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Sports Forum / Albany State Names Interim AD
« on: March 08, 2023, 10:38:16 PM »

Effective March 6, 2023, Robert Skinner, Head Coach for Women's Basketball, will be the Interim Athletics Director.

Coach Skinner steps into the interim role with more than 43 years as a successful coach and community leader.  In addition to coaching women's basketball at ASU, Coach Skinner has been the head women's volleyball, and softball coach.  He has established himself as a well-respected coach in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and is a beloved member of the ASU family.

Skinner is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Athletic Coaching from Murray State University.


Savannah’s hospitality and infrastructure as a host city deservedly earn rave reviews. But will Savannahians support the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s basketball tournament?

The league’s tournament has been in town since Feb. 25. The atmosphere has been festive but the crowds sparse – kind of like walking down River Street five days before St. Patrick’s Day.

But for the SIAC, the weekend is coming. Monday-through-Friday workers are off. Students are closing their books. The home teams from Savannah State University will be in action Thursday. Win, and the men’s and women’s teams advance to Friday’s semifinals. Saturday, championships will be decided.

ESPN cameras will be rolling for their replay of the title games on Sunday. Will anyone be in the stands, and how has Savannah stacked up as a host to the league’s 15 schools?

“We’ve had very positive feedback,” SIAC commissioner Dr. Anthony Holloman said. “Games have been competitive and we’re  expecting great crowds on Friday and Saturday.”

Although he’s been commissioner for only six months, Holloman has a bead on the pulse of conference athletics. He was an athletic director at Fort Valley State University and was the chairman of the SIAC Athletic Directors Council  in 2021-22.

The last three years, the league basketball tournament was in Rock Hill, S.C., but the contract expired and Holloman wanted to look for a new venue.Savannah State’s willingness to host the tournament this season will bridge the event to its eventual long-term landing spot. And who knows? Savannah might just position itself to get that long-term deal.

“When I looked at locations on campuses, Savannah State was second to none,” Holloman said. “SSU president Kimberly Ballard-Washington and staff helped make this happen in short order. They have a great facility. (Savannah) is clearly a destination city and we think that will help drive interest in the tournament.”

But, nothing is a slam dunk.

“This was a deal to preserve the flexibility to make the best deal moving forward. … Clearly, we’ll be considering Savannah as a permanent home for the tournament, but we’ll look at all (interested) locations,” he continued.

Holloman said Memphis, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Macon have expressed desire to host the tournament. But the SIAC is dancing with Savannah right now. TIAA, Coca-Cola, Cricket Wireless and Home Depot are among the numerous sponsors onboard. And Savannah has numerous advantages.

“One thing that I had a perspective on when I was an athletic director in the conference, I knew the desire of the institutions in our league was to move (the basketball tournament) to a more central location,” Holloman said.

Savannah checks that box. Eight schools are within a four-hour drive.

“When you look at a basketball tournament, you not only want it to be a sporting event, but you want it to be an EVENT,” Holloman said. “You want people to come out even if they don’t have any affiliation with the league or the teams in the league because this is the place to be.”

Savannah checks that box too. St. Patrick’s day proves you don’t have to be Irish to wear green.

Holloman said he hopes to make his decision within 60 days.

“Going forward, I’ll be looking for a financial commitment from the municipality,” he said. “We’ll be a real boon wherever we go. We have 15 institutions, 29 teams – that’s a large league. We’ll drive revenue for (the new host) wherever we go.”

Sports Forum / Savannah State 2023 Football Schedule
« on: February 01, 2023, 07:48:30 AM »
09/02 at Southeastern
09/09 at Bethune-Cookman
09/23 at Albany State
10/07 at Fort Valley State
10/14 at Central State
11/04 at Lane

Sports Forum / FVSU women's basketball coach takes Division I job
« on: July 11, 2022, 07:57:20 PM »

Chicago State Interim Director of Athletics Jessica Poole announced today that Andrea Williams has been named head coach of the Cougars women's basketball team. A 27-year coaching veteran across Division I, II and III women's basketball, Williams comes to CSU following three years of leading the Division II Fort Valley State Wildcats.


