Three Lady Trojans scored in double-figures in an 84-55 win for Virginia State over Washington Adventist on Sunday, December 11, inside Daniel Gymnasium. Virginia State (5-4) scored a season-high 84 points and hit the paint grabbing 52 rebounds (26 offensive, 26 defensive) in their best performance of the season defeating the Lady Shocks at home.
Virginia State trailed Washington Adventist by 6 points early in the game. The Lady Shocks led 11-5 with 13:38 in the first half before Virginia State began their run. Defensive pressure and scoring from off of the bench sparked a Lady Trojan rally.
VSU’s junior guard Ashley Whitaker tied the game at 15-15 by knocking down a jumper. Then Marquilla Evans hit 3 consecutive three-pointers in a row, putting the Lady Trojans ahead by 8 points with 3:04 left in the first half. The Lady Trojans scored 23 bench points in the first half as they led the Lady Shocks 34-19 at the half.
The run continued in the second half as Virginia State shot 47 percent and led by as much as 33 points. Full court pressure and 22 more points from the bench led to a Virginia State victory.
Senior guard Marquilla Evans led all scoring with 15 points. She went 3 for 5 from long range coming off of the Lady Trojan bench. Sophomore forward LaMesha Deal and junior Quiana Kizer scored 11 points each for VSU.
The Lady Trojans scored easily against the Lady Shocks, shooting 41% from the field and scoring 29 second chance points. Deal grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds as the Lady Trojans out-rebounded Washington Adventist 52-30. Kizer had 6 total rebounds, 5 of those were offensive boards, and junior forward Kiara Walton followed with 7 rebounds and scored 7 points.
The VSU women’s basketball team will return to the road for their next action on Dec. 16 against Cheyney University at 5 pm.
Peggy Davis Named New Interim Commissioner for the CIAA
Davis Selected to Lead Historic Conference Through 100th Anniversary Tournament Celebration
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Chairman – Dr. Mickey Burnim announced the appointment of Peggy Davis as Interim Commissioner for the Conference. Davis, whose role is effective December 10, has been a part of the CIAA family since 1997 where she held the titles of Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Virginia State University (VSU) in Petersburg, Va. In July of 2003, Davis was named Athletic Director at VSU.
“The CIAA Board of Directors is very pleased that Ms. Davis has agreed to accept this assignment and serve this great Conference in that capacity”, stated Chairman of the CIAA, Dr. Mickey Burnim. “Her accomplishments are exemplary and well respected across the Conference and beyond.” Davis plays a vital role as a member of the CIAA 100th Anniversary Planning Committee.
Davis’s accomplishments are vast. She is a two-time Hall of Fame recipient (at VSU and Howard Payne University), Davis has been named Athletic Director of the Year of the CIAA four of the last five years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10 and again in 2010-11. Davis was also recognized this year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as the 2010-11 Under Armour SE Region for Division II Athletics Director of the Year. She was also honored with the Jannette A. Lee Administration Achievement Award in 2005 and 2010.
Davis is past President of the CIAA Executive Committee, as well as the CIAA Athletic Director’s Association. She is also a member of the CIAA Tournament Committee. She holds memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Davis also sits on the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee representing the Atlantic Region. In June 2010, Davis was elected to the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), Board of Directors.
“I would like to thank the CIAA Board of Directors for this opportunity to serve as the Interim Commissioner of the CIAA. I’ve been a part of the CIAA family for over 14 years and nothing brings me more honor”, stated Peggy Davis, Interim Commissioner of the CIAA. “This Conference has a strong tradition and rich legacy and I’m excited to lead the CIAA into the biggest year of its history; celebrating 100 years is a great accomplishment.”
Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator Monique Smith served on a short-term base during the transition in leadership and will remain on board to assist through this adjustment period.
A national search has begun for a permanent Commissioner for the CIAA. The Board of Directors is expected to complete the search by July 1, 2012.
Bowling’s Slater & Raiford Lead Lady Trojans to Win Over Elizabeth City State
Virginia State University’s bowling team placed tenth overall at the Virginia Union Invitational, picking up two wins against CIAA opponents Elizabeth City State in team play (712-640) and Chowan in a Baker match (1,040-986) at the Virginia Union University Invitational Tournament in Richmond, VA held Dec. 2-4. Junior Amber Slater had a total pinfall of 158 and sophomore Kiara Raiford totaled 157 pins in the win over Elizabeth City State.
In their final match, Virginia State fell 791-599 to host Virginia Union.
Senior Latoya Gee led the Lady Trojans in team matches with a 160 average. She had pinfall totals of 137, 198, and 145. Sophomore Kiara Raiford was second on the team with an average of 155 and junior Kelley Dove was third with a 149.75 average.
The Lady Trojans will bowl again in 2012. They will compete in the CIAA Northern Division Match II in Richmond, VA on Jan. 27-29.