The number one ranked and undefeated Clayton State women’s basketball team (26-0) is having a season to remember, and on Tuesday several Laker players were recognized for their outstanding regular season play.
Senior guard Drameka Griggs, senior forward Kayla Mobley, junior center Shacamra Jackson and freshman guard Kayla Pryce, all received awards from the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) office in Augusta,Ga.
Griggs, a 5-5 guard, received the conference’s top honor, as she was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Player of the Year, the first time a Clayton State player has received the honor, and a likely first step to All-American, if not NCAA Division II Player of the Year, status. The senior from Ellenwood, Ga., who typically comes off the Lakers’ bench and averages less than 29 minutes a game (a function of Clayton State’s 21 point average margin of victory), is second in the PBC in scoring with 19.5 points per game. She is also second in the league in steals and field goal percentage (including shooting better than 50 percent from three point range) and leads the conference in free throw percentage.
A four-time PBC Player of the Week this season, Griggs has led the team in scoring 21 times this year, is the only Laker averaging in double figures, and is 39 points shy of the school’s single-season scoring mark of 547 points. This is the second year in a row Griggs has been named to the All-Conference squad.
A junior from Marietta, GA, Jacksonleads the Peach Belt and is ranked seventh in the nation in blocked shots and became the third straight Laker to win
the Defensive Player of the Year award; Tanisha Woodard claimed the award the previous two years.
A freshman fromMelbourne,Fla., Pryce has started all 26 games in her first year of collegiate basketball. She becomes the secondClaytonStateplayer to be named the PBC’s Freshman of the Year, joining Apryl Brown who received the honor in 2001/02.
Mobley, a senior fromPlantation,Fla., was named to the Peach Belt’s All-Conference team along with Griggs and Jackson. Along with Griggs and Jackson, Mobley is a three-year letterwinner in the Clayton State basketball program, which is 90-5 (.947) over the last three years, the top winning percentage of any program at the NCAA Division II level. The Lakers have won three straight Peach Belt regular season championships and the NCAA Division II national championship in 2010/11… dreams made real.
ClaytonStatewill open this week’s Peach Belt Conference Tournament atColumbusStateas the top seed from the West Division and will face Armstrong Atlantic on Thursday at 5 p.m.