How Savannah State baseball team reversed years of losing to rise to top of SIAC

Nathan Dominitz
Savannah Morning News

For a baseball team that's playing together so exceptionally well, Savannah State players are allowed to have a difference of opinion.

The Tigers are 33-10, their most wins since 2013, and captured the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title last weekend with a 28-2 (.933) mark.

SSU is the top seed in the SIAC tournament this week in Albany, and opens at noon Thursday against eighth seed Tuskegee.

This is an SSU program that was 14-7 a year ago, 7-8 in the COVID-shortened 2019 season, and before that posted losing records of 27-plus defeats from 2014-18.

So when did the Tigers know 2022 was going to be so special?

When they lost their SIAC opener 17-13 to Kentucky State on Feb. 19, said starting third baseman Phil Woullard Jr. Call it an early wake-up call.

"I think after that it was special because it clicked for all of us as a team," said Woullard, a redshirt senior.

SSU blanked Kentucky State 11-0 in the second game of the doubleheader to start a run of 25 consecutive league wins.

"We just all picked it up and started holding each other more accountable and we started getting after it more, and we started being better all-around," Woullard said. "That's why I think it was the turning point for us."

Right-handed pitcher Enrico Peele, a redshirt junior and one of three starters who are a combined 29-3, pointed to a three-game series March 5-6 at Spring Hill in Mobile, Alabama.

"That was probably our first real test of the season," said Peele (11-2, 3.96 ERA), second in NCAA DII in victories. "It was a lot of hype coming into it. We knew coming into the SIAC, they've always been one of the top SIAC teams. That's when we really came together and did what we had to do to win that weekend."

SSU swept the three games to put some space between it and Spring Hill, which fought SSU down to the last weekend and finished the regular season 34-13, 23-4 (.852).

Left fielder Joe Smith had a different answer: April 22, when host SSU trailed Albany State 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Tigers' 7-8-9 batters in the lineup each singled, loading the bases for Smith.

That's a good plan. The leadoff batter, Smith now leads all of NCAA Division II with a .470 batting average. He also is 11th in the nation in slugging percentage (.832) and third in triples (nine).

Smith cleared the bases with a three-run double for a 6-5 victory over one of the Tigers' main threats for the SIAC crown.

"All of those guys got on base," said Smith, a redshirt junior. "We're a team that fights. That's when I knew."

All good choices for season-defining moments, but right-hander Jose Santiago came to a fourth conclusion. The redshirt sophomore is one of the many talented transfers who make up more than half of the Tigers' 38-player roster.

Santiago transferred this school year from Webber International in his native Florida and leads off the starting rotation. He's 9-0 with a team-best 77 strikeouts (tied for 65th nationally) and 3.25 ERA, while another transfer, RHP Jared Showalter from Paul D. Camp Community College in Virginia, is 9-1 as the third starter with a 2.49 ERA. 

"As a transfer, you had to make a little adaptation at the beginning, but that's what the fall's about," Santiago said of the team's fall practice schedule. "We come in here in the fall. We had some new faces, mingle a little bit. As the fall went on, we became a family."

He points to a specific moment during the "fall world series," a three-game intrasquad series for bragging rights to conclude the practice slate. Catcher Omar Almodovar ran down a runner on the third-base line for the series' final out.

But it wasn't only his team celebrating. Both sides leaped on top of him, like the scene at the end of more conventional championship games.

"Omar made a play, and everyone went crazy and dogpiled," Santiago, who was on the losing side. "It showed we're a true family in the fall, so I knew that this spring was going to be a crazy spring."

Crazy good, like team batting .343 (10th in DII) compared to .261 for opponents. Smith, a Brunswick native, is at the top with his .470 batting average, and straight nines on doubles, triples and home runs with 64 runs, 41 RBI, 22 walks and 20 strikeouts in 149 at-bats.

