HBCU Happenings Week of 030402-030902

By Elliott Robinson, Esq.
Updated: October 12, 2007

Women’s BCSP Hoops Top Ten (www.onnidan.com) NEWS AND NOTES BASKETBALL Division II Playoff Pairings Announced The CIAA placed three HBCU’s in this year’s Men’s Division II basketball tournament. Shaw, the CIAA Champs received a first-round bye. Johnson C. Smith (22-7) faces Augusta State (22-7) in the first round, while Winston-Salem State (21-6) faces Wingate (21-6). Paine College (17-12), the SIAC champs will face Valdosta State (22-7).

The Queens of the SIAC, the Lady Wildcats of Fort Valley State (24-8) will take on Arkansas Tech (24-5) in their first-round match-up. Meanwhile, the CIAA sends 2 women’s teams to the big dance, with Virginia State (20-9) taking on Presbyterian (21-8), while NC Central (22-6) faces Georgia College & State University (19-11).

MEAC Tourney TV Schedule Semi-finals – March 8th Women’s – 1 12:00 noon (MBC Network) Men’s – 2 2:00PM (MBC Network), 2:00pm (Comcast – delayed broadcast) Women’s – 3 6:00PM (MBC Network) Men’s – 4 8:00PM (MBC Network), 1:30am (Comcast – tape delay) Finals – March 9th Women’s Championship – 12:00noon (MBC Network), 1:00pm (Comcast- delayed broadcast) Men’s Championship – 4:00pm (ESPN2) CIAA TROJANETTES WIN CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP The Virginia State University Trojanettes survived a frantic, final minute of action before they were able to cut down the nets to celebrate their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship since 1988, with their 64-57 win over the Lady Rams of Winston-Salem State University. Head coach Peggy Davis, named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach, also became the first woman coach to win the women’s tournament since Bertha Cummings accomplished the feat in 1990 for the Trojanettes. She will have a chance to continue coaching next week as the Trojanettes earned an automatic berth into the Division II Playoffs.

Becky McKee, who had scored 10 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Trojanettes’ semi-final, was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player after leading the Trojanettes with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ronmia Bess did a little bit of everything for the Trojanettes and finished with 16 points (three 3-pointers), six assists and seven rebounds, Alonna Marable had 14 points, and Rolynda Contee scored all of her 10 points in the first half.

BEARS WIN FIRST CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP The Shaw University Bears put on a show for their hometown faithful Saturday night as they won the school’s first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with an 82-68 win over the defending CIAA champion Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University.

The 2002 CIAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach Joel Hopkins saw his squad fend off a late charge by the Golden Bulls (22-7) as they pulled away at the end. The Bears took a 43-28 lead into halftime and watched the Golden Bulls chase them the rest of the way. Shaw was led by CIAA Player of the Year Ronald Murray (12 points, 5 rebs, 8 assists), Gerald Raymond (25 points, 4 assists), and Kenyon Booker (8 points, 16 rebs).

