This Week in Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball: Feb. 15th

Friday, February 15, 2013

MACON, Ga. - FGCU, Stetson and Mercer have clinched a spot in the 2013 General Shale Women’s Basketball Championship. North Florida can clinch a spot this weekend with a win vs. Jacksonville and a Lipscomb loss.

On Saturday, two A-Sun Women's Basketball games will be featured on ESPN3 with Lipscomb hosting FGCU at 4:00 PM CST and USC Upstate hosting Kennesaw State at 5:30 PM EST.

A-Sun Women's Basketball Notes (#ASunWBB):

  • Two Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball squads are ranked in the top-15 in current win streak with FGCU ranked at No. 5 with 14 wins and Mercer tied at No. 12 in the country with ten games.
  • The Bears ten-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the team’s program history.
  • Mercer’s ten-game win improvement from six wins in 2011-12 to 16 wins this season is the biggest turnaround in the country.
  • The Bears Precious Bridges leads the A-Sun in scoring with 17.7 points per game in league play and 17.4 points per game in the entire season.
  • ETSU is 3-0 at home vs. the Bears in the last three seasons with 25.3 scoring margin in those contest.
  • The Buccaneers are outrebounding their conference opponents by 8.5 rebounds per game. The Bucs have two players in the top-five in rebounding in league games with Destiny Mitchell (8.8) and Serena Clark (7.6).
  • The Eagles have won its last 31 conference games, which is second longest streak in the country behind Baylor (34). This win streak also marks a conference record. FGCU is outscoring its conference opponents by 24.2 points per game.
  • Stetson is the only team in the league with five players ranked in the top-30 in the A-Sun in scoring. Victoria McGowan ranks No. 3 in the conference with 16.5 points per game, while Shanasa Sanders ranks No. 4 averaging 13.5 points per game.
  • USC Upstate is 3-1 at home vs. Kennesaw State over the past four seasons. In their last match up in Spartanburg, Tee’Ara Copney scored a game-high 22 points. Copney has 1,551 career points and currently ranks No. 18 in the A-Sun record books.
  • In conference play, the Spartans Brittany Starling is averaging 11.2 points per game; the best of the A-Sun freshmen. Starling also leads all player in conference play in shooting percentage (.539)
  • Lipscomb’s Hannah Phillips reached the 1,000 point plateau vs. Northern Kentucky with 22 points in the game. Phillips is the hot hand for the Bisons, averaging 17 PPG in her last three contests.
  • Kennesaw State’s Sametria Gideon has scored a double-double in 45.8 percent of the Owls games this season. Gideon is averaging 11.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds and is just one of three players in the country to be a school’s career points and rebounds leader.
  • The Owls freshman, Chelsea Mason, landed her fourth A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honor of the season this week. In conference play Mason is averaging 10.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.
  • Northern Kentucky holds a 7-5 conference record to stand at No. 4 in the league standings in their first season of play in the A-Sun. The Norse are 58-9 all-time in The Bank of Kentucky Center, including 6-2 this season. This season, NKU is 9-0 when leading at halftime.
  • North Florida will look to sweep the River City Rumble series vs. Jacksonville on Saturday, February 16th. The Ospreys are 6-1 vs. the Dolphins in the last three seasons.
  • UNF’s newcomer Ki Conner has had the hot hand for the Ospreys averaging 10.0 points in her last three games. Conner is leading the league in conference games in free throw percentage (.839). Teammate Fabiola Josil ranks No. 2 in the league in the same category, shooting .821 from the charity stripe.
  • Jacksonville has four players ranked in the top-20 in the A-Sun in rebounding with Jade Cargill leading the way with 8.0 rebound per game.
  • The Dolphins freshmen duo of Briona Brown and Queen Alford have proven themselves in conference play. Brown is averaging 5.5 rebounds in conference games and 1.1 blocks, while Alford is averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds.

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