Nov. 5, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team returned a core unit of upperclassmen last season, which featured 17 victories, a postseason appearance and a second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division. The Owls are striving to have another banner season in Boca Raton.
The program is now led by first-year Head Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay and a coaching staff that features successful stints at the collegiate, AAU and high school levels. In preparation for the 2012-13 season, FAUSports.com examines the frontcourt players that will be taking to the court for FAU. An all-conference player and height highlight the forward position, with the Owls having two players that stand 6-foot-2 inches or taller.
Chenise Miller stands front and center – literally -- on the Florida Atlantic roster. The redshirt junior from Oak Park, MI led last year’s team in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and blocked shots (28). In fact, her rebounding average was the seventh best in the conference. Miller earned second-team All-SBC accolades last season, and she was named a preseason all-conference choice in 2012-13 by the league coaches.
“Everybody knows about Chenise and what she can do on the court,” said Lewis-Jay. “We are trying to improve her game so that she becomes more versatile and more of a threat on the court. So far in the preseason practice, it has been fun to watch her no longer being so one-dimensional.”
As a team leader, Miller has also helped develop her backup and eventual replacement, freshman center Jasmine Queen. The 6-foot-2 inch Riverview, FL native averaged nearly a double-double (13.3 ppg/9.9 rpg) last winter at East Bay High School. Queen earned first-team Federal Division honors in the all-Western Conference and was an honorable mention all-county selection by The Tampa Bay Times.
“All we’re asking Jasmine to do is work hard and get better every day,” said Lewis-Jay. “Going up against Chenise every day in practice will make her a better player.”
Senior Kelsey Proctor is the Owls’ tallest player at 6-foot-3 inches. The St. Louis native played in 15 games last season and is seeking more playing time with only four post players on the roster.
Rounding out the unit is junior Shanequa Schrouder, who has the skills to play the guard or post positions. She earned all-region honors last season at Daytona State College.
Read the preview on Florida Atlantic’s guards here.
The Owls open the regular season at Georgia Southern University on Friday, November 9, at 8:30 p.m. All of the team’s games can be heard here. Season and single-game tickets can be purchased here or by calling the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.