"I started off kind of slow the first 10 games," said Smith, who hit .405 in 14 games in 2021, his first in Savannah after transferring from Palm Beach Community College. "After that, it was kind of like beating me up. I took it upon myself to change my swing. I started looking at old videos when I was hitting. Then I changed that. Ever since then, I've been hot."
Forecast for SSU hitters: Hot

Also various degrees of hot are starters such as second baseman Champion Robbins (.399), shortstop Gabriel Patxot (.379), center fielder Dwayne Franklin (.349), designated hitter Calvin Rucker (.344), first baseman Andrai Wright (.327), right fielder Cameron Diaz (.322), third baseman Woullard (.311) and sometime starting outfielder Jaden Oden (.367).

Head coach Carlton Hardy rotates catchers Derek Rivera and Almodovar and has gone with the same lineup nearly all season. Redshirt-freshman infielder Desmore Joseph II (.326 in 46 at-bats) filled in when Woullard was out with an illness.

"Now we have a guy we believe can play every day in the SIAC that's one of our bench players and he's just waiting for his opportunity to get on the field," Hardy said of Joseph.

Hardy, who favors aggressive baserunning, starts with a game plan and lets the game flow impact changes. If the Tigers are hitting, which has frequently been the case, they won't run as often.
Starting pitching dominates for Tigers

As for the pitchers, the staff has an ERA of 4.28, to 8.88 for opponents. Hardy judges a quality start as six innings, three runs or fewer allowed. That's often been the case for Santiago, Peele and Showalter, leaving the bullpen well-rested.

"I tell the kids, the only thing I can do is dictate who's starting," Hardy said. "The game will dictate what changes will need to be made. Those three guys when they take the rubber, they're closers themselves."

Hardy, the head coach since 2006, calls himself "a process guy." He wants batters to work one pitch at a time, putting a good swing on the right pitch and focus on the process, not whether it was a hit.

Likewise, he's not taking a long view of a long season. The goal is to go 1-0. Then start over and go 1-0. That builds consistency.

"This year's team has come together, they're playing hard, they're happy, they're excited," Hardy said. "They're winning games in all types of ways. So it's a real good vibe here."

It hasn't been this good since 2013, when star right-hander Kyle McGowin (a future MLB pitcher) led then-DI SSU to a 33-23 record, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament crown and a berth in the NCAA regionals.

"This is one of the best groups," Hardy said of the 2022 squad. "All of the guys love each other. They're playing hard. They're receptive to the culture that we create here at Savannah State. We've got a good thing going."

When the going is this good, there's a lot of buying into the system. Players listen and follow through on instruction from Hardy and volunteer assistant coaches Paul Grubesic (pitching) and Robert Kraft (hitting). They're all about the team.

"They make my job easy," Hardy said from the dugout as his players practiced on a typically sunny, hot Savannah afternoon.

"As I look out on the field, I realize I don't have to physically be out there yelling and screaming and doing all these things because the guys understand the culture," he said. "This is the expectation at Savannah State. So they have a practice scheduled, they know what to do. Our assistant coaches do a great job of making sure the guys are held accountable, and the guys have that responsibility. They're following through on everything we're asking them to do."

Nathan Dominitz is the Sports Content Editor of the Savannah Morning News and Email him at Twitter: @NathanDominitz

Sports Forum / Basketball Coach Uses N-Word During Practice
« on: April 23, 2022, 09:34:20 PM »

Keith Bunkenburg, Benedictine’s Head Men’s Basketball coach, said the N-word to a Black player on his team during an open gym Tuesday.

“This is not a Black issue, it’s a Benedictine issue,” said Black Student Union President Keewaun Stokes.

