NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – The countdown to No. 1 continues as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Athletic Department takes a look back at the Top 10 moments of the 2018-19 season.
The list began with a duo of Wildcats being recognized among the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. It continues at No. 9 with another set of "first-timers".
The bar among JWU's student-athletes continued to be raised during the 2018-19 campaign as the nation took notice of two Wildcats and their outstanding athletic achievements.
At No. 9 – Savannah Jackson and Tianna Ayulo become their program's first All-America honorees.
Jackson and Ayulo returned in 2018-19 for their sophomore season looking to build off their first year at JWU – a year that saw both be named Sun Conference Freshman of the Year for their respective sports. During the 2018-19 campaign, these two second-year players etched their names among the nation's best.
Jackson set the table for these awards, garnering NAIA Women's Soccer All-America recognition as an honorable mention selection on December 4. Starting in all 17 games for the Wildcats, the native of Winter Haven, Florida, set the single-season school records for goals (28) and points (62) in 2018. She also added a career-high six assists. Jackson tallied 11 multiple-goal games, including four hat tricks. She registered eight game-winning goals, averaging 0.47 game-winners-per-contest (No. 4 in the nation). Jackson ranked No. 4 in the nation in total points, total game-winning goals, points-per-game (3.65) and goals-per-contest (1.65). Her averages in points and goals also ranked No. 2 in the Sun Conference. Jackson scored at least one goal in 13 contests and notched a point in all but two outings. A First-Team All-TSC selection earned conference offensive player of the week honors after scoring five goals in a pair of league victories (3-0 versus Warner – 10/17; 4-1 vs. Thomas – 10/20).
Ayulo followed that up by being named to the 2019 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Team (honorable mention) on March 12. Starting in all 26 games for the Wildcats, the native of Hollywood, Florida, averaged 20.6 points-per-game (No. 2 in the conference and No. 5 in the nation) and 8.6 rebounds-per-contest (No. 5 in the conference and No. 33 in the nation) en route to being named a First-Team All-Sun Conference selection. The second-year Wildcat was the only player in the Sun Conference to rank in the Top 10 in all four major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals). She averaged 3.9 assists-per-game (No. 7 in the conference) and 2.0 steals-per-contest (No. 8 in the conference). She produced nine double-doubles during the year and recorded the program's first triple-double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists versus Florida National (11/6/18). For her performance versus the Conquistadors, Ayulo was named the TSC Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
The athletic accomplishments of Jackson and Ayulo are our No. 9 moment of 2018-19.
Be sure to check back on Tuesday as we reveal moment No. 8.
Top 10 Moments of the 2018-19 Season
No. 10 -Audrey Gant and Savannah Jackson become the first Wildcats in school history to be named Academic All-Americans®.
No. 9 - Savannah Jackson and Tianna Ayulo become their program's first All-America honorees.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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