Senior guard Breana Turner is the team's top returning scorer
Oct. 6, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - Head Coach Chancellor Dugan greeted a mixture of experienced returning players and talented newcomers as the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team started preparations for the 2011-12 season. The squad began team organized practices this week after a few weeks of individual workouts.
Twelve returning players and two new additions has the team and coaching staff enthusiastic about the upcoming season.
"Having the majority of the team returning has really helped as far as continuity and being focused on team goals," said Dugan, entering her 13th season on the Owls' sideline.
The team worked on defensive communication and post defense this week in practice. Considerable time was also played toward improving each player's physical conditioning and basic fundamentals of the game - areas that will be key points throughout the season.
Dugan likes the way the team has started the preseason practices. "They are taking ownership of the team with each one having a positive demeanor," said Dugan. "They are also working together to make the drills successful."
Senior guard Breana Turner is the team's top returning scorer (9.3 points per game) after reaching double figures as a scorer in 11 games last season. The New Orleans native had a career-high 22-point game against Saint Louis University.
Senior forward Vontrice Dennis recorded three double-doubles and led the Owls with in rebounding (6.8 per game) and ranking third in scoring (8.3 ppg). Fellow senior post player April Goins had a double-double (10 points and 16 rebounds) in last year's Sun Belt Conference tournament game against Arkansas State University. Goins had a 25-point performance against South Florida conference rival FIU.
Redshirt sophomore post player Chenise Miller will look to make an impact after sitting out last year after transferring from Eastern Michigan University. Junior forward Kelsey Proctor, the Owls' tallest player at 6-foot-3, joins the team after a successful season at John Wood Community College (Mo.). Both players should improve the team's play at the post position.
"We're encouraged to get everyone together and start working toward a common goal: Winning the Sun Belt Conference championship," Dugan said. "We have the talent, experience and commitment to get the job done this season. Now, we have to put forward the hard work to get us ready to accomplish our goals for the season."
FAU opens the season on November 11 against Warner Southern at 7 p.m. from the FAU Arena. The team will have away games against the University of Kansas and University of Michigan in a competitive schedule that features seven opponents that qualified for postseason play last season.
Find out more about the upcoming schedule here.