GLASSBORO, NJ – Seniors Alexis Kriley and Juliette Tobin and juniors Grace Marshall, Ayanna Johnson and Kennedy Brown have been named captains of the 2020-21 Rowan women’s basketball team.
“This is the Gold and Brown season for our senior captains Alexis and Juliette,” stated interim head coach Demetrius Poles. “They are willing to do whatever it takes to build on our NJAC title and to go deeper in the NCAA tournament. Kennedy, Grace and Ayanna will be major factors in taking the Profs to new levels as we aim to be a top five team in the country.”
This is the second season that Kriley and Marshall have been captains. Last year, Kriley averaged 8.5 points per game and contributed with 79 rebounds, 38 assists and 43 steals. A guard, she was first in the conference with an .857 free throw percentage. The Rowan Scholar-Athlete received New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Academic honorable mention. Kriley is majoring in law & justice studies.
“Alexis is our most experienced player and she has that team over me mentally,” Poles said. “She is the heart and soul of our team while always playing hard. Grace is a true gym rat and a humble soul. Her teammates adore her and she exudes a positive attitude at all times. She leads by example and she puts her teammates first although being a very dominant player.”
Marshall was selected to the 2019-20 NJAC All-Conference second team. She ranked second on the team with 12.6 points per game and 49 three-pointers. The guard collected 103 rebounds, 60 steals and 35 assists. In the conference, she was second in free throw percentage (.852) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.329) and three-pointers made (2.0). Marshall earned Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction and NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. She is an elementary education major.
Tobin saw playing time at guard last year. She totaled 55 points, 23 rebounds, 15 assists and 14 steals. The health & physical education major was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. Tobin is a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction.
“Juliette is the perfect example of a hard worker and always willing to get better,” commented Poles. “Her attitude is unselfish and her leadership off the floor makes the younger players feel comfortable in our program. Ayanna is evolving as a young woman and teammate and she wants to be an example for younger female basketball players. She is very thoughtful and truly cares about her teammates before herself.”
Last year, Johnson was chosen the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Conference first team. She was also named to the D3hoops.com Atlantic All-Region third team. The center ranked second in the NCAA Division III in rebounds (370), blocks (102) and offensive rebounds per game (5.9), third in blocks per game (3.5) and seventh in rebounds per game (12.8). She was the NJAC leader in rebounds and blocks per game. Johnson broke the school records for blocks in a game (nine), season (102) and career (154) and rebounds (370) in a season. A Rowan Scholar-Athlete, Johnson is studying environmental & sustainability.
“Kennedy is the engine of Rowan women’s basketball,” said Poles. “She is the major factor of our style and pace while getting little recognition. Brown is one of the best point guards in the country. Her speed and quickness on both ends of the floor is devastating to opponents. She has the respect of her teammates and leads the team with her own quiet demeanor.”
Brown is a returning starter at guard. She averaged 9.3 points per game and contributed with 63 assists and 41 steals last season. The marketing major recorded a career high of 10 assists and she tied her career mark with seven rebounds.
Rowan won the 2019-20 NJAC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. The Profs finished the season with a 25-4 overall record.