Clayton State women defeat Alumni team 82-66 in final preseason exhibition game
MORROW, GA – The Clayton State women's basketball team put the finishing touches on a perfect exhibition season, defeating a team of Laker "Legends" in its annual alumni game Tuesday.
The Lakers defeated the Alumni squad 82-66 in the annual contest, and are now ready to tip off their season for good.
Clayton State, ranked 10th in the preseason USA TODAY Sports/ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, opens the regular season on the road in Jackson, TN, in the Union University Lady Bulldog Classic, facing two of the toughest teams that NCAA Division II and the NAIA has to offer.
The Lakers will open against perennial Division II women's basketball powerhouse Delta State on Friday, November 16th, followed by facing the host Union, who has captured multiple NAIA National Championships over the last few years the next day.
Returning home to play in the Alumni game tonight were: Dominique Jennings, 2007-2009; Latonda Bruce, 2009-2011; Tanisha Woodard, 2008-2012; Ashley Aker, 2009-2010; Genesis Kelly, 2009-2012; Jenee Jemison, 2008-2010; Jorane Metelus, 2009-2010; Brittany Hall, 2008-2012; Breanna Fort, 2009-2011; LaDesha Stoudamire, 2009-2010; Shanrika Hardeman, 2007-2009; Shantel Ragin, 2006-2008; and Teshymia Tillman, 2009-2011.
"Tonight was an awesome night for Clayton State women's basketball," said head coach Dennis Cox. "We had a number of former players return, and it is always good to see all of them. They are responsible for laying the foundation for our program and have accounted for a lot of great wins."
In the game, Clayton State featured a balanced attack with four players in double digits. Forward Kayla Mobley led the way with 15 points, followed by guard Drameka Griggs with 14 points, eight assist and five steals. Guard Arkia Armstrong finished with 13 points, draining a trio of three pointers, while guard Keona Dixon added 12 points. Center Shacamra Jackson pulled a game high 11 boards.
For the Alumni team, guard Bruce finished 16 points to lead the Alumni team, hitting four 3-pointers, while Ragin chipped in 10 points.