01/03/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2020 15:06
By: Aury St. GermainKENNESAW, Ga. - With the best start since 2014-15, KSU women's basketball opens ASUN play against Stetson on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
• Saturday's matchup is a repeat of last year's ASUN Tournament quarterfinals, when the Owls upset the Hatters 67-59, becoming the second team in conference history to advance to the semifinals as a No. 7 seed.
• Kennesaw State is coming off a New Year's Eve walloping of Middle Georgia State, 88-49. was impressive for the Owls, scoring 21 points and snagging 14 rebounds. displayed impressive court awareness as she accounted for 10 assists.
• The Owls are looking for their first ASUN opening win since the 2016-17 season, when KSU beat Lipscomb 70-55 in Coach Berenato's first season at the helm. Since then, the Owls have fallen to NJIT (2018-19) and Lipscomb (2017-18)
• The matchup today offers a unique battle on the court, as KSU ranks first in the ASUN in field goal percentage (43.5), while Stetson boasts the league's best defense against shots (33.7).
• It has been a tale of two halves for the Owls this season. Starting hot has been a trend for KSU, as the Owls have outscored foes 423-356, but in the second half, the Owls find themselves in a 344-326 hole.
• has been incredible so far this season for Kennesaw State. She ranks 37th in the country in double-doubles with five in the 10 games that she has played. She has already collected an ASUN Player of the Week award, which came after week one of the season.
• One of the Owls' keys to victory this season has been rebounding the basketball. When Kennesaw State out-rebounds opponents, the Owls are 5-0 so far this season.
• The Owls are heading into conference play with a winning record for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when the team started 11-4.
• has displayed incredible vision this season for the Owls. The sophomore ranks first in the ASUN in assists per game (4.5), which ranks 76th in the country.
• A trend that continues from last season, rarely gets taken off the court. This season, she is averaging 38:32 minutes per contest, which ranks seventh in the country.
• During the summer, it was announced that the Owls were ranked No. 20 in the WBCA Academic rankings. The Owls were the sole program in the ASUN to receive the honor as well as the only program in the state of Georgia to be recognized on the list. KSU ended the season with a 3.54 GPA.
• The Hatters defense has been a driving force in their success this season, as they lead the ASUN in blocks per game (5.5) and field goal percentage defense (.337)
• Stetson is looking to end a two-game skid against the Owls, after falling to Bethune-Cookman (59-55) and Holy Cross (75-63).
• After opening the season in DeLand, the Hatters played four-straight games on the road, but in their last six, only one game has been away from their home court.
• Stetson is led by Day'Neshia Banks, who was a Preseason All_Conference member, started all 13 games and averages 18.2 points per game.