Sheena Carpenter and Ashley Williams named to Atlantic Sun All-Conference team

March 8, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ashley Williams and Sheena Carpenter have been making history all season and it culminated today as both were named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference teams.

Williams was named to the first team while Carpenter made the second team as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Williams and Carpenter become the first set of Dolphin teammates to make all-conference team in school history.

The duo helped the Dolphins (10-17, 7-13 A- Sun) to their second-highest win total in school history and a berth in the A-Sun Tournament for just the second time ever

The Dolphins open the tournament on Thursday against second seeded Florida Atlantic at 4:15 p.m. in Dothan, Ala.

"It's a great individual honor for both of them," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "They carried us throughout the season and they have been our leaders all year. With their play, combined with the rest of the team's play during our late run, gave them a chance to get the two individual awards."

Williams became the first Dolphin to receive first team all-conference honors since Kat Sungy (2000-01) and the first player to receive A-Sun "Player of the Week" accolades twice in one season.

In A-Sun play, Williams ranks fifth in scoring (17.8 ppg), second in blocked shots (2.10) and field- goal percentage (.558), third in free-throw percentage (.824) and eighth in defensive rebounds (4.50 rpg). Williams has also tallied 11 20-point performances and six double-doubles this season.

Early this season, Williams tied a program record with 27 points (12-of-14 from the floor), nine rebounds, four steals and blocked shot in a 98-60 loss to USF on Nov. 23. She also tied the program record with 19 rebounds (Kat Sungy) against Savannah State on Dec. 12 and six blocks (Millica Milijkovic) at Campbell on Feb. 2.

"Ashley's been huge for us," said Dunn. "She's leading in points, block, rebounds, steals and field goal percentage. The players know she's our scorer and that she can get the ball almost anywhere on the court that she can score. She's really matured with her attitude and effort and that has helped as well."

Carpenter's second team all-conference accolades are the first postseason awards that she has earned in her career. Early this season, Carpenter was named to the A-Sun preseason all-conference team.

In A-Sun play, she ranks seventh in points (14.7 ppg) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.747). Overall in the conference, she is seventh in scoring (13.6) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.729).

In the JU career record books, Carpenter surpassed Lexie Richards (191 - 1999-04) as the all- time assist leader at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 12 and is currently sitting at 230. She is also third in points (990), rebounds (453) and free-throws made (220) and fourth in steals (97).

"I think it's huge for Sheena," Dunn. "I think she's been deserving of the award for years, but her team hasn't been successful. I think it's huge that she's doing her role, playing the point and the two guard position. She's been very coachable and she does a lot of things that people don't see on the stat sheet."