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DATE: OCT. 26, 2015


MEDIA NOTE: The conference will provide a Satellite Feed of interviews with head coaches and student-athletes from both mens and women’s basketball media days on Tuesday between 4-4:30 p.m. For women and 4:30-5:00 for men. Video will also be place on FTP. Information is attached. 


USF Women’s Basketball At American Conference Media Day

Head Coach Jose Fernandez, Courtney Williams, Alisia Jenkins and Laura Ferreira will be in Orlando to tipoff season Monday

TAMPA, OCT. 26, 2015 – Head coach Jose Fernandez, senior guard Courtney Williams, senior forward Alisia Jenkins and sophomore forward Laura Ferreira will represent the USF women’s basketball team at the American Athletic Conference Media Day on Monday.

The annual event takes place at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando and gets the 2015-16 season rolling for the American Athletic Conference, which boasts the defending national champion and a pair of preseason Top 25 ranked teams, including USF.

Media day coverage will begin Monday at 1 p.m. with a live video feed of Commissioner Mike Aresco's opening remarks followed by a panel discussion with the 11 head coaches moderated by ESPN’s LaChina Robinson. The Monday session will be streamed live on The American Digital Network free of charge.  

The American Digital Network
Fans can watch live coverage of Monday’s Coaches panels by visiting theamerican.org/Watch. The ADN will also be producing original video pieces from the event as well as interviews with players and coaches that will appear on its digital channels throughout the basketball season.

USF’s Social Media Coverage
Be sure to follow USF’s numerous social media accounts for the most up-to-date information and pictures from media day. Follow @USFWBB on Twitter and USF_WBB on Instagram.

Relevant Social Handles
The American on Twitter: @American_WBB,@American_Conf
The American on Facebook: www.FB.com/AmericanConf
The American on Instagram: @American_Conf
The American on Snapchat: @American_Conf
The American on Vine: American_Conf

@American_Conf on Snapchat
The official American Athletic Conference Snapchat channel will be used throughout the day. Make sure to follow @American_Conf to see behind the scenes action.

Preseason Poll
The 2015 American Women's Basketball Preseason Poll, as selected by members of the media, will be announced at 1pm ET on Monday, October 26, and will be available on TheAmerican.org and all American social media accounts.

Jose Fernandez’s 2015 women’s basketball team returns all five starters, including All-American Candidate Courtney Williams, from a team that posted a 27-8 (15-3 American) record in 2014-15 and finished the season in the top 25 rankings. The squad finished second behind eventual NCAA champion UConn in the American Athletic Conference and made an exciting NCAA Tournament run that saw USF top LSU in front of 5,560 fans in the Sun Dome in the NCAA regional round.

In 2015-16, the Bulls will be hosting their toughest schedule yet, including the opening rounds of the Preseason WNIT, along with perennial powers Penn State, Chattanooga, Oklahoma State and UConn making trips to Tampa. Season tickets, starting at just $65, are available for purchase online at USFBullsTix.com, by phone at 1-800-GoBulls or in person at the Gate B ticket office of the Sun Dome, with single game tickets going on sale in late September.

USF has made 11 postseason tournament appearances and had three NCAA Tournament berths in Head Coach Jose Fernandez’s 15 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to six 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 260 games. 




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I presume Auriemma voted USF #1 again (since he could not vote for his own team UCONN). LOL

Like last year, we are the favorite for 2nd place.



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Hopefully, we can at least split with UConn

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I don't know how they can say UCONN was the UNAIMOUS #1 choice when we received 1 vote. Of course, I'm sure Auriemma would have voted for his team, if he could. So, I won't argue the point.

Nice to see two USF players on the preseason all conference team. Alisia Jenkins and Courtney Williams, who was one of only two players to be a unanimous select



uconn vs texas
Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Pts.
1. UConn (10) * 100
2. USF (1) 91
3. Temple 76
4. East Carolina 75
5. Tulane 60
6. Tulsa 56
7. Memphis 50
8. SMU 29
9. UCF 28
10. Cincinnati 22
11. Houston 18
  Preseason Player of the Year  
  Breanna Stewart, F, Sr., UConn *  
  Preseason All-Conference Teams  
  First Team  
  Moriah Jefferson, G, Sr., UConn  
  Breanna Stewart, F, Sr., UConn *  
  Morgan Tuck, F, Jr., UConn  
  Alisia Jenkins, F, Sr., USF  
  Courtney Williams, G, Sr., USF *  
  Second Team  
  Kia Nurse, G, So., UConn  
  Jada Payne, G/F, Sr., East Carolina  
  I'Tiana Taylor, F, Sr., East Carolina  
  Ariel Hearn, G, Sr., Memphis  
  Ashley Clark, G, Sr., Tulsa  
  * unanimous selection  

ORLANDO, Fla. – On the heels of its 10th NCAA Championship, UConn is the unanimous favorite in the race for the 2015-16 American Athletic Conference title, which was announced in conjunction with the league's annual preseason media day.
UConn senior forward Breanna Stewart, the two-time Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award winner, was chosen unanimously as The American's Preseason Player of the Year and was one of four UConn players chosen to the preseason all-conference teams.

