Women's Hoops Picked Tied for Fifth In A-Sun Preseason Poll

Oct. 31, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team has been picked to finish tied for fifth by the coaches and sixth by the media in the Atlantic Sun Conference, while junior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.) was voted by both groups to the preseason all-conference team, the league office announced today.

Campbell, last year's regular-season champion, has been picked by the media to repeat as champions, receiving 12 of 17 first-place votes, followed by last year's tournament champion Georgia State, which received four first-place votes. The coaches picked Georgia State as regular-season champion with five first-place votes, followed by Campbell with three. Along with Sungy, April Cromartie of Campbell, Kaisa Turre of Stetson and Marica Maddox of Georgia State selected by both groups to the all-conference squad. Campbell's Crystal Clary was picked by the media, while Georgia State's Evita Rogers was selected by the coaches. Cromartie was a unanimous pick to defend her crown as conference player of the year.

Sungy earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore after leading the league in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game. She also led the A-Sun with 10 double-doubles, ranked in the top ten in scoring at 11.0 points per game and ranked third in field goal percentage (.540). Last year, Sungy scored in double figures 18 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 12 games. She poured in a career-high 19 points against College of Charleston and corralled a school-record 18 rebounds against Bethune-Cookman and Troy State.

The Dolphins, who last year set a school record with 13 victories and tied for fourth in the league in only their second season, also return junior guard Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.), who led the A-Sun in 3-point field goals made. JU's lone senior, forward Lana Labura (Zagreb, Croatia), missed the first 16 games of last season, but came back strong to score 16 points in her first game and average 5.4 points over the last 12 games. The Dolphins' only sophomore, forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.), contributed immediately in her debut season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest off the bench.

JU will look to five junior transfers, including 6-1 center Veronique McMillan (Los Angeles, Calif.), and three freshmen, including Florida 6A Player of the Year Yvette Jackson (Sarasota, Fla.), to step up this season.

Media Poll
1. Campbell (12)        194 pts.
2. Georgia State (4)    176 pts.
3. Stetson              128 pts.
4. Troy State (1)       121 pts.
5. Belmont              113 pts.
6. Jacksonville         102 pts.
7. UCF                  99 pts.
8. Florida Atlantic     66 pts.
9. Jacksonville State   61 pts.
10. Samford             56 pts.
11. Mercer              21 pts.

2001-02 Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team POTY April Cromartie, Campbell (16) Kaisa Turre, Stetson Marica Maddox, Georgia State Kat Sungy, JU Crystal Clary, Campbell

2001-02 Predicted Tournament Champion Campbell (11)

Coaches Poll 1. Georgia State (5) 120 pts. 2. Campbell (3) 104 pts. 3. Troy State (2) 94 pts. 4. Stetson 86 pts. 5t. Jacksonville 68 pts. 5t. UCF 68 pts. 7. Belmont 64 pts. 8. Florida Atlantic 43 pts. 9. Jacksonville State 29 pts. 10. Samford 25 pts. 11. Mercer 22 pts.

Coaches Team POTY April Cromartie Kat Sungy, JU Marica Maddox, Georgia State Kaisa Tuure, Stetson Evita Rogers, Georgia State