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Friday, March 8, 2024

JU's Craig and Battle Earn Postseason Honors After Strong Season

 ATLANTA- Edyn Battle and Saniyah Craig were named to the Atlantic Sun Conference postseason honors list. Battle earned the title of Newcomer of The Year and First Team All-ASUN, while Craig took home an All-Freshman Team selection. These announcements were made by the conference on Thursday afternoon.

The two Phins have found themselves on the ASUN weekly ballot multiple times this season; Craig with three Freshman of the Week appearances and Battle with one Newcomer of The Week and one Player of The Week.

Battle, finishing a prolific regular season, dominated the ASUN Conference, holding the top spot in scoring, ranking 4th in field goal percentage, 12th in free-throw percentage, 13th in assists, and 7th in steals. The Ohio native started 27 of 29 games, played 989 minutes (the most in ASUN), and maintained a 42.4 field goal percentage, 71.4 free throw percentage, and 31.8 percent from the three-point line. Leading JU in scoring and assists, Battle averaged 19.8 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals. She totaled 575 points, 73 assists, and 107 rebounds in just one season with the Dolphins.

Battle set season highs in scoring, rebounds, and free throws made on 01/27/24 against Bellarmine, scoring 31 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and making 12 free throws. She also set a season high of 11 field goals made against #20 Florida State and eight assists against N.C. Central. The Junior was also ranked seventh in the country in points per game for a five-game span during the regular season. Battle tallied 20 points or more in 14 different games.

Craig, selected to the All-Freshman team, has been a staple for the Dolphins' inside presence all season. The Arizona native started 24 of the 25 games she participated in, playing a total of 682 minutes, scoring 249 total points, and leading the Dolphins with 199 rebounds. Averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game, Craig recorded five double-doubles this season, including a 17-point and 15-rebound game against Kennesaw St. on 02/22/24, both being her season highs. For the Dolphins, the forward had the 4th most steals, 4th in assists, and was the 2nd leading scorer after Battle. Craig finished second in ASUN in rebounding and 15th in free-throw percentage