USF, which reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2015 and was The American's regular-season and tournament runner-up, was second in the preseason poll of the league's 11 head coaches.
UConn finished last season with a 37-game winning streak as the Huskies went 38-1 overall and 14-0 in the American Athletic Conference to complete a sweep of The American's regular-season and tournament titles on its way to its third consecutive national championship. It was UConn's eighth straight Final Four appearance and the 10th consecutive 30-win season for Geno Auriemma's squad, which won by an average of 40.6 points last year.
Four starters return from last year's team, including Stewart, who averaged 17.6 points per game and shot 53.9 percent from the field in 2014-15 and enters her senior year 40 points shy of 2,000 in her career. Stewart joins guard Moriah Jefferson (12.4 ppg) and forward Morgan Tuck (14.4 ppg) on The American's Preseason All-Conference First Team, while guard Kia Nurse (10.2 ppg) was a second-team selection.
wbb preseason poll

USF was second in the preseason poll with 91 points as head coach Jose Fernandez welcomes all five starters back from last year's team, which went 27-8 overall and was 15-3 in The American. The Bulls, who have played in the postseason 11 times in the last 12 years, will be led by guard Courtney Williams, who averaged 20.3 points per game to lead The American in scoring last season. Williams joins forward Alisia Jenkins (12.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg) – the only player in The American to average a double-double in 2014-15 – on the Preseason All-Conference First Team.
Temple was slotted for third in the preseason poll with 76 points as the Owls edged East Carolina by one point in the voting. The Owls and head coach Tonya Cardoza bring back four starters from a 20-win team, which advanced to the semifinal round of the WNIT. Temple went 12-6 in The American last year behind five players who averaged double figures in scoring, including guard Alliya Butts, who led the team with 12.3 points per game. 
East Carolina was fourth in the preseason poll with 75 points. Coach Heather Macy led the Pirates to their third straight 20-win season last year as East Carolina went 22-11 overall, 11-7 in The American, and reached the second round of the WNIT. Three of the top four scorers from last year return, including guard/forward Jada Payne, who was chosen to the All-Conference First Team in 2014-15. Payne averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.
Tulane was fifth in the preseason poll with 60 points. The Green Wave was an at-large selection to the NCAA Championship last season as coach Lisa Stockton's  squad finished the year at 22-11 overall and 11-7 in The American. Tulane ranked second in The American in scoring defense last season and has two starters returning from last year. Guard Kolby Morgan led the team in scoring as a freshman at 12.2 ppg.
Tulsa had 56 points to rank sixth in the preseason poll. Head coach Matilda Mossman led the Golden Hurricane to an 18-14 campaign in 2014-15 as Tulsa registered its first winning season since 2006. Hope are high for a return to postseason play as Tulsa has three starters back from last year's team, which reached the second round of the WNIT. Guard Ashley Clark, who was chosen to the Preseason All-Conference Team, averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Golden Hurricane last year.
Memphis was slotted seventh by the league coaches with 50 points. Head coach Melissa McFerrin will have one of the most experienced teams in The American at her disposal as the Tigers return all five starters and 96.8 percent of their scoring from last season. Guard Ariel Hearn leads the way after she averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 2014-15.
SMU was eighth in the preseason poll. Head coach Rhonda Rompola had an uncharacteristically young squad last year. With four starters returning, however, the Mustangs have proven players across the board. SMU, which has played in the postseason four times in the last seven years, will be led by forward Alicia Froling, who averaged 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a freshman last season.
UCF was ninth in the preseason ranking. Coach Joi Williams welcomes back the potent backcourt tandem of Zykira Lewis and Aliyah Gregory, who combined for 912 points and accounted for nearly half of the Knights' offensive output last season. Lewis finished as The American's second-leading scorer at 18.9 points per game.
Cincinnati was 10th in the preseason poll. Head coach Jamelle Elliott has her top two scorers from last year back for 2015-16 as guard Ana Owens averaged 11.7 points per game and guard Jasmine Whitfield finished at 9.9 ppg.
Houston was 11th in the preseason poll. Coach Ronald Hughey begins his second year on the Cougar bench and has the benefit of five returning starters from last season. Guard Jessieka Palmer averaged 9.6 points per game last year to lead the returning players.

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The 2015-16 season begins Nov. 13, while conference play begins with four league games Dec. 30. The American saw six of its 11 teams play in the postseason last season as UConn, USF and Tulane played in the NCAA tournament, while East Carolina, Temple and Tulsa were chosen for the WNIT.
The 2016 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship will take place March 4-7 at Mohegan Sun Areana in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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At 65 dollars (+100 dollar donation) this is by far the best deal at USF.. Watching a top 20 WBB team in the Sun Dome is going to be a blast this year.

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At 65 dollars (+100 dollar donation) this is by far the best deal at USF.. Watching a top 20 WBB team in the Sun Dome is going to be a blast this year.


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