Buie, Gordon Enter Senior Year with Preseason Buzz

Buie, Gordon Enter Senior Year with Preseason Buzz

LAKE POINT, Ga.Brandi Buie and Kayla Gordon are entering their senior year with high marks from coaches around the ASUN Conference, as the two were pegged Preseason All-Conference, the league announced Wednesday.

The list also saw Jacksonville University picked to finish the regular season in second place, behind the reigning champions Florida Gulf Coast.  

"The fact that both Brandi and Kayla were recognized by the conference for their talents speaks a lot to the reputation that we are trying to build as a program," said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. "Both young ladies have been working extremely hard this pre-season and have been committed to setting a competitive tone every day in practice."

Buie was a unanimous selection to the preseason team, after increasing her scoring average from 8.5 points per game in the 2015-16 season to 12.4 a year ago. She ranked sixth in the ASUN in points and scored 20-plus in five games, three in league play, including a career-high 28 versus Lipscomb.

Buie also added 4.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 assist (fourth in ASUN) and 2.0 steals (second in ASUN) en route to second team all-conference honors.

She joins Gordon as the only seniors on the team who will have suited up for Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin for four years.

"This is our first recruiting class, so they have a great understanding of the standards that are set for the program and the JU way. Seniors on our team are expected to lead and they are committed to doing just that, both on and off the court."

Heavy on the glass and accurate from the floor, Gordon averaged 9.9 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds last season. She ranked second in the ASUN in boards, and also set the Dolphins' single-game mark in the category with 20 versus FGCU.

Gordon finished the season with eight double-doubles and possessed the second-best field goal percentage in the league at 53.5 percent.

Buie and Gordon will captain the Dolphins in their final season of collegiate action which begins Friday, Nov. 10, at N.C. State.

Jacksonville received two first-place votes in the league's coaches' poll and finished with 53 points behind FGCU's 62. The two met in the league semifinals a year ago, where the Dolphins narrowly fell, 68-64. Despite the decision, JU was invited to the WNIT as the ASUN's first-ever at-large bid.