The team lined up on the end line to stretch when Kevin Agwomoh, a men’s basketball player, walked in with his speaker on a low volume level. Coach Bunkenberg allegedly said to Kevin Agwomoh, ​​“I’m just not trying to hear the word n-—er and bitches.”

Words were exchanged and heated, Coach Bunkenburg allegedly said if he hears it in songs, he feels like he has the right to say it [n-word], according to Kevin Agwomoh.

Sports Forum / SIAC basketball
« on: March 23, 2022, 07:58:35 PM »

...Morehouse College will remove the interim tag from head coach Douglas Whittler. Whittler took over after the sudden passing of head coach Grady Brewer last spring. He led Morehouse to a 21-7 (15-2 SIAC) record this past season. More on this when it becomes official.

 Bonzi Wells is interviewing at Ball State. The former NBA player and Muncie, IN native is currently the head coach at D2 LeMoyne-Owen College. ...

Sports Forum / new Savannah sports reporter is a Grambling grad
« on: March 10, 2022, 06:40:22 PM »

Corey Howard joined WSAV Sports in January of 2022 and brought to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry a true passion for sports. His goal each day is to share that passion for sports using his ability as a storyteller to inspire the community.

Before arriving in Savannah, Corey worked as a news/sports anchor for two years at the NBC affiliate in Alexandria, Louisiana. Corey joined the U.S. Army Reserves and specialized in military coverage. While working in Louisiana, Corey was honored with multiple statewide awards for breaking news reporting, community service and outstanding sports coverage. His favorite sports assignment so far — covering the 2019 National Championship watching the LSU Tigers beat Clemson.

Corey graduated from Grambling State in 2015 (B.A.), and then LSU in 2017 (M.A.). He’s a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and is always looking for new friends.

Email story ideas at or text me at 912-483-8896.

Sports Forum / LC Cole back in the SIAC
« on: March 09, 2022, 07:51:38 PM »

Allen (D-II - SC): LC Cole has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Allen. Cole, the former head coach at places like Tennessee State and Alabama State, spent the last several years as a high school coach in Alabama, most recently at Park Crossing HS (AL).

Sports Forum / NCAA DII postseason bracket leaves out Savannah State
« on: November 14, 2021, 09:21:16 PM »

NCAA DII postseason bracket leaves out Savannah State, jumped in rankings by Lenoir-Rhyne

Nathan Dominitz
Savannah Morning News

The Savannah State football team's season is over after the Tigers, with one of their best records in years, were left out of the NCAA Division II postseason on Sunday.

The Tigers came into the weekend ranked No. 8 in Super Region Two, with the top seven teams in each of the four regions nationally advancing to the playoffs for 28 berths total. SSU was idle this weekend after 10 straight weeks of games, but hoped the 8-2 overall record and 5-1 mark in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was impressive enough for the top seven.

Mars Hill, No. 6 in the most recent region ranking, fell to 8-3 with a 26-19 loss to Wingate on Saturday, likely creating an opening in the top seven.

When the NCAA DII selection show Sunday revealed the region's bracket, previous No. 9 Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2) was the new seventh seed.

"Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, (but) I'm not on the committee," Quinn said. "The biggest thing is I think we had a good enough resume at 8-2. We were an 8-2 team ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne and then they picked the 8-2 Lenoir-Rhyne team over us that was behind us in the rankings.

"I'm grateful for the year we had. I'm disappointed we didn't get in. I think we should have been in. I'm sure there are a bunch of other coaches that feel the same way I do."

Savannah State held a watch party for the 5 p.m. Sunday selection show with players, coaches, staff and families. Quinn said everyone was excited and having a good time until the bracket was revealed.

"It was a lot of fun up until the announcement, then it was like a funeral at that point," he said.

He thanked the seniors for their contributions of the past, and then talked with the underclassmen about the program's future. But this season also must have been dissected in discussions.

Lenoir-Rhyne has won six straight games, and has wins over Mars Hill 31-16 and Wingate 31-6. The losses were at current No. 6 seed Newberry, a 9-2 team, 28-21; and at UVA Wise, a 5-6 team, 35-28.

