CIAA Women's Basketball Report - January 6, 2014

Women's Player of the Week
Cierra York, Livingstone

(So, G - Winston-Salem, NC, #23)

Notes:
York had an impressive week against Bowie State University and Virginia Union University. Her best game was against BSU where she led all scorers with 25 points. The Lady Blue Bears fell to Bowie 75-63. Against Virginia Union, the Lady Blue Bears came out the victor 64-48. Although York didn't see the court too much due to foul trouble, she still managed to record 12 points to edge the Lady Blue Bears over the Lady Panthers.

Shooting

gp

gs

min/g

fg/g

pct

3pt/g

pct

ft/g

pct

ppg

Overall

2

2

30.5

4.5-13.0

34.6

1.0-1.5

66.7

9.5-12.0

79.2

19.5

 

Ball control

gp

gs

mpg

off/g

def/g

reb/g

pf/g

dq/g

ast/g

to/g

a/to

stl/g

blk/g

Overall

2

2

30.5

2.0

3.5

5.5

2.0

0.0

1.0

3.0

0.3

2.0

0.0

Co-Women's Newcomer of the Week
Rachel Gostomski, Chowan

( Jr., Guard - Newport News, VA, #5)

Notes:
Rachel Gostomski had a career afternoon for the Hawks in a 69-64 win over Shaw on Saturday in CIAA competition. The win over the Lady Bears was the first in Chowan women's basketball program history. Gostomski led all players in the contest with 26 points and five three pointers. 

Shooting

gp

gs

min/g

fg/g

pct

3pt/g

pct

ft/g

pct

ppg

Overall

2

2

24.5

4.0-11.0

36.4

2.5-6.0

41.7

2.5-3.0

83.3

13.0

 

Ball control

gp

gs

mpg

off/g

def/g

reb/g

pf/g

dq/g

ast/g

to/g

a/to

stl/g

blk/g

Overall

2

2

24.5

1.5

1.5

3.0

2.0

0.0

1.0

1.5

0.7

1.0

0.5

Amanda Hairston, Winston-Salem
(Sr, F - Greensboro, N.C. , #3)

Notes:
Amanda had a great week for the Lady Rams with double digit scoring in all three games, including a 17-point effort against Edinboro. She also added 10 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Union and 11 points and seven rebounds against Lincoln (Pa.) 

Shooting

gp

gs

min/g

fg/g

pct

3pt/g

pct

ft/g

pct

ppg

Overall

3

3

21.3

5.0-9.3

53.6

0.0-0.0

-

2.7-5.0

53.3

12.7

 

Ball control

gp

gs

mpg

off/g

def/g

reb/g

pf/g

dq/g

ast/g

to/g

a/to

stl/g

blk/g

Overall

3

3

21.3

2.3

5.0

7.3

3.7

0.0

0.3

2.0

0.2

1.0

0.0

Women's Rookie of the Week
Courtni Williams, Chowan
( Fr. , Guard - Chesapeake, VA, #21)

Notes:
Courtni Williams had a standout week for the Hawks. She tallied 11 points in a 58-50 loss to Fayetteville State and six points in a 69-64 win over Shaw. She collected four defensive rebounds over the course of both games.

Shooting

gp

gs

min/g

fg/g

pct

3pt/g

pct

ft/g

pct

ppg

Overall

2

2

28.0

3.0-9.5

31.6

1.0-2.5

40.0

1.5-3.5

42.9

8.5

 

Ball control

gp

gs

mpg

off/g

def/g

reb/g

pf/g

dq/g

ast/g

to/g

a/to

stl/g

blk/g

Overall

2

2

28.0

0.0

2.0

2.0

2.5

0.0

2.0

4.5

0.4

1.0

0.0

Women's Coach of the Week
James Hill, Virginia State University

Coach James Hill, Jr. not only added a win to the books but made VSU history with 10 straight victories. In the first conference game of the season, Hill led the Trojans to a 58-53 win over the Broncos of Fayetteville State.

 

CIAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RECAP (January 6, 2014)

By Robert Knox

The CIAA women’s basketball teams returned to action this week after a lengthy break. In the featured game of the week, Virginia State University faced and conquered adversity for one of the few times during this season. In running its record to a perfect 10-0, the Lady Trojans held Fayetteville State scoreless over the last three minutes to claim a 58-53 road win in their first game of 2014.

Not that a 53-50 deficit with three minutes remaining was insurmountable, but it was a situation Virginia State had not faced this season as all of its victories were by double digits. The Lady Trojans made three free-throws to tie the game and then Lamesha Deal finished the rally by draining a jumper with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining to give VSU the lead for good, 55-53. Three mistakes following Deal’s basket by FSU helped the Lady Trojans. A bad pass led to a turnover, a point-blank layup rimmed out and a dead-ball technical allowed the Lady Trojans to put things out of reach.