Already ranked third in the South Atlantic Region, the Bears earned the automatic berth into the Division II Playoffs while the Golden Bulls are almost a certain lock to receive an at-large bid.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Coach of the Year: Peggy Davis of Virginia State University Player of the Year: Amba Kongolo, NC Central, SR C 6-3 Kinshasa, Congo (20.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg) Rookie of the Year: Allyson Hardy, Bowie State Univ., Point Guard, 5-5, Germantown, MD 2002 CIAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Mona-Gail Baker – Bowie State, SR F 6-2 Durham, NC Daminica Moody – Elizabeth City St, SR F 6-0 Virginia Beach, VA Blanche Doctor – Johnson C. Smith, SR F 5-10 Goldsboro, NC Shenika Worthy – North Carolina Central, SR F 5-11 Decatur, GA Danielle Jones – Shaw, JR F 6-0 Detroit, MI Tiffany Whitted – Winston-Salem St, SR C 6-0 Mebane, NC Raquita Washington- Elizabeth City St, SR G 5-2 Norfolk, VA Danielle Evans – Fayetteville St, JR G 5-6 Brownsville, TN Angela Thomas – Livingstone, JR G 5-7 Swansboro, GA Zakie VanHoose – North Carolina Central, SR G 5-7 Rochester, NY Jamie McDonald – Shaw, SR G 5-6 Durham, NC 2002 CIAA Women’s Basketball All-Rookie Team Allyson Hardy, Bowie State University, Point Guard, 5-5, Germantown, MD LaShonda Horton, Winston-Salem State University, Forward, 5-11, Greenville, NC Timeka Lawson, Fayetteville State University, Forward, 5-9, Kinston, NC Tonya Pegram, Virginia Union University, Forward, 5-10, Petersburg, VA Rachill Robinson, Bowie State University, Forward/Center, 6-1, Ft. Washington, MD MEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Coach of the Year: Luke D’Alessio of Bowie State University Player of the Year: Ronald Murray, Shaw, SR G 6-4 198 Philadelphia, PA (24.2 ppg, 5.7 apg) Rookie of the Year : Hassan Robinson, Saint Paul’s College, Guard, 6-4, Norfolk, VA 2002 CIAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Stephen Moss-Kelly – Bowie State, JR F 6-6 210 Oakland, CA Kenny Haywood – Fayetteville St, SO F 6-4 230 Fayetteville, NC Marco Spears – Johnson C. Smith, JR F 6-5 210 Buies Creek, NC Derick Singleton – Saint Paul’s, SR F 6-9 200 Winston-Salem, NC Marcus Best – Winston-Salem St, SR F 6-2 190 Fayetteville, NC Tim Washington – Bowie State, JR C 6-8 230 Washington, DC Steve Bynes – Shaw, SR C 6-9 235 Fort Lauderdale, FL Christon Simmons – Fayetteville St, SR G 6-2 180 Grambling, LA Antoine Sims – Johnson C. Smith, SR G 5-10 175 Buffalo, NY Lavar Griffin – Virginia St, SR G 6-2 180 Chesapeake, VA Shawn Alexander – Winston-Salem St SR G 6-2 205 Asheville, NC 2002 CIAA Men’s Basketball All-Rookie Team Jay Chapman, Saint Augustine’s College, Forward, 6-2, Washington, DC Tory Clark, Elizabeth City State University, Forward, 6-6, Nashville, NC Duan Crockett, Virginia Union University, Guard, 6-6, Richmond, VA Curtis Knight, North Carolina Central University, Guard, 6-3, Greenville, NC Hassan Robinson, Saint Paul’s College, Guard, 6-4, Norfolk, VA MEAC MEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Coach of the Year: Steve Merfeld, Hampton Player of the Year: Tommy Adams, Hampton (19 ppg) Rookie of the Year: Devin Green, Hampton 2001-02 MEAC Men’s All-Conference Team NAME SCHOOL POS. HT WT CL HOMETOWN Tommy Adams Hampton G 6-3 195 SR Woodbridge, VA Kyle Williams Howard G 6-6 215 JR Burlington, NJ Bruce Jenkins NCA&T F 6-6 200 SR Silver Spring, MD Richard Toussaint B-CC F 6-3 195 JR Tampa. FL Andre Matthews DSU F 6-5 200 JR Seaford, DE 2001-02 MEAC Men’s All-Rookie Team NAME SCHOOL POS. HT WT CL HOMETOWN Devin Green Hampton G/F 6-6 195 FR Columbus, Ohio Steven Koger NCA&T G 6-3 190 FR Louisville, KY Dominique Green FAMU G 6-2 170 FR Immokalee, FL Chakowby Hicks NSU G 6-3 170 FR Washington, DC Justin Bowen UMES F 6-7 190 FR Chicago, IL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Coach of the Year: Cathy Parson, Howard Player of the Year: Andrea Gardner, Howard, 15.8 points, 11.4 rebounds Rookie of the Year: Lakesha Wills, Coppin St.

