Against Jacksonville, Bridgette Rettstatt scored 14 points to lead the team while Kierra Johnson-Graham totaled seven off the bench. Johnson-Graham tallied a conference play-high seven rebounds as well in 20 minutes of action.
Next Two Games: at FGCU* (1/22 - 6 PM CT, ESPN+); at Stetson* (1/26 - 12 PM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 80-67 at NJIT*; L, 80-65 vs. Stetson*
- The road swing continues for Lipscomb with a trip to FGCU. During three meetings with the Eagles last season, Taylor Clark averaged 9.0 PPG including 14 points in the first meeting held at Allen Arena.
- In the ASUN Championship Semifinals matchup with FGCU, Emily Kmec was the only player for the Bisons to break double figures, scoring 12 on her way to averaging 15.0 PPG in the conference tournament.
- The Bisons have three players in the top five of the free throw percentage leader board in the league. Lauren Rau (second, 83.3%), Keely Morrow (fourth, 80%) and Taylor Clark (fifth, 79.5%) make Lipscomb the only team in the conference with multiple players in the top five.
- Lauren Rau notched a career-high 27 points in the contest vs. NJIT. The guard scored 18-straight points for the Bisons in the fourth quarter and gave the Bisons a 20-point scorer for the third-straight contest after going the first 14 games without one.
- Two players average in double figures for scoring during conference play including Taylor Clark (12.3) and Lauren Rau (11.5). Outside of conference play, only Clark at 11.1 PPG pours in a nightly average of double figures.
- The Bisons end a two-game trip to the Sunshine State by visiting Stetson. The two sides have met once already this season with the Hatters taking an 80-65 victory vs. the Bisons at Allen Arena.
- Jane Deason dropped a career-high 20 points vs. Stetson in the first matchup this year. The freshman connected on four shots from deep and 8-17 overall from the floor to go with four rebounds.
Next Two Games: vs. Jacksonville* (1/19 - 1 PM, ESPN+); at Stetson (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 80-67 vs. Lipscomb*; L, 72-60 at North Alabama*
- Under first-year Head Coach Mike Lane, the Highlanders have won five games to top last year's overall mark. NJIT is also out to its best start in ASUN play at 2-1 following home victories vs. Kennesaw State and Lipscomb.
- NJIT concludes a two-game home stand vs. Jacksonville. When they meet, the Highlanders and Dolphins will have played three similar opponents in conference play including Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and North Alabama.
- In each matchup vs. Jacksonville last season, the Highlanders had two current players hit double-digits in scoring. Kelly Guarino (twice, 15 & 19) was joined once each by Tatianna Torres (16) and Ellyn Stoll (15) in piling on the points vs. the Dolphins.
- Kelly Guarino is the only player in the ASUN to rank in the top five of PPG, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. She averages 14.9 PPG (fifth), shoots 43.7% from deep (fourth) and converts a league-leading 87.0% from the charity stripe.
- The Highlanders' trio of Guarino (14.9 PPG), Danielle Tunstall (10.9) and Ellyn Stoll (9.0) 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.
- NJIT visits Stetson for a one-game road trip after facing Jacksonville. NJIT's 60-55 loss in the first meeting as conference members in 2015-16 marks the closest margin of defeat in the series as NJIT looks for its first win vs. the Hatters.
- In two games vs. the Hatters last year, the duo of Kelly Guarino and Tatianna Torres averaged 21.0 PPG. Both hit double figures in the second matchup at home as Guarino led the way with a team-high 14 points.
North Alabama (12-2)
Next Two Games: vs. Stetson* (1/19 - 1 PM CT, ESPN+); vs. Kennesaw State* (1/22 - 6 PM CT, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 62-59 at Jacksonville*; W, 72-60 vs. NJIT*
- North Alabama returns to Flowers Hall with a meeting vs. Stetson, the first all-time between the programs. This marks the final matchup in the first half of conference play against a Florida-based program as UNA has gone 1-1 in the first two matchups prior to hosting Jacksonville.
- In conference matchups over the last three seasons, the Lions are 19-5 at Flowers Hall. That record improves to 32-5 when including all contests played at the Lions' home court as the team currently rides a 13-game winning streak in non-conference play at home.