The Lady Broncos entered the contest with a five-game winning streak after beating Chowan, 58-50, in their first game of the 2014. Against VSU, they trailed by 14 points in the first half and 46-37 with 10:30 remaining following a Deal jumper. FSU ripped off 10 straight points to take the lead. It was the first time all-season that VSU had trailed in the second half.

Akysia Resper scored 18 points and Deja Middleton recorded 12 rebounds, but neither could successfully knock the visiting Lady Trojans from the ranks of the unbeaten. Jessica Lyons led Virginia State with 15 points and Deal added 14 points. Tiffane Adair notched her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

RAMS RECOVER: Winston-Salem State had a busy week as it started and ended it against schools from opposite ends of the state of Pennsylvania. The Rams rebounded from a 62-56 defeat to Edinboro on New Year’s Eve by beating Virginia Union, 80-65 and rallying from a 12-point deficit to stop The Lincoln University, 72-63. The Lady Rams were led last week by Jasmine Elum (15.6 points per game average in three games) and Amanda Hairston (12.6). Hairston also finished with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) against Virginia Union. Also in the win over VUU, junior forward Somalia McKenney led the WSSU rebounding effort with a career-high 13 rebounds while junior guard McKenzie Weston recorded 13 points and a career-high eight assists. 

GOSTOMSKI’S GREAT: Behind Rachel Gostomski’s career-high 26-point effort, Chowan upset Shaw, 69-64, on the road. Amazingly, Gostomski missed all five of her shot attempts in 18 minutes and was scoreless in Chowan’s loss to Fayetteville State two nights earlier. Gostomski bounced back and was 8-for-17 from the field and 5-of-10 from 3-point distance against Shaw. She was the only Chowan player to reach double figures in scoring against Shaw.  Alisha Mobley and Kaela Nelson had nine points each.  Mobley had 10 rebounds and she and Williams had three assists apiece to pace Chowan, who survived a major Shaw rally to hang on for the win.

BULLDOGS BOUNCE BACK: Bowie State overcame a 19-point first half deficit to beat Livingstone on the road, 75-63. BSU trailed 30-11, but once it found its groove, the Lady Bulldogs finished strong by scoring 11 of the games final 13 points. Graduate student Uchechi Ahaiwe led the Lady Bulldogs with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while juniors Denver Clyde and Ashley Castle added 19 and 13 points respectively in the victory. Clyde also grabbed seven rebounds. Bowie State could not erase a 21-point deficit against JCSU despite pulling to within, 58-57, late in the game and making 11 3-pointers. Castle scored a team-high 15 points in defeat.

FOUR SURE: Sophomore point guard Porscha Walton finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds as Saint Augustine's went on a late spurt to pull away from Elizabeth City State University 67-57. The double-double was a career first for Walton and the rebounds were a career-high for her. She also added five assists. Brittany Allen snatched a career-high 11 rebounds and sophomore guard Regime McCombs pulled down eight rebounds to go along with nine points. Saint Augustine’s (6-4 overall) has won four straight games.

SOUTHERN COOKING: Johnson C. Smith remained perfect at home by defeating Bowie State, 64-59. The Golden Bulls are 5-0 at Brayboy and have won five straight games overall. In the win over Bowie State, the Golden Bulls had three players reach double figures led by Marquesha Sparks, who scored 12 points. Deanna Downer scored 11 points and Karnina Bunch added 10 points. JCSU is now 7-4 on the season.

THE DEFENSE DIDN’T REST: Shaw limited Elizabeth City State to 13 second-half points to pull away for a 67-39 victory. Bryann Guyton had a breakout game for the Lady Bears, scoring 15 points and pulling in nine rebounds.  Newcomer Kamiya Burwell had 13 points and Kaula Jack finished with 11. Micah Brooks had 13 rebounds.

THEY ALSO SHINED: Livingstone’s Cierra York scored 27 points against Bowie State, tying a season-high point total…The Lincoln University’s Amani Clark stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five steals and five assists against WSSU…Also against the Lady Rams, Lincoln’s Courtney Smith was 8-for-8 from the foul line and Zephrah Pam pulled down 16 rebounds, giving her 37 in her last two games… Elizabeth City State’s DaShera Boone posted 28 points against Saint Augustine’s…In its loss to Shaw Janae Jefferies was the only Lady Viking to score in double digits, with 16 points….Virginia Union’s Ashle Freeman averaged 17.5 points in two games against WSSU and Livingstone.