Tianna Ayulo Named Sun Conference Freshman of the Year; TSC Award Winners Announced

Tianna Ayulo Named Sun Conference Freshman of the Year; TSC Award Winners Announced

LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2018) – On the eve of The Sun Conference Women's Basketball Championship Presented by Olympus Insurance, the league announced its all-conference honors on Thursday highlighted by Johnson & Wales forward Tianna Ayulo being named this year's TSC Freshman of the Year. Ayulo also earned first-team all-league honors along with teammate Diamond Williams.

"I am extremely proud of both Diamond and Tianna," JWU Head Coach Kymberly Hope said. "They have been our two most consistent players this year and it showed tonight as they were honored along with some very talented young ladies in the Sun Conference. Diamond is a returning all-conference player and when the season started this year, I told her it's harder to get it the second time around. She told me she would be up for the challenge and was our hardest working player all season. Tianna is just an unbelievable talent, who I feel still really does not know how talented she truly is. She just brings it every day like it's nothing. This year has been a great year for JWU women's basketball. First, we make it to the final four and now we have two players named first-team all-conference as well as the freshman of the year. It is unbelievable"

Heading into the team's semifinal match with top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Southeastern of Friday, Ayulo is averaging 17.0 points-per-game (No. 4 in the conference and No. 35 in the nation). The native of Hollywood, Florida, is shooting 45.3 percent from the floor (No. 5 in the conference) and leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.1 boards-per-game (No. 4 in the conference and No. 37 in the nation). Ayulo finished the 2017-18 regular season with six double-doubles and seven 20-point outings, including a career-best 28 points versus Keiser on February 10. She also set a career high in rebounds at Keiser (January 6) with 14. Of the 27 games played this season, she has reached double-digit scoring 24 times.

Williams is averaging 16.3 points-per-game (No. 5 in the conference and No. 42 in the nation) on 40.6 percent shooting from the floor. She leads the team in total steals (72) which ranks No. 28 in the nation. She also is the team's top free-throw shooter with an 86.1 shooting percentage on the year (No. 11 in the nation). On Feb. 1, Williams became the school's all-time leading scorer, currently posting 1,568 points in four seasons with the Wildcats.

Williams was also named to the academic all-conference team. She is one of 14 student-athletes, who earned academic all-conference recognition for their work in the classroom.  To be eligible, the recipient must be at least a sophomore that has completed two semesters at their institution with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

 

First-Team All-Conference

Sarah Miller, Ave Maria

Brianna Gipson, Coastal Georgia

Abreona Cabell, Florida Memorial

Ashley Henry, Florida Memorial

Tianna Ayulo, Johnson & Wales

Diamond Williams, Johnson & Wales

Jaycee Coe, Southeastern

Ana Richter, Southeastern

Samara Auguste, St. Thomas

Katie Rienas, St. Thomas

 

 

Second-Team All-Conference

Lauren Gillingham, Ave Maria

Solrun Gisladottir, Coastal Georgia

Danielle Bailey, Florida Memorial

Donivan Dyson, Keiser

Midori Long, Keiser

Emma Karamovic, Southeastern

Halee Printz, Southeastern

Marlena Schmidt, Southeastern

Keiana Brooks, St. Thomas

Kriza Allen, Thomas

I'munique Green, Warner

Ashley Perry, Webber Intl.

 

 

Player of the Year – Ana Richter, Southeastern

 

Coach of the Year – Tim Hays, Southeastern

 

Defensive Player of the Year – Samara Auguste, St. Thomas

 

Freshman of the Year – Tianna Ayulo, Johnson & Wales

 

Champions of Character – Charisa Broadway, Warner

 

 

Academic All-Conference

Lauren Gillingham, Ave Maria

Sarah Miller, Ave Maria

Lynsey Washington, Coastal Georgia

Danielle Bailey, Florida Memorial

Abreona Cabell, Florida Memorial

Diamond Williams, Johnson & Wales

Caity Riley, Keiser

Ana Richter, Southeastern

Sarah Beth Richter, Southeastern

Keiana Brooks, St. Thomas

Charisa Broadway, Warner

Kashari James, Warner