The Hatters and Bulls meet for the second time this season when they clash in the second round of the WNIT on Sunday in Tampa. Stetson reached the second round after defeating Miami, 70-63, on Thursday while USF nipped North Carolina A& by a 56-50 margin on Friday. In the previous meeting between the Hatters and Bulls on Dec. 8, 2013, Stetson cut an 11-point second half deficit down to three and saw Jama Sharp’s potential game-tying 3-pointer hit the front of the rim as USF held on for a 72-68 victory. Brianti Saunders scored 22 points and Sasha Sims added 16.
Stetson in the WNIT
This is Stetson’s second appearance in the WNIT. The Hatters earned a WNIT bid following the 2012 season and lost 75-47 at FIU. Following Thursday’s win at Miami, Stetson is 1-1 all-time in WNIT play.
The All-Time Series - USF leads, 25-11
Today’s game is the 37th meeting in a series which dates back to 1978. USF has won eight straight in the series, including a 72-68 win in Tampa on Dec. 8, 2013. The Hatters last win in the series was a 74-63 victory on Nov. 23, 1997 in DeLand.
For the Season, Stetson has ...
• Won 27 games for the first time in school history (old record: 24 wins set last year)
• Posted its sixth 20-win season in school history (fourth in a row)
• Broken school records for most A-Sun wins (16), most road wins (11), and longest winning streak (16).
• Reached the post-season for the fourth consecutive season, and the fifth time in program history
With a Win Today, Stetson Will ...
• Advance to the WNIT third round to face either Villanova or George Washington
• Earn the second post-season win in program history
• Extend the school record for victories in a season to 28
Stetson went 8-1 on the road in conference play and has won a school-record 13 road games overall this season. At one point, the Hatters won nine straight on the road, tying for the sixth longest active road winning streak in the nation.
Quick Hitters: Team News and Notes
• Stetson has more wins than any other school in the state of Florida.
• Stetson ranks 17th in the NCAA in scoring (80.2) and 11th in field goal pct. (.465)
• Stetson has seven players averaging eight points per game or better.
• Amber Porter ranks fifth in the NCAA in blocks (3.7) and 33rd in field goal pct. (.544)
• Sasha Sims has played in a school-record 134 games (has not missed one in four years)
• Sasha Sims needs 16 points to reach 500 for the season, while Amber Porter is 24 points shy of 500. Only three players in Stetson history have scored 500 points in a season.
This season, Stetson is:
• 26-2 when scoring 70 points or more
• 27-3 when outscoring its opponent in the paint (48-3 over past two seasons)
• 27-2 when having more free throw attempts than its opponent
• 24-3 when leading at halftime
• 22-2 when outrebounding its opponent
Four Hatters Honored with A-Sun Postseason Accolades
Four members of the Stetson women’s basketball team were honored by the Atlantic Sun Conference with postseason awards on Monday, including Amber Porter (Woodbridge, Va.) who was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year, as announced by the league office. For the second straight season, the Hatters placed three student-athletes on the Atlantic Sun all-conference teams, but 2013-14 marks the first time ever that Stetson landed all three individuals on the All-Atlantic Sun First Team. Senior forward Sasha Sims (Fayetteville, Ga.), junior guard Jama Sharp (Mooresville, Ind.), and Porter were three of the six players named to the league’s first team. Porter was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team and was joined by guard Brianti Saunders (Hilliard, Fla.).
Sasha Sims Breaks School Points Record
With her 10 points against USC Upstate (March 14), senior Sasha Sims broke the school record for most career points. She currently has 1606 points, surpassing the previous record held by Michelle Michael (1570, 1985-89).
As a team, Stetson has put up some amazing offensive numbers this season. The Hatters are averaging 80.2 points per game, the highest total in the A-Sun and the 17th-highest mark in the NCAA. They have topped 80 points 17 times (a school-record), 90 points nine times, and 100 points three times. Prior to this season, the Hatters had not had a 100-point game since 1989.
Season Scoring Averages
At 79.9 points per game, this year’s team owns the second-highest season scoring average in school history. The 1988-89 team (80.3 ppg) holds the record.
Five in Double Figures - “It’s Hard to Guard”
After 33 games the Hatters still have five players averaging double figures in scoring - Sasha Sims (14.2), Amber Porter (14.0), Brianti Saunders (12.7), Jama Sharp (11.8), and Cherisse Burris (10.4). Stetson is the only team in the Atlantic Sun with five active players averaging double figures in scoring. All five rank among the top 25 scorers in the Atlantic Sun.
Freshman post player Amber Porter has had an incredible season to date, especially when it comes to blocking shots. Here are some notes on Porter’s blocking statistics:
• Her 3.8 blocks/game average ranks first in the A-Sun and fourth in the NCAA
• Her 129 blocks is the most of any freshman in the NCAA (fifth-highest freshman total all-time).
