GCAC Women’s Basketball Season Preview: Edward Waters Lady Tigers

GCAC Women’s Basketball Season Preview: Edward Waters Lady Tigers

GCAC Sports Information Director

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

2019 Record: 19-11 (6-8 GCAC)

2019 Finish: Fourth Place (Lost GCAC Quarterfinals)

Head Coach: Charmaine Wilson (Tenth Season / 145-111-1 Overall, 45-59 GCAC)

Top Returners:

·       La’Quanza Glover (Sr, G, Jacksonville, Fla.)

·       Sha’Kawanza Brown (Jr, G, Daytona Beach, Fla.)

·       Le’Terra Ransom (Sr, F, Jacksonville, Fla.)

 

Key Players Lost:

·       Mia Leite (Second in GCAC in points scored / third in GCAC in points per game, three-pointers and three-pointers per game / fifth in GCAC in field-goal percentage / sixth in GCAC in steals / eighth in GCAC in three-point field-goal percentage / ninth in GCAC in steals per game)

·       India Searls (Led GCAC in blocks and blocks per game / sixth in NAIA in blocks and blocks per game / ninth in GCAC in rebounds and rebounds per game)

·       Lexia Bell-White (Seventh in GCAC in assist-to-turnover ratio / top-20 in GCAC in three-pointers and three-pointers per game)

Top Newcomers:

·       Tyra Blair (Fr, G, Jacksonville, Fla.)

·       Teiyahna Hutchinson (Jr, G, Port St. Joe, Fla.)

·       Molly Ragle (Jr, F, Fleming Island, Fla.)

The Edward Waters College women’s basketball program finished in the top-half of the conference in 2019-20 despite a 6-8 GCAC record. The Lady Tigers expect to improve upon that total this year.

Coach Wilson’s decade in Jacksonville has resulted in seven consecutive winning seasons, three 20-win campaigns, and two GCAC Championship Game appearances but EWC is still searching for its first National Tournament berth since it joined the NAIA in 2010.

The Lady Tigers excelled at cleaning up the offensive glass and swiping turnovers, ranking second  in the NAIA for offensive rebounds per game (17.55) and eighth in steals per contest (13.41). On top of that, EWC was among the top-15 nationally in blocks per game (4.03), assists per game (17.07), steals (389) and turnover margin (5.79).

Edward Waters welcomes back seniors La’Quanza Glover and Le’Terra Ransom plus junior Sha’Kawanza Brown to campus.

Glover was an All-GCAC Second Team performer in 2019-20, leading the NAIA in offensive rebounds per game (6.50), notching the fourth-most double-doubles (20), the fifth-highest rebounds per game average (12.00) and finishing eight in total rebounds (312).

Brown was the eighth-most efficient floor general in the country last year as she averaged 5.72 assists a night and was inside the top-15 for total assists with 166. She was also just as effective on defense, snatching the ninth-highest steal count (107) and average (3.69) in the nation. On a GCAC scale, the Daytona Beach native topped the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.16) while racking up four double-doubles to place seventh in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Ransom was not a national commodity but she did plenty of damage in conference, posting the second-highest field-goal percentage (.436), sixth-most double-doubles (7), seventh-best rebounding total (206), ranking eighth for boards per game (7.36) and swatting away the tenth-most blocked shots (17).

EWC continues to focus on keeping local talent home with two JUCO transfers in Teiyahna Hutchinson and Molly Ragle along with incoming freshman Tyra Blair.

Blair averaged 4.6 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game over 27 games on First Coast High School’s varsity.

Hutchinson, Gulf Coast State College transfer, was 11th in the NJCAA a year ago in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) as well as posting 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds a night.

Ragle contributed averages of 4.5 points, 3.8 boards and 1.5 assists for St. Petersburg College last season while sporting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.2.

The orange and purple will begin its journey on December 13 and will only leave Florida once (January 21 at Voorhees) in eight non-conference competitions.

The women’s basketball previews will continue Monday with the Philander Smith Lady Panthers.

 

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