Tianna Ayulo and JoNae Gonzales-Smith Earn All-Conference Honors

Tianna Ayulo and JoNae Gonzales-Smith Earn All-Conference Honors

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2019) – The Sun Conference announced its 2018-19 all-conference teams on Wednesday and sophomore Tianna Ayulo and senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith were among the 20 student-athletes voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.

Ayulo, a first-team selection, started 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. 6 in the nation) and 8.6 rebounds-per-contest (No. 5 in the conference and No. 36 in the nation). The second-year Wildcat is 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. 7 in the conference). Shooting 49.3 percent from the floor (No. 6 in the conference and No. 29 in the nation), Ayulo became the first player in JWU history to score 500-or-more points in a single season (535). She also became the fourth player in Wildcat history to register 1,000 points in a career (1,024). Ayulo scored in double-figures in all but one game and reached the 20-point plateau 14 times. She also scored 30-or-more points three times, including a career-high 33 points at Warner (1/10/19). 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.

Gonzales-Smith, a second-team honoree, started all 26 games for JWU. A two-time TSC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, Gonzales-Smith averaged 18.1 points-per-game (No. 4 in the conference and No. 17 in the nation) and 5.7 rebounds-per-contest. The native of Richmond, California, shot 42.0 percent from the floor (No. 9 in the conference) and converted 37.9 percent of her attempts from 3-point range (No. 5 in the conference and No. 46 in the nation). Gonzales-Smith led all Wildcats with 77 treys in 2018-19, averaging 3.0 3-point buckets-per-game (No. 3 in the conference and No. 14 in the nation). She drained 4-or-more 3-pointers in 10 games this season. Averaging 3.6 assists-per-game (No. 8 in the conference), Gonzales-Smith dished out 4-or-more assists 11 times, including a career-high eight versus Southeastern (1/26/19). The senior guard notched three double-doubles on the year and scored 20-or-more points nine times. She reached double-digits in scoring 22 times. Of the 20 30-point games in the Sun Conference this season, Gonzales-Smith recorded four of them (20.0 percent).

 

2018-19 Women's Basketball All-Sun Conference Teams

First Team      
Sarah Miller  Ave Maria Jr. Canton, Ohio
Brianna Gipson Coastal Georgia Sr. Brunswick, Ga.
Brianna Battle Florida Memorial So. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Kanesha Battle Florida Memorial Jr. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Tianna Ayulo Johnson & Wales (Fla.) So. Hollywood, Fla.
Donivan Dyson Keiser Sr. Columbus, Ga.
Makenzie Cann Southeastern Sr. Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Elsa Paulsson-Glantz Southeastern R-Sr. Lulea, Sweden
Samara Auguste St. Thomas Sr. West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ebony Griffin St. Thomas Sr. Miramar, Fla.
       
Second Team      
Katie Houbolt Ave Maria Sr. Oak Lawn, Ill.
Ayshia Baker Coastal Georgia Sr. Lakeland, Fla.
Solrun Gisladottir Coastal Georgia So. Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
JoNae Gonzales-Smith Johnson& Wales (Fla.) Sr. Richmond, Calif.
Midori Long Keiser Jr. Mebane, N.C.
Jaycee Coe Southeastern Sr. Gainesboro, Tenn.
Halee Printz Southeastern Sr. Tipp City, Ohio
Marlena Schmidt Southeastern Jr. Eighty Four, Pa.
Micah Garvin Thomas Sr. Longwood, Fla.
Taniya Patrick Webber International Fr. Baltimore, Md.