Troy Lands Three on SBC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team; Koranga Named First Team

TROY, Ala. – Felmas Koranga has been named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Women’s Basketball First Team, and Jasmine Robinson and Tiyah Johnson to the second team, the league office announced Thursday. 
 
Troy, which was named the preseason favorite to win the league by the coaches yesterday, is the only Sun Belt school represented by three players on the preseason all-conference teams.
 
“We are so proud of Felmas, Jasmine and Tiyah for receiving the honor of being selected to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team,” head coach Chanda Rigby said. “All three of these ladies are talented, have tremendous work ethics and are proven champions. It’s nice to see them receive this public honor.”
 
Felmas Koranga, Jr., F. 6-1, Nakuru, Kenya
Korgana averaged a double-double with 12.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in her debut season at Troy and was named the Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year in addition to landing on the All-Sun Belt Second Team. She ranked 27th nationally with 12 doubles-doubles, despite only playing in 23 games, in addition to finishing 20th in rebounds per game. Koranga ranked second in the Sun Belt in double-doubles, rebounds and rebounds per game.
 
She posted a season-best 20-points in Troy’s NCAA First Round game vs. Texas A&M and tied a single-game record for rebounds with 22 in the Sun Belt Championship game vs. Louisiana.
 
Jasmine Robinson, Sr., G, 5-6, Augusta, Ga.
Jasmine Robinson became the 25th member of Troy’s 1,000-point Club for her career after she averaged 11.2 points per game last season. Named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team following the season, Robinson added 2.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals while shooting 35 percent 3-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line. Robinson tallied a team-best 119 assists for the team that ranked 12th in the NCAA in total assists and 13th in assists per game. Her 119 assists ranked second in the Sun Belt, while her 4.6 assists-per-game ranked fourth. 
 
Tiyah Johnson, Sr., G, 5-10, Phenix City, Ala.
Tiyah Johnson started 26 games last season and finished second on the squad averaging 13.0 points, all while adding 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. An All-Sun Belt Third Team pick last year, Johnson scored in double-figures in 21 games and surpassed 15 points in 11 of those games, and she averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds in Troy’s three Sun Belt Tournament games en route to the title. Additionally, she had a season-long streak of nine straight games with double-digit points and scored at least 10-points in 14 of Troy’s 17 Sun Belt games.
 
The Trojans open the 2021-22 season on Tuesday, Nov. 9, against Talladega College in Trojan Arena. The official kick off to the season is Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. with Trojan Madness in Trojan Arena.
 
2021-22 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Awards
 
Preseason Player of the Year
Ty’Reona Doucet, Louisiana (Sr., F, Ville Platte, La.)
 
Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team
Aja Blount, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Northampton, Pa.)
Ty’Reona Doucet, Louisiana (Sr., F, Ville Platte, La.)
Brandi Williams, Louisiana (Jr., G, Lake Charles, La.)
Da’Nasia Hood, Texas State (Sr., F, San Antonio, Texas)
Felmas Koranga, Troy (Jr., F, Nakuru, Kenya)
 
Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team
Jireh Washington, Arkansas State (Jr., G, Memphis, Tenn.)
Kierra Brimzy, ULM (R-Jr., G, Natchitoches, La.)
Terryn Milton, UTA (Sr., G, Owasso, Okla.)
Jasmine Robinson, Troy (Sr., G, Augusta, Ga.)
Tiyah Johnson, Troy (Sr., G, Phenix City, Ala.)
 
Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team
Michaela Porter, App State (Sr., G/F, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Deaja Richardson, Coastal Carolina (Jr., G, Kernersville, N.C.)
Terren Ward, Georgia Southern (So., G/F, Jesup, Ga.)
Kennedy Taylor, Texas State (Sr., G, Dallas, Texas)
Lauryn Thompson, Texas State (R-Jr., F, Arlington, Texas)
 
2021-22 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Troy (11) – 142
2. Louisiana (1) – 124
3. UTA – 101
4. Texas State – 95
5. Little Rock – 92
6. App State – 87
7. Georgia State – 70
8. South Alabama – 66
9. Georgia Southern – 54
10. Arkansas State – 47
11. Coastal Carolina – 39
12. ULM – 19
 

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