October 22, 2021 

Revealing the Sun Belt preseason honors

Louisiana senior forward Ty’Reona Doucet named preseason Player of the Year

The Sun Belt Conference revealed on Thursday its women’s basketball preseason Player of the Year as well as its All-Sun Belt First, Second and Third teams. The conference’s twelve head coaches voted on and determined the preseason award honors.

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Louisiana’s senior forward Ty’Reona Doucet was named preseason Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Last season, Doucet led the Ragin’ Cajuns to the program’s first-ever regular-season conference championship and the conference title game. Along the way she led the conference in field goal percentage (52.4 percent) and averaged nearly a double-double (10.8 points and 8.7 rebounds) in conference play. Doucet also led Louisiana in total rebounds (167) and blocks (36).

Listed below are the 2021-22 All-Sun Belt First, Second and Third teams:

Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team
Aja Blount, Coastal Carolina
Ty’Reona Doucet, Louisiana
Brandi Williams, Louisiana
Da’Nasia Hood, Texas State
Felmas Koranga, Troy

Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team
Jireh Washington, Arkansas State
Kierra Brimzy, Louisiana-Monroe (ULM)
Terryn Milton, Texas-Arlington (UTA)
Jasmine Robinson, Troy
Tiyah Johnson, Troy

Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team
Michaela Porter, App State
Deaja Richardson, Coastal Carolina
Terren Ward, Georgia Southern
Kennedy Taylor, Texas State
Lauryn Thompson, Texas State

Troy on the rise

The mid-major Sun Belt Conference made some noise in the postseason last year as the 15-seed Troy women’s basketball program nearly pulled off an epic upset of the 2-seed Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Troy advanced to the 2021 NCAA tournament with a 73-65 win over Louisiana in the conference tournament championship game. The Trojans were then narrowly defeated by the 2011 NCAA champion Texas A&M Aggies by a score of 84-80. Troy was selected by the Sun Belt coaches as the preseason favorite to win the conference this season.

Sun Belt Conference play tips off on Dec. 30th. All teams will play a 16 game regular-season schedule and will participate in the 2022 Sun Belt women’s basketball championship at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida from March 2-7, 2022.

Written by Tee Baker

Tee has been a contributor to The Next since March Madness 2021 and is currently a contributing editor, BIG EAST beat reporter and curator of historical deep dives.

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