Clayton State’s Woodard, Griggs selected Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference
AUGUSTA, Ga. – October 27, 2011 – The Peach Belt Conference released its 2011-12 Preseason All-Conference team for women's basketball, and the defending NCAA Division II national champion Clayton State Lakers had two representatives selected.
Earning preseason All-Peach Belt honors for Clayton State was wing Tanisha Woodard and point guard Drameka Griggs. Clayton State was the only team to have two representatives on the squad, and Woodard and Griggs are joined by Columbus State's Dominque Gilbert, Lander's Jasmine Judge and USC Aiken's Hannah DeGraffinreed.
This duo was one of many key components last season as Clayton State finished a whopping 35-1 overall, winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season title and the program's first ever NCAA Division II National Championship.
Woodard, a 5-foot-10 senior from Rome, Ga., averaged 11 points and five rebounds a game, while dishing out 152 assists and recording 125 steals. She led the Peach Belt in steals and was ranked seventh in the nation in steals. Woodard earned All-Peach Belt Conference and Division II All-Southeast Region honors and was also selected Peach Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
She set the Clayton State single-game and single-season record for assists last season, as well as the Laker single-season and career marks for steals. Woodard enters the 2011-12 season needing only two points to become the seventh player in Clayton State women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
Griggs, a 5-5 junior from Jonesboro, Ga., was the Lakers' spark off the bench last season after transferring from Division I Jacksonville. She averaged 11 points and three rebounds and 105 steals and 92 assists. In addition, she shot 53 percent from the field and scored in double-figures in 22 games.
Griggs finished fourth overall in the Peach Belt in steals and fifth in field goal shooting percentage.
TIP-OFF TIME SET FOR VANDERBILT EXHIBITION: The tip-off time has been set for Clayton State's upcoming preseason exhibition game at Vanderbilt.
The Lakers and Lady Commodores will tip off at 2 p.m. (CST) at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium. This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Clayton State has played a preseason exhibition against a Southeastern Conference opponent. The Lakers played Georgia at the start of the 2009-10 season.