2019-2020 Florida SouthWestern Women's Basketball News

  • Bucs Basketball Bids Farewell to Suncoast Conference, Headed to Southern
    May 11, 2020
    The Florida SouthWestern State Men's and Women's Basketball teams will not have the opportunity to continue their reign over the Suncoast Conference next season as the conference will be no longer, with news that FSW will head across Alligator Alley to the Southern Conference next season with State College of Florida joining them on the men's side and Hillsborough, St. Petersburg, Eastern Florida (Women), and Polk State (Men) jumping to the Mid-Florida Conference for the 2020-2021 season. 
  • FSW Again the Class of the FCSAA in 2019-20
    May 06, 2020
    For the second consecutive season, the Florida SouthWestern State Athletics Department recorded the highest winning percentage of any team in the FCSAA.
  • FSW A Recruiting Hotbed For Division I Schools Once Again
    May 01, 2020
    While Florida SouthWestern State College recently completed just its fifth year of NJCAA competition, it has already become a hotspot on NCAA Division I coaches' recruiting trail.  
  • Lett Headed to South Alabama
    April 22, 2020
    Following an All-Conference sophomore season with the Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers, forward Simone Lett has signed with the University of South Alabama to continue her athletic and academic career. 
  • Downs Inks With UNC-Wilmington
    April 20, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State All-American Za'Nautica Downs is headed North to continue her academic and athletic career, as she signed with the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington Wednesday on National Signing Day across the country. 
  • Vargas-Reyes Set to Join America East Champs Stony Brook
    April 16, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State sophomore Nairimar Vargas-Reyes made her four year commitment official on Wednesday, signing with up and coming America East power Stony Brook to play for the Seawolves for the next two seasons.
  • FSW Tabs Ellis as Interim Women's Basketball Coach
    April 08, 2020
    The Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers didn’t have to look far for their new Head Women’s Basketball Coach as Wednesday, FSW Athletic Director George Sanders announced that Dr. Jerald Ellis, a four year assistant with the Bucs, would take over as the Interim Head Coach for the 2020-2021 season. 
  • Za'Nautica Downs Named Second Team NJCAA All-American
    April 07, 2020
    For the third straight season, the Florida SouthWestern State Women's Basketball team has an NJCAA All-American.  After Tina Stephens secured the honors in 2018 and 2019, sophomore guard Za'Nautica Downs followed suit on Tuesday as she was tabbed a Second Team selection to write the final chapter in her Buccaneer career.
  • Ward-Cangelosi Steps Down After Four Seasons at Florida SouthWestern
    April 06, 2020
    The only Head Coach the Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball team has known has stepped down as Monday, Dr. Kristie Ward-Cangelosi resigned from her post with the Buccaneers to pursue a position in educational administration.
  • Bucs' Fourth Season Finishes Full of Twists and Turns
    March 31, 2020
    The 2019-2020 season was full of excitement for the Florida SouthWestern State Women's Basketball team.  The squad played its toughest schedule in its fourth year of competition, while winning its third straight Suncoast Conference Championship and earning its second straight bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. 
  • Downs Tabbed World Exposure Second Team All-American
    March 27, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State sophomore guard Za'Nautica Downs collected yet another award this week as she was named a 2020 World Exposure Second Team All-American as announced by the organization.  
  • Bucs' International Student-Athletes Face Tough Decisions in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic
    March 25, 2020
    Of the 75 athletes that originate from outside of the United States between Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern State College, a good amount are stuck in Fort Myers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Downs Named Finalist For World Exposure Player of the Year
    March 18, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State sophomore and Suncoast Conference Player of the Year Za'Nautica Downs has been named a finalist for the World Exposure National Player of the Year.  
  • Downs Earns FCSAA All-State Honors
    March 17, 2020
    The awards kept on coming for Florida SouthWestern State sophomore Za’Nautica Downs on Tuesday as the Bucs’ leading scorer was named an FCSAA All-State selection. 
  • Laureano Named Finalist For World Exposure Freshman of the Year
    March 17, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State guard Sheslanie Laureano has been named one of eight finalists for the 2020 World Exposure Freshman of the Year award as announced by the organization on Monday. 
  • NJCAA Cancels Remainder of 2020 Winter & Spring Sport Seasons
    March 16, 2020
    After careful thought and consideration, the NJCAA has decided to cancel the rest of the 2020 Athletics season due to the rapidly changing situation concerning COVID-19. The cancellation effects the Florida SouthWestern State Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams as well as the Bucs’ Baseball and Softball squads. 
  • Wright Named Finalist For Assistant Coach of the Year Award
    March 13, 2020
    Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Rabun Wright has been named one of four finalists for the World Exposure 2020 NJCAA Assistant Coach of the Year. 
