KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State ladies’s basketball travels to Boca Raton for its fourth consecutive highway recreation to tackle the Florida Atlantic Owls Friday at 7 p.m. at Eleanor R. Baldwin Area.
KSU and FAU have met 4 occasions, with Florida Atlantic holding a 3-1 benefit within the collection. The 2 groups met final season in Kennesaw, as FAU earned the 63-45 victory. Amani Johnson paced Kennesaw State with a game-best 19 factors and 6 rebounds. KSU final performed in Boca Raton on Nov. 14, 2010, because the Owls knocked off FAU 65-64.
File-Setting Residence Efficiency
Second-year head coach Octavia Blue has proven what her offense is able to early on because the Owls’ offense has rewritten the Kennesaw State file books with a pair of 100-point outbursts in simply over a yr on the helm. The Owls hit the century mark for the second time in KSU DI historical past within the residence opener on Nov. 7, in a 100-57 win over Center Georgia State. The Owls knocked down 11 three-pointers, tied for the fourth-highest complete and grabbed 61 rebounds within the win, the second-highest in KSU historical past.
Johnson Aiming for KSU Scoring File
Getting into the 2022-23 season, Amani Johnson is poised to interrupt the Kennesaw State file for many factors scored in program historical past. Johnson at present sits with 1,388 factors and solely wants 66 extra factors to move Alexis Poole for the file. She already holds the KSU Division I file for assists (506), steals (214), and minutes performed (4,222).
Scoring Weapons Return to Kennesaw State
The Owls return 73.8% of their scoring from a yr in the past. Graduate guards Amani Johnson and Jah’Che Whitfield mixed for 602 complete factors in KSU’s offense final season, with Johnson scoring over 300 factors and Whitfield chipping in 235. 4 totally different Owl gamers amassed greater than 100 factors final yr, together with Bre’Lyn Snipes (158) and Stacie Jones (125). By 4 video games this season, Whitfield (10.5 factors), Johnson (7.6 factors), Lyndsey Whilby (7.6 factors), Jones (6.4 factors) and Snipes (6.0) lead the KSU offense by means of 5 video games.
Energy 5 Inflow
Kennesaw State made some new additions to the workforce this offseason, signing two guards and two forwards who transferred from Energy 5 faculties. Former Purdue guard and Georgia native Lyndsey Whilby returns residence to play her graduate season at Kennesaw State. Whilby has gotten off to a fast begin at KSU, posting her first profession double-double with 20 factors and career-best 14 rebounds in opposition to Center Georgia State. Keyarah Berry, a sophomore guard from Indiana, appears to be like to spark the KSU offense to new heights as she scored 3,340 factors in her highschool basketball profession, which ranks second all-time within the state of Georgia. Junior ahead Kyndall Golden beforehand performed 9 video games at Vanderbilt, averaging 15.7 minutes per recreation in her sophomore season. Sophomore ahead Taylor Cullinan additionally returns to her native Georgia after enjoying six video games at Alabama and a formidable profession at North Paulding Excessive College.
Owls Welcome New Assistant Coaches
The Owls added two new assistant coaches this previous offseason. Malikah Willis joins the Owls with over 20 years of teaching expertise from 10 totally different faculties, together with West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Composed as a high-profile recruiter and veteran coach, Willis helped assemble seven top-25 recruiting courses and coached 16 student-athletes to all-conference honors, together with 5 future WNBA draft picks. Drew Landers brings seven years of Division I teaching expertise to KSU as a former assistant coach at USC Upstate for the earlier two seasons. Landers improved the Spartans’ win complete by 14 video games, ending with a file of 22-8, in addition to serving to participant recruitment and improvement on a nationwide degree.
Florida Atlantic is off to a 4-1 begin, its greatest because the 2015-16 season, and one of the best for head coach Jennifer Sullivan in her second yr on the helm of the Owls. FAU is midway by means of a six-game homestand and sits undefeated at 3-0 within the newly named Eleanor R. Baldwin Area. Forwards Janeta Rozentale and Aniya Hubbard co-lead the workforce in scoring with 59 factors every, rating 18th and 19th respectively amongst all C-USA gamers. Freshman heart Dyllan Hanna is exhibiting indicators of promise by placing up 32 factors and beginning in all 5 video games for Florida Atlantic up to now this season. FAU ranks second in scoring protection within the convention, and first in defensive rebounds, averaging 31.2 per recreation. Janeta Rozentale, a redshirt senior ahead from Latvia, leads the workforce in assists (14), steals (6), and blocks (5). She is tied for the workforce lead in scoring with freshman ahead Aniya Hubbard, who’ve each scored 59 factors every.