• Her 129 blocks is the highest single-season total in school history (surpassing old record of 72)
• Her 129 blocks is the third-highest career total in school history
• Her 129 blocks is the second-highest single-season total in A-Sun history (Danielle Hogue, 147)
• She has had at least two blocks in 30 of the 34 games
• She has recorded 6+ blocks 10 times. Previously, the Hatters have had a player record 6+ blocks in a game only four times total in school history.
• Her eight blocks vs. Palm Beach Atlantic and Kennesaw State tied the school single-game record
Atlantic Sun Single-Season Blocked Shots Leaders
1. Denise Hogue (CoC, ‘91-92) 147
2. Amber Porter (Stet, ‘13-14) 129
3. Katie Beth Pate (Lip, ‘03-04) 113
4. Teanna Robinson (Mer, ‘13-14) 112
5. S. Tomlinson (Troy, ‘97-98) 106
NCAA Freshmen Single-Season Blocked Shots Leaders
1. Brittney Griner, (Baylor, 2009-10) 223
2. Louella Tomlinson (St. Mary’s (CA), 2006-07) 156
3. Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan St., 2006-07) 145
4. Amber Harris (Xavier, 2006-07) 136
5. Amber Porter (Stetson, 2013-14) 129
6. Courtney Paris (Oklahoma, 2005-06) 119
NCAA Statistical Leaders
In the Mar. 21 release of NCAA national statistics, the Hatters ranked 18th in the nation scoring (79.9), 11th in field goal pct. (.462), 19th in field goal pct. defense (.359), and 21st in blocked shots (5.1). Amber Porter ranked fifth in blocks/game (3.8) and 31st in field goal pct. (.545), while Jama Sharp ranked 40th in assists (5.4), 37th in assist/turnover ratio (2.14), and 36th in steals per game (2.47).
Amber Porter has scored 476 points this season, the highest total by a Hatter freshman in school history. Brianti Saunders’s 431 points is the third highest total by a Hatter freshman in school history. Only Sally Bunyard’s 433 points in 1988-89 tops Saunders’s total for a Hatter freshman.
Sasha Sims Leading the Team
As the lone senior on the team, Sasha Sims has been leading the team both on and off the court. She has led the team in scoring in 13 of the 34 games this season, twice netting a career-high 28 points (Bethune-Cookman, Murray State). She ranks seventh in the A-Sun in scoring (14.2 ppg), and she has scored in double figures in 26 of the 34 games this season.
Jama Sharp With 10 Assists, Four Times
Coach Bria calls her the quarterback of the team, and so far she has delivered. Four times this season, junior Jama Sharp has recorded 10 assists in a game (vs. Stephen F. Austin, North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, and UNF). As of March 21, she ranked second in the A-Sun and 39th in the nation with a 5.4 assists/game average.
High Shooting Percentages
Stetson boasts five of the top 10 A-Sun leaders in field goal pct., including league-leader Amber Porter:
1. Amber Porter (Stet) .545
3. Cherisse Burris (Stet) .514
7. Sasha Sims (Stet) .471
9. Brianti Saunders (Stet) .467
10. C.J. Coddington (Stet) .452
Stetson went 14-1 at home this year and had a 15-game home court winning streak before the regular season finale. The Hatters are also 32-2 over their last 34 home games and 44-3 over their last 47 home games. All three losses during that span have come to Florida Gulf Coast.
Most Wins - State of Florida
Stetson’s 26 victories co-leads all Florida schools:
Florida Team Wins Next Game
1. Stetson 27 Mar. 23
Florida Gulf Coast 26 Mar. 22
3. Florida State 20 Mar. 22
USF 20 Mar. 23
5. Florida 19 Mar. 23
Four-Year Success Part I (Overall)
The Hatters have experienced quite a bit of success over the past four seasons, including:
• Four 20+ win seasons
• Four postseason appearances (2 NCAA, 2 WNIT)
• Two Atlantic Sun Conference Championships
• Four appearances in the Atlantic Sun Championship game
Four-Year Success Part II (State of Florida)
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Hatters have compiled a 94-40 record (.701). Only one other team in the state of Florida has more wins than Stetson during that stretch:
Team Wins Since 2010-11
1. Florida Gulf Coast 108
2. Stetson 94
3. Miami (FL) 91
4. Florida 81
Florida State 81
Only Stetson, FGCU, Miami, and UF have won 20+ games in each of the past three seasons.
Four-Year Success Part III (Atlantic Sun)
Over the past four seasons, Stetson is 54-19 (.750) in Atlantic Sun regular season games and 10-2 in A-Sun tournament games. The Hatters have reached the A-Sun Championship game all four years, winning it twice (2011, 2013).
In the fall signing period, the Hatters welcomed Keevana Edwards (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan School), Lashai Geeter (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King Jr. Senior HS), and Sarah Sagerer (Vocklabruck, Austria/The Rock School) to the program.
Hatters Add Two Transfers
Stetson also added 6-3 LaSalle University transfer Brittany Jenkins-Murray (Falls Church, Va.) and 5-7 Clemson University transfer Aisha Turner (College Park, Ga.) to Grant-in-Aid offers. Both will be eligible following the 2014 fall semester.