2001-02 MEAC Women’s All-Conference Team NAME SCHOOL POS. HT CL HOMETOWN Andrea Gardner Howard C 6-3 SR Washington, DC Suawana Taylor Norfolk St. F 6-1 SR Virginia Beach, VA Lauren Forsthoff B-CC F 6-0 SO Lafayette. LA LaShondra Dixon Hampton G 5-5 JR Sparta, GA Nicole Rhem SCSU G 5-8 SO Brooklyn, NY 2001-02 MEAC Women’s All-Rookie Team NAME SCHOOL POS. HT CL HOMETOWN Octavia Thompson UMES G 5-8 FR Colonial Heights, VA Candace Crawford FAMU G 5-10 FR Albany, GA Daisha Hicks Howard G 6-0 FR Antelope, CA Lakesha Wills Coppin St. F 5-11 SO Baltimore, MD Terrelle Waller Del St. G 5-7 FR Hyattsville, MD MEAC TOURNAMENT: MEN’S MATCH-UPS Monday March 4 at the Arthur Ashe Center #11 Morgan State 94 over #6 FAMU 91 3OT (Morgan State Advances) #10 Coppin 61 over #7 Norfolk St. 46 (Coppin State Advances) Tuesday March 5 at the Arthur Ashe Center #8 B-CC vs. #9 UMES at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 7 at the Richmond Coliseum.

#1 Hampton vs. lowest-seeded team to advance from the first round at 2:15 p.m #2 Delaware St. vs. second-lowest-seeded team to advance from the first round at 8:15 Thursday March 7th at the Richmond Coliseum #4 South Carolina State vs. #5 NCA&T at 8:15 p.m.

#3 Howard vs. third lowest seeded team to advance from the first round at 2:15 Semi-Finals – Friday, March 8, 2002 – Richmond Coliseum Game 2: (#1 vs lowest seed winner) vs (#4 seed vs #5 seed winner) – men (30 min. after previous game) oGame 4: (#2 vs second-lowest seed winner) vs (#3 vs third lowest seed winner) – men (30 min. after previous game) Finals – Saturday, March 9, 2002 – Richmond Coliseum Game 2: Men’s Championship (4 PM) MEAC TOURNAMENT: WOMEN’S MATCH-UPS Monday, March 4th at the Arthur Ashe Center #11 NCA&T 57 over #6 B-CC 53 (NC A&T Advances) #7 UMES 63 over # 10 Morgan State 44 (UMES Advances) Tuesday, March 5th at the Arthur Ashe Center #8 FAMU vs. #9 Delaware State, Tuesday 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 6th at the Richmond Coliseum #1 Howard vs. the lowest-seeded team to advance from the first round. 12:00 p.m. noon #2 SC State vs. the second-lowest-seeded team to advance from the first round. 6:00pm Thursday, March 7 at the Richmond Coliseum.

#4 Hampton vs. #5 Coppin State, 6:00 p.m.

