Thursday, November 06, 2008
MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast / Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) announced an expanded slate of women’s basketball contests that feature every member institution on the channel during conference play.
The six-game series spans 31 days starting with the Jan. 22 contest between UNF and Stetson. Lynn Bria returns to the conference as the Hattters’ head coach replacing Dee Romine. Bria went 50-36 in three years at UCF including a 20-win season in 1998-99. Six days later, the spotlight shines on the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year as Kennesaw State senior forward Britteny Henderson leads the Owls against their intra-state rival, Mercer, in Macon, Ga. Henderson averaged 18.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the floor in two games against the Bears last year.
"We are very pleased to be able to deliver a full slate of women's games with our partners at CSS," Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. "Our women's programs continue to grow and this is a tremendous way to share the A-Sun action with basketball fans throughout the southeast."
The February slate of games opens with a pair of contests on the 2009 General Shale Brick A-Sun Championship floor as Lipscomb hosts Belmont in the latest edition of the Battle of the Boulevard on Feb. 10. Lipscomb won two of the three meetings last year winning the rubber match in the A-Sun Championship quarterfinal contest after each team won on the other’s home floor. The Lady Bisons host the defending regular-season and postseason champion ETSU Lady Bucs on the 13th. ETSU eliminated Lipscomb in the semifinals of the 2008 A-Sun Championship en route to the title and return Tournament MVP Latisha Belcher and preseason All-Atlantic Sun performer Siarre Evans.
The regular-season package concludes with a doubleheader on Feb. 21 starting with USC Upstate getting its first look at Campbell’s brand-new John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center. The Spartans return the conference’s leading scorer from last season in Courtney Hawkins. As a sophomore, she averaged 16.4 points per game. Immediately following the Camels and Spartans, a pair of 20-win teams from last season meet in Jacksonville, Fla., when Jacksonville hosts FGCU. While the Dolphins return a strong nucleus from last year’s runner-up finish at the A-Sun Championship including Virginia Gregoire, the Eagles must replace four starters and nine letter winners from a team that won 23 games and advanced to the second round of the WNIT in their first season at the Division I level.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.