Women's Basketball Picked Sixth in A-Sun Preseason Polls

Oct. 30, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Sun South Division in both the Coaches and Media Preseason Polls announced by the conference office. Defending A-Sun champion Georgia State was the favorite in both polls in the North, while Florida Atlantic, which fell to Georgia State in the A-Sun finals last season, was a unanimous pick to win the South. Georgia State, who also boasts Preseason Player-of-the-Year senior forward/center Evita Rogers, was also tabbed to repeat as A-Sun Tournament champions.

The two polls were identical with UCF, Troy State, Stetson, Mercer and JU, respectively, following up Florida Atlantic in the South. Belmont, Campbell, Jacksonville State, Samford and Gardner-Webb trailed Georgia State in the North.

The Lady Panthers were the only team with two representatives on the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference Team, as senior guard Angelina Miller joined Rogers. Troy State junior center Thea Herring, Florida Atlantic senior forward Tamica Pierce and UCF senior guard Jessica Scala rounded out the squad.

JU, which finished 4-23 overall and 3-17 in conference play last season, are looking to rebound from an injury-plagued 2001-02 campaign. The Dolphins return their top two players in senior forward Kat Sungy (Arvada, Colo.), who averaged 13.0 points per game and led the A-Sun for the second-straight season with 10.5 rebounds per game, and junior forward Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.), who ranked sixth in the league with 14.8 points per game.

Senior center Veronique McMillian (Los Angeles, Calif.), who posted career highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds in last year's season finale against Troy State, also returns. Sophomore center Kara Donnell (Mattoon, Ill.), who averaged 9.0 points per game and an A-Sun freshman best 9.9 rebounds per game, and redshirt junior Lexie Richards (Mercer Island, Wash.), who led the A-Sun in three-pointers made and attempted as a freshman and sophomore, are eager to return to the court after suffering season-ending injuries last year.

The Dolphins open the 2002-03 campaign by hosting Morris Brown on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.