Four Owls earn A-Sun honors

From staff and wire reports The Marietta Daily Journal 02.28.12 - 12:00 am   KENNESAW -…

Georgia (Feb 29, 2012)

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02.28.12 - 12:00 am

KENNESAW - Four members of the Kennesaw State basketball teams - two men and two women - were honored Monday or their accomplishments on the basketball court during the 2011-12 basketball season.

For the men, Markeith Cummings earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun Conference Second Team and Delbert Love was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman squad.

Redshirt-freshman Taylor Mills is the first member of the Lady Owls to be named A-Sun Freshman of the Year, and Kristina Wells joined Mills on the All-Freshman team.

Cummings, a junior, earned a spot on the All A-Sun Second Team for the third straight season, as he enters the week second in the league in scoring with 15.4 points per game. The third leading scorer in Owls history, Cummings was KSU's second leading rebounder with 5.3 rebounds per contest.

"I feel that Markeith is deserving of this award because of his consistency in this league over the past three seasons," Kennesaw State first-year coach Lewis Preston said. "I look forward to him stepping up on and off the floor and finishing off his A-Sun career on a positive note."

Love, the first signee of the Preston era is currently the leading scorer among freshmen in the A-Sun, finishing the season with 12.4 points per game. His 27 points against Missouri on Dec. 15 was the highest total by any player against the No. 8-ranked Tigers until late January.

Love is fifth in the A-Sun with 1.7 steals per contest, and is one of three unanimous selections to the All-Freshman team. "I'm very happy for Delbert being a unanimous selection for the All-Freshman team. It shows that hard work and consistency pays off," Preston said. "This signals the start of what I feel will be a great career for Delbert as an Owl."

Mills was the only member of the Lady Owls to play and start in all 29 games this season. She led Kennesaw State in several statistical categories, including points (12.3), assists (4.3), steals (2.2), and minutes played (38.4). She had one of her best games of her career on Dec. 3 at Lipscomb when she scored a career-high 28 points, to go along with five assists and four steals.

Mills also made her mark on the national stage finishing the regular-season third in the NCAA in minutes played per game. She also finished seventh among all Division I freshmen in steals and eighth in assists.

Wells finished her first season averaging 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Wells only trailed her classmate Mills in games played and started on the team with 28. Her best game of her young career came on Feb. 18 at North Florida when she recorded career-highs of 19 points and six steals.

"I think it is a great compliment to Taylor and Kristina being recognized by the other head coaches in the league for their contributions to our program," KSU women's coach Colby Tilley said. "For Taylor being the only unanimous pick, and being named Freshman of the Year, says a lot for her as a player, and for Kristina she has gotten better and better as the season has gone on. I am very happy for both Taylor and Kristina, and I see a bright future for the both of them."


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