#3 Norfolk St. vs. the third-lowest seeded team to advance from the first round, 12 p.m. noon Semi-Finals – Friday, March 8, 2002 – Richmond Coliseum Game 1: (#1 vs lowest seed winner) vs (#4 seed vs #5 seed winner) – women (Noon) Game 3: (#2 vs second lowest seed winner) vs (#3 vs third lowest seed winner) – women (6 PM) Finals – Saturday, March 9, 2002 – Richmond Coliseum Game 1: Women’s Championship (Noon) SWAC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Player Of The Year: Jacklyn Winfield – Southern (21.7 ppg) Freshman Of The Year: Crystal Robinson – Texas Southern Newcomer Of The Year: Kim Davis – Texas Southern Defensive Player Of The Year: Chovanique Kibble – Grambling State All-SWAC 1st TEAM G – Jacklyn Winfield (Southern) – Sr., 5-8, , Wesson, MS G – Shrieka Evans (Grambling State) – Jr., 5-10 , Lisbon, LA F – Shameka Jackson (Alabama State) – Jr., 5-10, Saginaw, MI F – LaShowann Smith (Alabama A&M) – Soph., 6-0, Rancho Cordova, CA C – Chovanique Kibble (Grambling State) – Jr., 6-0, Houston, TX MEN’S CONFERENCE AWARDS Player Of The Year: Paul Haynes – Grambling State (20.9 ppg, 8.9 reb) Freshman Of The Year: Nicholas Egland – Southern University Newcomer Of The Year: Tim Henderson – Jackson State Defensive Player Of The Year: Desmond Cambridge – Alabama A&M All-SWAC 1st TEAM G – Desmond Cambridge (Alabama A&M) – Sr., 6-1, 175, Nashville, TN G – Ra’kim Hollis (Texas Southern) – Jr., 6-2, 185, Tyler, TX F – Paul Haynes (Grambling State) – Soph, 6-8, 215, Auburn Hills, MI F – Marcus Fleming (Alcorn State) – Sr., 6-8, 215, Fayette, MS C – Alvin Pettway (Alabama State) – Jr., 6-9, 225 Montgomery, AL SWAC TOURNAMENT – WOMEN’S MATCH-UPS Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff did not earn tournament seedings.

First round, Tuesday, March 5th: Game 1- #1 Southern (23-4, 17-1) vs. #8 Prairie View (6-20, 4-14) @ Baton Rouge, LA-7:00p Game 2 – #4 Jackson State (15-12, 11-7) vs. #5 Alcorn State (15-11, 11-7) @ Jackson, MS-7:00p Game 3 – #3 Grambling State (17-9, 14-4) vs. #6 Alabama A&M (11-16, 7-11) @ Grambling, LA-7:00p Game 4 – #2 Alabama State (21-6, 15-3) vs. #7 Texas Southern (11-16, 6-12) @ Montgomery, AL-6:00p SWAC Semifinals, Friday, 3/08 @ Birmingham, AL Game 5 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 12noon Game 6 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner – 2:00p SWAC Championship, Saturday, 3/09 @ Birmingham, AL Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner – 3:00p SWAC TOURNAMENT – MEN’S MATCH-UPS Southern and Ark.-Pine Bluff did not earn tournament seeds.

First round, Tuesday, 3/05; Game 1- #1 Alcorn St. (18-9, 16-12) vs. #8 Grambling St. (9-18, 7-11) @ Alcorn, MS-7:00p Game 2 – #4 Texas Southern (10-16, 10-8) vs. #5 Miss. Valley St. (12-16, 9-9) @ Houston, TX-7:00p Game 3 – #3 Alabama St. (17-12, 12-6) vs. #6 Jackson St. (9-18, 7-11) @ Montgomery, AL-8:00p Game 4 – #2 Alabama A&M (18-9, 12-6) vs. #7 Prairie View (10-19, 8-10) @ Huntsville, AL-7:00p SWAC Semifinals, Friday, 3/08 @ Birmingham, AL Game 5 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 5:30p Game 6 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner – 7:30p SWAC Championship, Saturday, 3/09 @ Birmingham, AL Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner – 6:00p SIAC LADY WILDCATS CLAIM SIAC TITLE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME CLASSIC The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Committee got more than it bargained for when top-seeded Tuskegee University squared off against second seed Fort Valley State. For fifty minutes, both teams cashed in on some opportunities and squandered others, but the Fort Valley State Lady Wildcats made the most of their chances as they defeated Tuskegee University 110-106 in double overtime. With the victory, Fort Valley State (24-8) becomes the first team in SIAC history to win three consecutive women’s basketball tournament championships. Tuskegee University, the SIAC regular season champions, completes its season at 18-11.

Tuskegee, which had six players to score in double figures, was led in scoring by guard Temeka Green with 21 points. Martina McCloud had 19 points and Nichols had 16 points. Fort Valley’s Maria Willis led all scorers with 40 points, and April Love added 17 to aid the Fort Valley cause.

