Peach Belt Champions! Record-setting night as No. 4 Clayton State women roll 93-58
MORROW, Ga. – February 25, 2012 – On the night in which she played her final regular season home game, Tanisha Woodard went out with a bang for the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team.
One of two seniors being honored on "Senior Night," Woodard enjoyed a record-setting night as the No. 4-ranked Lakers clinched the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship with a convincing 93-58 victory over visiting Georgia College at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The victory concludes Clayton State's regular season at 26-2 overall and 16-1 in the Peach Belt Conference.
It's the fifth Peach Belt Conference regular season championship for Clayton State under head coach Dennis Cox. Up next for the Lakers is the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m. against Augusta State at the Lumpkin Center at Columbus State.
Woodard accomplished two tremendous milestones. First, she recorded four steals and broke the Peach Belt Conference career steals record with 408. She eclipses the previous mark of 407 held by Columbus State's LaShawn Mincey from 1997-2001. In addition, Woodard recorded a rare triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
It's only the third triple-double ever recorded in the history of Peach Belt Conference women's basketball.
Clayton State never trailed from the start and built an early 13-point lead in the first 10 minutes. Drameka Griggs converted two free throws to give the Lakers a 20-7 at the 10:41 mark. Clayton State stretched the lead to 22 points with a 13-0 run. Griggs scored twice in transition and a lay-up by Kayla Mobley in transition gave the Lakers a 35-13 lead with 3:27 remaining.
The Lakers took their largest lead of the first half, 42-18 on a lay-up by Shannon Smith with 51 seconds remaining.
Clayton State used an 11-0 run early in the second half to put the game out of reach. Brittany Hall and Smith each converted lay-ups, and a Griggs lay-up in transition gave the Lakers a 59-31 lead at the 12:52 mark. Clayton State extended its lead to 30 points for the first time on a 3-point play by Smith with 8:21 remaining.
That was part of a 13-1 run Laker run as Hall drained a 3-point basket to give Clayton State a commanding 85-44 lead with 5:18 remaining. That was the Lakers' largest lead of the game.
Overall, five Clayton State players scored in double-figures. In addition to Woodard, Griggs paced the Lakers with 20 points, followed by Keona Dixon with 15 points. Hall, who was also playing her final regular season home game on "Senior Night," scored 13 points, as did Smith off the bench. Mobley added nine points with 13 rebounds.
Freshman Shanteona Keys scored a game-high 29 points for Georgia College (4-22, 2-15 PBC), while Belinda Schaafsma added 11 points.