Senior Kris Gulley, a transfer from Long Beach State and working toward his criminal justice graduate degree, was named to the Conference USA men's basketball All-Academic team Friday.
The women's basketball season ends Saturday to the relief of all concerned. They didn't come close to qualifying for the Conference USA tournament. Don't be surprised if center Marita Davydova remembers this season more fondly than anyone else, however.
She played this season after being ineligible last season in a paperwork screwup by the previous Compliance Department. Individually, her 9.9 rebounds per game puts her among the national leaders. And, Thursday, Conference USA announced the economics major's 3.7 grade point average put her on the league's All-Academic women's basketball team.
The men end a truly weird regular season with Saturday's Senior Night, at which they'll honor seniors Gulley, Dennis Mavin, Marco Porcher Jimenez.
In conference only games, Mavin averages 17.8 points per game, third in C-USA. Jimenez averages 14.5 minutes per game as a three-point specialist. Gulley averages 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Softball starts its conference schedule with weekend three-game series against 13-5 Marshall, a doubleheader Saturday at 4 p.m. and a 1 p.m. Sunday game.
The series features two of the conference's best hitters. From FIU, there's sophomore Stephanie Texeira, hitting .528, third in the conference, with six homers, 26 RBI and 1.057 slugging percentage. Marshall's Morgan Zerkle hits .531 with 11 RBI and goes when she gets on -- 27 steal attempts, 25 successful, almost twice as much as anyone else in C-USA.
ON THE HUNT