Quinn credited Lenoir-Rhyne for successfully campaigning to make the DII playoffs.

"They've got a good reputation. We're an up-and-comer," he said. "The committee said our league (SIAC) is not as worthy as the SAC 8 (South Atlantic Conference) is to be in the playoffs."

Savannah State's two losses were in the season opener at No. 1 seed Valdosta State, a 9-1 team, 53-7; and at No. 4 seed Albany State, a 10-1 team, 30-0 on Oct. 23.

"Obviously, our losses were factored heavier than our wins were," Quinn said.

Albany State went on to win the East Division ahead of SSU and a berth in the league championship game Saturday, when it beat Miles 31-0. 

Valdosta State (9-1), which was No. 2 in the most recent AFCA coaches national poll, earned the bye as the region's top seed despite losing Saturday at West Florida. No. 2 Bowie State (10-1) will host Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2); and No. 3 and defending national champion West Florida (9-1) will host Newberry (9-2). VSU will host the winner of 2 vs. 7 on Nov. 27.

Newberry and Lenoir-Rhyne represent the South Atlantic Conference, Albany State the SIAC.

"Obviously, our league is not held in high enough regard yet," Quinn said. "We had some other good wins. For whatever reason, those weren't taken into consideration. We weren't given the opportunity to get into the playoffs, so obviously (we're) disappointed. I'm new to this process, our team is. We've got to find a way to win nine or 10 games instead of eight to make sure we get in this time next year."

Now Savannah State is in the conversation when the committee meets each week to rank the region's teams.

"It's baby steps," Quinn said. "I'm not big on moral victories. You're either in or out. We're outside looking in, so that's bittersweet. I felt like we have a good enough football team that we can compete with anybody if we played well. Obviously, in our two losses we played poorly. We needed to win the Albany State game to get in."

Playing Valdosta State, a perennial power and one of the top teams in the national rankings all season, toughened SSU's strength of schedule. Quinn said an in-state opponent from a powerful conference like the Gulf South is a better strategy than scheduling an FCS program, as zero consideration is given to by the committee to games outside of DII.

"We played the best team (Valdosta) in America according to everybody; we picked the hardest one," Quinn said. "We've got to be smart in who we schedule. We've got to play those guys in the regular season or playoffs at some point — them and West Florida and West Georgia."

Quinn also has long argued that the SIAC allow teams to play an 11-game schedule, giving all of them one more chance to add a victory.

SSU has felt on the other side of SIAC decisions such as in 2019, when it went 7-3 overall and 5-0 in the league to win the East Division but did not play for the SIAC title. League members had voted before the season that because SSU was transitioning to DII and not eligible for the playoffs, should it happen to win the division, another team would represent the East.

The SIAC canceled the 2020 fall sports season because of the COVID-19 pandemic when SSU figured to have a strong team returning.   

"The biggest thing we've got to do is win," Quinn said. "The other stuff is out of our hands. Obviously, it's been disappointing the decisions over the last couple of years that went against us. I give our guys credit. Our team's been competing and finding a way to win.

"We've got to just keep winning and force it where people can't keep us out of things. For the committee to not pick us, that was their decision. We've just got to come back with a better body of work next time. We've also got to know how to work our end of it to make sure we're highlighted and we're in the forefront of people's minds to be selected like some other schools were."

Nathan Dominitz is the Sports Content Editor of the Savannah Morning News and Email him at Twitter: @NathanDominitz

Sports Forum / ga southern hires former southern cal coach
« on: November 04, 2021, 07:31:10 AM »

New details emerge about Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton’s contract

by: Andrew Goldstein   
Posted: Nov 3, 2021 / 06:20 PM EDT   / Updated: Nov 3, 2021 / 06:20 PM EDT   

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia Southern found the new leader of its football program Tuesday in former Southern California coach Clay Helton.

