Watson Earns Preseason Honors From A-10
Oct. 27, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball sophomore center Jasmine Watson has been recognized as one of the top players in the Atlantic 10 by the league's head coaches as she was named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 third team, it was announced on Wednesday. In conjunction with the A-10 women's basketball media day teleconference, the preseason teams and poll were unveiled by the Atlantic 10 this morning.
The league's reigning Rookie of the Year, Watson played in all 30 games in 2009-10, starting the final 16. She finished second on the squad in scoring last season with 307 points, an average of 10.2 per-game, and brought down a team-best 176 rebounds (5.9 per-game). She also registered 38 blocks for an average of 1.3 per-game.
Watson, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week a school-record four times, finished her rookie campaign as the leading freshman scorer in the Atlantic 10. In conference play, Watson averaged a team-best 13.0 points per-game to rank 10th in the conference.
The center scored in double figures 16 times in 2009-10 and had two 20-point games and two double-doubles, including a season-high 21 points against Fordham on Feb. 6. She was the team's leading scorer on six occasions and the leading rebounder 11 times.
In the preseason poll, Xavier was tabbed the conference favorite with 12 first-place votes. The Minutewomen were picked 11th and will open their 2010-11 campaign on Friday, Nov. 12, at home vs. George Mason at 5 p.m.