Georgia State women’s basketball picked fourth in Sun Belt preseason poll

Georgia State women's basketball players, from left, Brittany Logan and Alisha AndrewsPhoto credit: Georgia State Athletics
Georgia State women’s basketball players, from left, Brittany Logan and Alisha Andrews
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

Release from Georgia State Athletics:

A pair of Georgia State seniors were picked to the All-Sun Belt Conference preseason team, while the women’s basketball team was voted to finish fourth by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

GSU’s 6-foot-4 center Brittany Logan was named to the second team while point guard Alisha Andrews was named to the third team.

Arkansas State, last year’s regular season champ, was voted to finish first by the league’s coaches with Arkansas State’s Aundrea Gamble carrying the Player of the Year expectations into the 2014-15 season.

“I expect both these honorees to be hungry to finish their college career on a high note,” coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “Logan can be a real match-up problem for most teams with her size down low and is effective on defense as well. Andrews is dependable and sets the tempo for the whole game. She’s effective making steals on defense, directing the offense and passing, or stepping up and scoring when we need it.”

Logan averaged 12.1 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game over the final 14 games of last season and finished with 11 double-double games. She led the Sun Belt Conference in offensive rebounds (3.3) and was second in total rebounds (8.8). Last year was her first year at Georgia State after earning NJCAA All-America recognition at Georgia Perimeter.

Andrews, the smallest player in the league at 4-foot-11, led the Sun Belt Conference in assists (4.6 per game) and was second in steals (2.4). She has produced 1,008 career points with 50 double-figure scoring games and has made 170 3-point baskets in her career. A deft passer, she has 466 career assists and brings a streak of 97 consecutive games played into the 2014-15 season.

Georgia State returns 12 letterwinners and five seniors from last year’s fifth-place team (8-10).

“The team has made great strides since last March and have a lot of pride and determination,” Baldwin-Tener added. “The veterans understand the intensity and level of play required every practice and every game and they have a drive to succeed it appears.

“Overall, we have depth and leadership, good athleticism to play aggressive defense and a work ethic to be prepared for challenges ahead,” coach noted.

Predicted Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)

  1. Arkansas State (9) – 118 pts
  2. UALR (2) – 112 pts

  3. Texas State – 93 pts

4. Georgia State – 82 pts

  1. Troy – 70 pts
  • UL Lafayette – 64 pts

  • South Alabama – 49 pts

  • Appalachian State – 47 pts

  • UT Arlington – 44 pts

  • Georgia Southern – 27 pts

  • UL Monroe – 20 pts

  • All-SBC Preseason First Team

    Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)

    Taylor Gault (UALR, Senior, Guard)

    Ashley Beverly-Kelley (Troy, Junior, Guard)

    Maryah Sydnor (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)

    Erin Peoples (Texas State, Junior, Guard)

    All-SBC Preseason Second Team

    Hanna Qedan (Arkansas State, RS-Senior, Guard)

    Keke Veal (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)

    Brittany Logan (Georgia State, Senior, Center)

    Anna Claire Knight (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)

    Kiera Clark (UALR, Senior, Forward)

    All-SBC Preseason Third Team

    Breanna Hall (South Alabama, Senior, Guard)

    Alisha Andrews (Georgia State, Senior, Guard)

    Ayriel Anderson (Texas State, Junior, Guard)

    Kia Wilridge (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)

    Rachel Cumbo (South Alabama, Junior, Guard)

    Preseason Player of the Year

    Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)

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