Athletic director Jared Benko promised in the wake of prior head coach Chad Lunsford’s dismissal to think big in search of his next head coach. New details from Helton’s contract reveal exactly how big Benko went.

Helton’s deal is for five years, starting Nov. 1, 2021, and running through 2026. It begins with a baseline salary of $700,000 and increases by $50,000 each year of the deal up to a $900,000 salary in year five.

The figures confirm reporting by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, who reported Tuesday that Helton would earn an average of $800,000 per year over the deal’s length.

Helton’s average salary is more than a 15 percent raise over Lunsford’s base rate of $680,000. However, it is a significant downgrade from what he made at USC. The Trojans paid Helton more than $4.8 million in 2019-20 alone, per Los Angeles Times reporter Ryan Kartje.

    From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, USC paid head football coach Clay Helton $4.813 million, according to the university’s federal tax return. Helton was paid $4.569 million over the previous year.
    — Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) May 17, 2021

Helton has the opportunity to earn more than his base salary through performance incentives. He would earn $25,000 for a Sun Belt championship game appearance or $50,000 if the Eagles actually won the game.

In addition, Helton would receive a bonus of $25,000 if Georgia Southern reached any kind of bowl game. A Sun Belt Coach of the Year Award would net him $10,000.
Helton’s contract includes performance incentives that are far more lucrative than the university offered to prior head coach Chad Lunsford.

The incentives in Helton’s contract are much higher than those contained in the last year of Lunsford’s contract. Lunsford would have earned just $10,000 for a conference championship and $7,500 for a bowl appearance, although that figure would increase to $13,500 for a bowl win.

If Georgia Southern terminates Helton without cause at any point prior to the conclusion of the contract, the university will be responsible for paying the remainder of his salary. Georgia Southern is currently paying Lunsford’s buyout until the end of 2022, which is estimated at roughly $1 million.

In addition to his salary and incentives, Helton will receive other benefits, including a company car, membership at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro and a $25,000 moving stipend.

Helton will be formally introduced at a press conference at 4:14 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Field House. There will be a pre-press conference Eagle Walk at 3:45 p.m.

Sports Forum / Augusta Univ. men's basketball program
« on: October 28, 2021, 08:12:19 PM »

The Augusta University (AU) men’s basketball team will start the season without head coach, Dip Metress on the sidelines while he serves the remainder of a six week unpaid suspension for NCAA violations. Metress is suspended for the first five games of the season for his role in a former Jaguars’ assistant coach taking a online test for a player in March of 2021. O’Neal Armstrong, the second-year assistant coach cited in the violations, was fired from AU on August 30, 2021. The player in question is no longer listed on the AU men’s basketball team roster.

Sports Forum / olympic history?
« on: August 03, 2021, 11:21:35 AM »
Many HBCUs have had track stars compete in the Olympics such as Tennessee State, Morehouse, FAMU and countless others.

This year, Savannah State has two former members of their women's basketball team with Nigeria. One is playing (Ezinne Kalu) and the other is one of the assistant coaches (Jessie Kenlaw).

Has any other HBCU had someone from their school compete in Olympic basketball as a player and/or coach?

Ezinne Kalu To Play In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan – Former Savannah State women's basketball star Ezinne Kalu will lead the Nigerian women's basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics beginning next week.

For only the second time in the African nation's history, Nigeria will be represented in women's basketball on the world stage. Kalu, an American-born dual citizen, was a pivotal part of the D'Tigeress' journey to Tokyo.

Nigeria qualified after winning the 2019 Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Africa Championship. Nigeria beat Senegal 60-55 for the FIBA title. Kalu led her team with 13.0 points, 3 steals and 3.2 assists in the championship game and was named the MVP of the tournament.

Following two wins in the Africa pre-Olympic qualifier, Nigeria closed the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia with a 76-71 loss to team U.S.A. Nigeria will get another chance at the No. 1 team in the world. They open the Tokyo Olympics against the U.S.A. on Tuesday, July 27 at the Saitama Super Arena to open Group B play.

