A-State's Morrill and Ruffins selected to College Sports Madness Sun Belt Preseason Team

From Arkansas State University

Senior forward Jane Morrill and freshman guard Jamie Ruffins of the Arkansas State women's basketball team have been selected to the 2013-14 College Sports Madness All-Sun Belt Conference Preseason Team the website announced Thursday.

Morrill received first-team all-conference recognition by the College Sports Madness, which placed five student-athletes apiece on its first and second teams. Ruffins was named as the publication's SBC Preseason Freshman of the Year while Western Kentucky's Alexis Govan was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year.

For the 2012-13 campaign, Morrill averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game and scored a squad-most 430 points in helping Arkansas state to a 15-15 overall record and second place in the SBC West Division race with a 12-8 conference division mark. The 6-1, post player also led the Red Wolves in field goal percentage (.512) and was second on the team on rebounds per game (5.4) and free throw percentage (.839). A starter in all 30 of A-State's contest, Morrill averaged 30.2 minutes per game and knocked down 20 3-pointers last season.

Morrill ranked seventh among the 2012-13 SBC's scoring leaders for all games and registered double-figure scoring in a team-best 25 contests last season with six being 20 points or more single-game performances.

Ruffins was a standout point for Little Rock Central High School where she averaged 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in four-year career. The Little Rock, Ark., was a two-time all-conference, all-state selection and was a three-time McDonald's Shootout selection. She was the No. 37 ranked point guard in the nation by ESPN's HoopsGurlz.

College Sports Madness covers all aspects of college sports from recruiting right up through the draft. College Sports Madness counts down the preseason's top 144 men's basketball teams annually with in-depth previews, related articles, and postseason tournament bracketology projections.  Weekly player awards, team rankings, and updated bracketology will be featured once the men's basketball season has started.

The online publication publicizes the collegiate sports of men's basketball, football, FCS football, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's soccer, women's soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey.  For more information, visit [http://www.collegesportsmadness.com.

Arkansas State, under head coach Brian Boyer, opens its 2013-14 season with two home exhibition contests versus Henderson State Oct. 28 and Arkansas-Monticello Nov. 4 at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.  Opening tipoff for both games is at 7:05 p.m. (CT). Season tickets for all 2013-14 A-State home games can be purchased by calling 1-888-ASU-FANS or online at AStateRedWolves.com<https://www.choicesecure03.net/MainApp/EventSchedule.aspx?SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_OEM_ID=7200&ClientID=asu&prod=ATHL>.