A Deeper Look Into the 2013 #ASunWBB Championship

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Championship is set to get underway on Wednesday, March 6th with the regular season concluded and FGCU claiming the season title and the No. 1 seed.

Mercer is hosting the 2013 A-Sun Championship in Macon, Ga. The last time a tournament host won the championship was in 1998 with FIU taking the crown in Miami, Fla.

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

  • The Eagles made history with becoming the first team in the A-Sun to record back-to-back undefeated conference seasons with an 18-0 record. FGCU comes into the tournament a No. 1 seed facing No. 8 Kennesaw State in the quarterfinal match on Wednesday. FGCU is currently riding a 19-game winning streak, which is tied at No. 4 in the nation for longest winning streak.
  • Including its 2012 Atlantic Sun Championship run, FGCU has now won 39 consecutive games vs. A-Sun opponents. The Eagles have won 36 straight regular season conference contests, which ranks as the second longest streak in the country behind defending national champion Baylor (40).
  • Kennesaw State is making its fourth appearance in the A-Sun Championship. The Owls won their first tournament game in 2012 with a 51-49 decision vs. North Florida in the quarterfinals.
  • KSU’s Sametria Gideon has scored a double-double in 14 games this season. Gideon is averaging 11.2 points per game and 10.4 rebounds and is just one of three players in the country to be a school’s career point and rebound leader.
  • Last year he Eagles faced the Owls in the semifinals where FGCU came away with a 76-53 victory to move on to the finals where they defeated No. 2 seed Stetson for the championship title.
  • The Eagles Sarah Hansen finished the season ranked No. 1 in the league in scoring with 17 points per game, while teammate Kennedy averaged 2.9 steals per game this season; No. 1 in the A-Sun.
  • Jacksonville landed the No. 6 seed led by freshman Queen Alford who led all A-Sun freshmen in scoring and rebounding with 11.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds.
  • JU has reached the A-Sun Final in three of the last five championships but have yet to win the title.
  • Stetson clinched the No. 2 seed in the championship for the third straight season. The Hatters will face No. 7 seed ETSU in their quarterfinal match-up.
  • Both the Hatters and the Buccaneers have each won the A-Sun Championship three times. Four of the last five A-Sun Championships have gone to either Stetson or ETSU.
  • In ETSU’s and Stetson’s last tournament meeting, No. 1 ETSU defeated No. 8 Stetson in the first round of the 2010 A-Sun Championship, 84-49.
  • Stetson’s Victoria McGowan was selected as the 2012 A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year after earning the 2012 Player of the Year nod at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. This year, McGowan leads the league in three point field goals per game with 2.1 respectively.
  • The Bucs have five players ranked in the top-15 in the A-Sun in blocked shots. Tosha Austin leads the team with 1.2 blocks per game.
  • The Bears are making their first appearance in Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Championship since 2010, where they entered as the No. 2 seed and were upset North Florida.
  • The Bears 13-game win improvement from six wins in 2011-12 to 19 wins this season is the biggest turnaround in the country.
  • Mercer is led by Precious Bridges, who leads the league in scoring in conference games with 16.7 PPG and Sharnea Boykin who is averaging a dominating 8.2 assists per game in league play.
  • USC Upstate will face North Florida in the four/five match-up in the A-Sun Championship. The Spartans are making their second appearance in the A-Sun Championship in just their second year of eligibility.
  • Upstate’s senior Tee’Ara Copney leads all active A-Sun players in career points with 1,625 total points. Copney ranks No. 13 all-time in scoring in the A-Sun record books and is just 17 points away from moving up to the No. 12 spot.
  • In 2010, UNF its first A-Sun Championship final as a No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Ospreys narrowly fell to No. 1 ETSU 63-62.
  • North Florida’s senior guard Jadhken Kerr scored her 1,000th career point in the last game of the regular season with a nine point performance vs. Lipscomb. Kerr surpassed the 1,000 point plateau with a three point basket and now has 260 career three-point field goals; ranked No. 3 in the A-Sun.

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