  • FCSAA Suspends All Competitions Through March 28th
    March 12, 2020
    Due to the continued concern of COVID-19 the the FCSAA has suspended all competitions, effective immediately, through March 28th.   At that time, the organization's Council of Presidents will reaccess the situation and determine whether they feel competition between teams is safe once again.
  • April Madness? NJCAA Basketball National Tournaments Postponed Due to COVID-19
    March 12, 2020
    Just three days before the scheduled start of the 2020 NJCAA National Basketball Tournaments, the NJCAA has announced that the tournaments will be postponed due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19.  The tournaments will attempt to be played beginning April 20th in Hutchinson, Kansas (Men's) and Lubbock, Texas (Women's). 
  • Bucs Headed Back to Lubbock; Draw 10 Seed For National Tournament
    March 09, 2020
    For the second straight season, the Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball team had to play the waiting game to see if they were headed to the NJCAA National Tournament as an at large selection, but Monday, alongside fans and fellow students at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the Buccaneers got the call and will be packing their bags over the weekend as they were announced as the #10 seed in the 24 team tournament where they will take on Oklahoma’s Murray State in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at 5:15 PM (EST). 
  • FSW Falls to #6 Gulf Coast in Region VIII Quarters
    March 05, 2020
    In a first round battle of top 15 ranked teams, the #12 Florida SouthWestern State Women's Basketball team saw their Region VIII Tournament hopes come to an end on Thursday, dropping a 73-64 decision to #6 Gulf Coast State in the quarterfinal round.  The Bucs will now place their season in the hands of the NJCAA at-large committee to determine whether they have done enough at 24-7 to earn their second straight trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.  That decision will be made Monday at 11:30 AM during the NJCAA Selection Show which will be aired live on the videoboards at Suncoast Credit Union Arena and is open to the public.  
  • FCSAA State Tournament On Tap For FSW Basketball Teams
    March 03, 2020
    The Florida SouthWestern State Basketball teams have arrived in Niceville and are set for the 2020 FCSAA State Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 4th for the FSW Men and Thursday, March 5th for the Buccaneer Women.  
  • Five Bucs Named All-Conference, Downs Player of the Year, Ward-Cangelosi Coach of the Year
    February 25, 2020
    As expected, the Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers Women’s Basketball team fared quite well during the Suncoast Conference All-Conference voting on Monday as five players from the Bucs conference championship squad were named to the All-Conference teams while Za’Nautica Downs was named the Player of the Year and Head Coach Kristie Ward-Cangelosi was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. 
  • Bucs Close Regular Season Ranked 12th
    February 24, 2020
    A 24-6 regular season record was good enough for a #12 final national ranking for the Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball team on Monday as they dropped three spots in the final poll following a road loss to #22 Eastern Florida State. 
  • Bucs Stunned in Regular Season Finale
    February 22, 2020
    The #9 Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball team had a pair of streaks snapped on Saturday as they lost their first Suncoast Conference game in 715 days and saw their 12 game winning streak this season come to an end as they were stunned 81-69 by #22 Eastern Florida on the road to close out the 2020 regular season.
  • #9 FSW Hits Century Mark in Sophomore Night Win
    February 19, 2020
    The #9 Florida SouthWestern State Women's Basketball team sent their sophomores out in style Wednesday night in Suncoast Credit Union Arena, hitting the century mark for the fifth time this season, in a 100-33 win over visiting Impact Academy in the Bucs final home game of 2020.  
  • Bucs Enter Top 10 in Latest NJCAA Rankings
    February 18, 2020
    The Florida SouthWestern Women’s Basketball team’s rise in the NJCAA rankings continued on Tuesday, moving back into the top 10 for the first time since the week two poll at #9 in the organization’s release on Tuesday. 
  • Downs Eclipses 1,000 Point Mark in Bucs Win
    February 12, 2020
    Za'Nautica Downs became just the second player in Florida SouthWestern State Women's Basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point mark on Wednesday, scoring a team high 16 as the Buccaneers blew past Hillsborough 89-51 to remain unbeaten in Suncoast Conference play.
  • FSW Climbs Two Spots in National Poll
    February 10, 2020
    After a month long stay at #14, the Florida SouthWestern State Women’s Basketball team was on the move on Monday, jumping up two spots to #12 in the NJCAA National Poll. 
  • Back to Back to Back, FSW Downs St. Pete to Win Third Straight Suncoast Crown
    February 08, 2020
    Needing one win in their final three Suncoast Conference games to claim their third straight outright conference title, the #14 Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers Women’s Basketball team wasted little time on Saturday, jumping out to a big early lead before coasting to a 92-75 win over visiting St. Petersburg to take their spot on the podium for the third time in three seasons. 
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