- UNA overcame a 10-point deficit with 1:17 to go in the fourth quarter to steal a crucial road victory vs. Jacksonville and move to 3-1 in conference action. The Wallen sisters, Emma and Ivy, combined for the final eight points in the game to propel the Lions to a 62-59 victory.
- Brittany Panetti leads all ASUN players with four games of 25 or more points this season. The Lions have a 3-1 record in those contests, including a 2-0 mark in conference play with victories over North Florida and NJIT.
- Panetti's 17.8 PPG scoring average is on pace to be the top mark in the ASUN since the 2015-16 season when Ashley Southern of Lipscomb averaged 17.9 per night. The last player to average 18.0 PPG or more in one season was Briana Williams of Mercer during the 2010-11 campaign.
- The Lions end a two-game home stint with a meeting vs. Kennesaw State. The Lions and Owls have never met as they kick off a new series between former Division II members that joined the ASUN.
- As a member of the Gulf South prior to this season, UNA faced three schools from Georgia each year including Shorter, Valdosta State and West Georgia. The Lions combined for a 7-3 record over the last two seasons before leaving D-II.
North Florida (7-8)
Next Two Games: at Liberty* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+); vs. Jacksonville* (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: W, 71-57 vs. North Florida*; L, 105-66 vs. FGCU*
- UNF visits Liberty for the first time on the road. The Osprey's lone road victory this season came in conference play against Lipscomb.
- The Ospreys lead the ASUN with 39.3 RPG during conference play. They are the only team to average more than 39 per game and join NJIT as the only teams to grab down at least 29 defensive rebounds per game.
- For the individual ranks in conference play, UNF has three players rank in the top 15 for conference play, the only team to do so. Those players include Adrienne Jackson (fifth, 8.3), Jazz Bond (12th, 6.8) and Arianna Emanuel-Wright (13th, 6.3)
- In four conference games so far, UNF has three players average in double figures, led by Arianna Emanuel-Wright at 15.5 per game. Jazz Bond (14.3) and Adrienne Jackson (10.3) round out the trio.
- Ty Purifoy (6th, 1.9 SPG) and Adrienne Jackson (8th, 1.9) make North Florida one of three teams with multiple players in top ten individual SPG rankings in the ASUN, joining Kennesaw State and Stetson.
- The Ospreys welcome Jacksonville in for the River City Rumble, looking to continue North Florida's dominance in the rivalry this year. The last win for UNF in the series came in Jan. 2013, a 66-63 victory at home.
- During the team's 83-77 loss in the ASUN Championship Semifinal, Arianna Emanuel-Wright totaled 15 points off the bench. Throughout the three-game series last season, the senior guard averaged 7.0 PPG.
Next Two Games: at North Alabama* (1/19 - 2 PM, ESPN+); vs. NJIT* (1/22 - 7 PM, ESPN+)
Last Two Games: L, 71-57 at North Florida*; W, 80-65 at Lipscomb*
- Stetson ends a three-game road trip with a visit to North Alabama. This meeting marks the first in the series and the second trip to Alabama for Stetson this season after facing the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa in November.
- The game with North Alabama features two of the top offenses in the conference. UNA leads in FG% at 46.3 while the Hatters sit second in the ASUN with a 33.9% clip from behind the three-point line throughout the entire season.
- The Hatters average 15.3 APG in conference play, the second-best mark in the league. Joining FGCU as one of two teams to average at least 15 per game, the Hatters have totaled 46 dimes in three conference matchups.
- McKenna Beach recorded the first triple-double in the ASUN since Jan. 9, 2014 after doing so against Lipscomb. The senior guard totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the ninth triple-double in program history. Beach won her second career ASUN Player of the Week honor following the historic game.
- Against Lipscomb, Addi Walters set a career-high with a 25-point outburst in the Hatters' victory. The junior guard hit seven shots from beyond the arc in her first start since Stetson's matchup vs. Texas on Dec. 16. She has hit 60% (9-15) of her three-pointers in conference play so far.
- Stetson returns home to begin a two-game stand vs. NJIT. The Hatters are 6-0 all-time against NJIT since the Highlanders joined the ASUN in the 2015-16 season.
- In two matchups with NJIT last season, Megan Vincent averaged 9.0 RPG while recording 10 in the first meeting off the bench. In the second meeting, Vincent added eight rebounds to nine points in the Stetson victory.