Gamble, Boyer Tabbed as CSM SBC Preseason Favorites
JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Junior guard Aundrea Gamble of the Arkansas State University women's basketball team has been named to the 2014-15 College Sports Madness (CSM) All-Sun Belt Conference Preseason Women's Basketball Team the online collegiate news services announced Thursday morning.
The service also revealed A-State head coach Brian Boyer as its pick for SBC Preseason Coach of the Year. Appalachian State's Maryah Sydno was named the Preseason Player of the Year and Georgia State's Makeba Ponder was named as the service's Freshman of the Year for the league.
Gamble claimed first-team all-conference honors by College Sports Madness, which selected five individuals each to comprise the preseason All-SBC first and second teams. Gamble was also named the publication's All-Conference team at the end of the 2013-14 season and received three player of week honors throughout her first season in a Red Wolves uniform.
This past season, Gamble led Arkansas State with 18.9 points per game and was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after leading her team to a 22-12 record and an appearance in the WNIT postseason tournament. The 5-foot-9 backcourt player finished second on the team with 222 rebounds and also led the squad with 144 assists. She tallied a season-high 30 points three times and also had a double-double in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament against Western Kentucky.
A native of McKinney, Texas, Gamble was one of 60 freshmen and sophomores ranked among the 250 scorers in the NCAA rankings and had the 10th highest scoring average of all sophomores last year. She set a Convocation Center record by going 11-for-11 from the free throw line against Western Kentucky on Feb. 5, 2014 and nearly recorded the school's third triple-double in history with 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 8, 2014.
Boyer became the Sun Belt's all-time leader in conference victories last year with 137 victories, surpassing former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barrmore and Florida International coach Cindy Russo who previously held the record at 136 victories. The Red Wolves also earned a berth in the WNIT for the ninth time in the program's history and the fifth appearance under Boyer. A-State finished the year with 22 total victories, tied for the second most in school history, its 14 conference victories were the most ever by an Arkansas State women's basketball team.
The Red Wolves open the 2014-15 campaign with a pair of exhibition games against Truman State (Nov. 4) and Harding (Nov. 10) at the Convocation Center. The regular season officially gets underway Nov. 16 in the Preseason WNIT against Jackson State at the Convocation Center. Season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign are on sale at the A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance. The ticket office can also be contacted at 1-888-ASU-FANS.