GAFFNEY, S.C. – After stringing together one of the most impressive seasons in all NCAA Division II a year ago, Limestone College senior guard Jasmine Kearse (St. Augustine, Fla.) has been named the 2016-17 Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year.
Kearse, the national leader in three-point field goals as a junior, was also named to the WDIIB Super 16 Preseason All-American Team, joining Lander University’s Ty’Hesha Reynolds from the Southeast Region. This marks the second straight year that Kearse has been named a Preseason All-American.
Coming off a 30-1 campaign a year ago, the Saints were featured at No. 9 in the 2016-17 WDIIB Preseason Top 25. The Blue and Gold is one of three region teams to be featured in the poll as Lander was picked No. 17 and Anderson was ranked No. 24.
Kearse guided Limestone to a perfect 30-0 record through the regular season and conference tournament a year ago, and helped the team collect a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She finished fourth in the nation in scoring with 21.6 points per game to earn consensus All-American honors.
She was named the 2016 D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year and the 2016 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year after posting a team-record 671 points behind 128 three-pointers. Kearse enters her senior year needing 430 points to become the first player in program history to record 2,000 career points.
Limestone’s all-time leader in three-point field goals, Kearse reached double-digit scoring totals in 30 of 31 games a year ago and posted 17 20-point games. She scored 30 or more points on four different occasions, including a 36-point performance against Augusta in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, and tied a team record for most points in a game when she dropped 44 on Lees-McRae.
More than just scoring threat, the St. Augustine native also dished out 110 assists a year ago and registered a team-high 95 steals. Kearse also finished third on the team in rebounding, averaging 4.1 boards per game.
Limestone has established itself as one of the top women’s programs in the nation over the past several years, and was rewarded with a No. 9 ranking in the WDIIB Preseason Top 25. Over the past five seasons, the Saints have made the NCAA Tournament five times, has won two NCAA Southeast Region Championships, made two Elite Eight appearances, and advanced the Final Four once.
The Blue and Gold enters the 2016-17 season looking for a sixth consecutive Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship and a fifth Conference Carolinas Tournament Title overall. The Saints are an incredible 44-0 in conference play the last two seasons and are 81-3 against league opponents since the 2013-14 season.
Limestone gets the year underway when it travels to play in the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge hosted by Newberry College on November 11 and 12. The Saints will face Coker College in the season opener on Friday, November 11 at 2 p.m.