PAINE COLLEGE TAKES MEN’S CROWN BY TRIPPING TOP SEED MOREHOUSE Paine College’s men’s team had not been to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game since 1999, but the Lions made the most of their opportunity as they defeated the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College, 52-49. With the win, Paine College is now 17-12 on the season. Morehouse College finishes its season with a 20-9 slate.

Yari Scott, who was named the tournament’s MVP, led all scorers with 18 points, so that along with Jamerson’s 12 points, Scott and Jamerson were the only two Lions to crack into double figures. Blake O’Farrow led the Maroon Tigers with 13 points and Brandon Childs added 12 more points to aid the Morehouse cause. Goodwin also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

TRACK & FIELD Alabama State, Southern Capture SWAC Indoor Track Titles Alabama State’s women captured the 2002 SWAC Indoor Track championship edging out defending champion Alcorn State, 169 – 164. The Lady Hornets’ Lasha Smith earned Most Valuable Performer in Track. Tomoher Thompson of Alcorn State garnered MVP honors in the Field Events. Southern University successfully defended their Indoor track title, outdistancing second-place Alcorn State 177-160.5. Texas Southern’s John Bullock was named MVP for track events.

Women’s Team Scores: 1. Alabama State University, 169; 2. Alcorn State University, 164; 3. Texas Southern University, 83; 4. Jackson State University, 54; 5. Southern University, 48; 6. University Of Arkansas, 38; 7. Grambling State University, 33; 8. Alabama A&M. University, 16; 9. Prairie View A&M. University, 6; 10. Mississippi Valley State, 2.

Men’s Team Scores: 1. Southern University, 177; 2. Alcorn State University, 106.50; 3. Texas Southern University, 92.50; 4. Prairie View A&M. University, 84; 5. Grambling State University, 78; 6. University Of Arkansas, 31; 7. Alabama State University, 28; 8. Alabama A&M. University, 27.

South Carolina State men and Delaware State women claim Indoor titles 2002 MEAC Men’s Champion: South Carolina State University 2002 MEAC Men’s Runners-up: North Carolina A&T State University 2002 MEAC Outstanding Coach: Ernest Tche, South Carolina State University 2002 MEAC Outstanding Performer: Nickie Peters, Coppin State University Men’s Team Scores: 1. South Carolina State Univ. 76; 2, North Carolina A&T University. 73; 3. Florida A&M University 58; 4. Coppin State College 54; 5. Norfolk State University 49; 6. Bethune-Cookman College 35; 7. U Maryland Eastern Shore 29; 8. Hampton University 27; 9. Morgan State University 14; 10. Howard University 11; 11. Delaware State University 7 2002 MEAC Women’s Champion: Delaware State University 2002 MEAC Women’s Runners-up: Hampton University 2002 MEAC Outstanding Coach: Constancia Hayes, Delaware State University 2002 MEAC Outstanding Performer: Agatha Gitudandu, Norfolk State University Women’s Team Scores: 1. Delaware State University 75; 2. Hampton University 63; 3. Morgan State University 54; 4. Norfolk State University 51; 5. Florida A&M University 48; 6. South Carolina State Univ. 33; 6. U Maryland Eastern Shore 33; 8. Bethune-Cookman College 29; 9. North Carolina A&T Univ. 13; 10. Coppin State College 12; 11 Howard University 9 Other News and Notes The 2002 CIAA Hall of Fame Class Announced The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is proud to announce its John B. McClendon, Jr. Hall of Fame Class of 2002. Members include Olympic Track and Field Coach and winner of 23 national championships, George Williams; Bob Wilson, of West Virginia State University, one of the first African-Americans to enter the NBA; Keenan Menefree Matangira, one of Winston-Salem State University’s female power scorers, and Howard Jones, a Virginia Unionite who is a renowned coach, educator, and former CIAA MVP.