Willis Voted Defensive Player Of The Year, Blakely & Jackson Also Honored For Projected Division Winners

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Tuskegee University women’s basketball program were second behind only Benedict for the most All-Conference representatives as JuToreyia Willis (Defensive Player of the Year, First Team), India Blakely (First Team) and Ashiala Jackson (Second Team) were selected for the projected SIAC West champion Tigerettes.
 

JuToreyia Willis (SIAC DPOTY)

Willis, a former Jacksonville State transfer, ranked fifth in the nation for steals per game (3.38) and top-40 for total steals (44) while leading the SIAC in blocked shots a contest (1.31) as well as slotting in second for total blocks (17) and assists (50). The Chattanooga, Tennessee native was top-four in the SIAC regarding assist-to-turnover ratio (1.09) plus assists per game (3.8) and shot 36.8% (42-of-114) from the floor while averaging 8.5 points and 6.2 boards per game in 2020-21. She was critical in the Tigerettes effort to dethroning the Lady Tigers as she had a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double in an overtime victory at Benedict on February 18 last season.

Blakely, a senior from Troy, Alabama, ranked top-25 nationally regarding assists per game (5.2) to lead the conference, placed second in the league with a 80.6 free throw percentage and a 1.38 assist-to-turnover ratio plus was third for free throws made (54).

Jackson, hailing from Merrillville, Indiana, slotted among the top-15 in the NCAA for field goal percentage (58.2%), top-35 in double-doubles (7) and top-45 regarding both defensive rebounds per game (6.7) plus total boards a contest (9.4). The redshirt junior topped the SIAC in field goals made (99), placed second for points per game (17.9) and total rebounds (131), finished third regarding free throw percentage (78.4%) and was top-five in total blocks (12) along with blocks per game (0.86). She was consistently excellent all year long, producing double-figure points in 12-of-14 appearances, 20-plus on five occasions and hung 36 over 38 minutes on Benedict College while going 15-for-19 (78.9%) from the floor in an overtime win on February 18.
 

Women's Basketball All-SIAC (2021-22)

The preseason poll has the defending conference champions capturing the SIAC West, ahead of other competitors Miles, Kentucky State and Central State.
 

SIAC West WBB Projection

Head Coach Trelanne Powell and the trio of superstars open its title defense at home as part of the SIAC/GSC Crossover against Delta State and Mississippi College from November 12-13.
 

Preseason Poll
 
East
1. Benedict
2. Savannah State
3. Clark Atlanta
4. Fort Valley State
5. Albany Stat
6. Allen (Provisional Member)
7. Edward Waters (Provisional Member)
 
West
1. Tuskegee
2. Miles
3. Kentucky State
4. Central State
5. Lane
6. LeMoyne-Owen
7. Spring Hill
 
Preseason Player of the Year
Ay’Anna Bey (Benedict)
 
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
JuToreyia Willis (Tuskegee)
 
Preseason All-SIAC First Team
Ay’Anna Bey (Benedict)
Keondra Archie (Benedict)
Le’Andrea Gillis (Savannah State)
India Blakely (Tuskegee)
JuToreyia Willis (Tuskegee)
 
Preseason All-SIAC Second Team
Ayanna Armstead (Benedict)
Wykeria Johnson-Kelly (Benedict)
Amari Heard (Savannah State)
Ashiala Jackson (Tuskegee)
Diamond Jones (Fort Valley State)
 
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