"If you told 21-year-old me that I'd be playing for a national team or in the Olympics I would look at you like you had three heads," Kalu said. "That's huge! I am just a young girl from New Jersey who went to an HBCU and now I am going to be playing in the Tokyo Olympics."
The D'Tigeress' are ranked No. 14 in FIBA's World Ranking. They are one of the most successful teams the African country has ever produced. At the 2018 FIBA World Cup, according to, they became the first African nation to advance to the medal round at a top FIBA women's event. They are ranked No. 1 in FIBA Africa.

Kalu played for Savannah State for five years. She holds the NCAA Division I school record for most career points (2,119) and led several of the most successful women's basketball teams in school history during her career.
During her time as a Lady Tiger, she was named to the 2015 All-MEAC Tournament Team; 2015 All-MEAC First Team; 2014 MEAC Preseason Player Of The Year; 2012 All-MEAC Preseason First Team; 2012 MEAC All-Conference Team.
In 2015, Kalu earned her bachelor's degree in history from Savannah State. She was immediately recruited to play professionally in the European basketball league. Kalu has played for the Nigerian national team since being recruited in 2011 while a student-athlete at Savannah State. For the last six years, she's had incredible success on both international stages.
She was named the 2016 Guard of the Year Portugal 1st Division; Captain of the Nigeran National Team 2016-17; 2017 Afro-Basketball Tournament Champion; 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Budapest 1st Division; 2018 Co-Captain of Nigerian Team; 2019 MVP of Afro-Basket Tournament; 2019 Afro-Basketball Tournament Champion; 2020 Top 12 Best Player of Africa; 2020 1st Team All-French Player; 2020 1st Team All-Imports France League; 2020 Guard of the Year France 1st Division.
Currently, she plays for the French team Landerneau Bretagne Basket. She signed with the team in 2019 and averaged 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the 2019-2020 season.

Peach Belt Welcomes Savannah State as Associate Member for Women’s Golf

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Savannah State University as an associate member for women’s golf. The Tigers will begin competition in the PBC this fall and participate in the 2022 women’s golf tournament.

“We are excited to welcome Savannah State as an associate member,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk. “Special thanks to athletic director Opio Mashariki and president Kimberly Ballard-Washington for making this historic move for the women’s golf program. We feel that Savannah State will be a significant addition to our women’s golf championship and we are very pleased to provide them a conference home.”

Savannah State Athletics began in 1902 with a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Over the last 119 years, the Tigers have earned championship titles in multiple divisions and conferences across several of its programs. Savannah State has produced professional baseball players, basketball players, football players and multiple Olympic athletes. Today, the Tigers field 15 men’s and women’s sports competing at the NCAA Division II level. Twelve programs are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

“We’re very excited for our women’s golf program to be included as an associate member in the Peach Belt Conference,” Savannah State Director of Athletics Opio Mashariki said. “This is a milestone for the program and a great opportunity for our young ladies to compete for a championship, weekly awards and recognition in a competitive and successful conference. Thank you to Commissioner Brunk for his efforts in this move. We look forward to a prosperous new era for our women’s golf program.”

The Savannah State women’s golf program began in 2000 and has operated as an independent competing on the NCAA Division I (2000-2019) and NCAA Division II (2019-Present) levels. The Lady Tigers will compete in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) beginning with the 2021-2022 season. It is the first conference affiliation for Savannah State women’s golf. Since inception, the Lady Tigers have won seven tournaments and made eight appearances at the PGA National Minority Championship (PGA Works Collegiate Championship).

The Peach Belt began women’s golf as a league championship in the 2009-10 season. 13 PBC women’s golfers have been named All-Americans in that time and PBC teams have competed in the last nine NCAA regional events with five individuals qualifying for the National Championships.

SSU will compete in the 2022 Peach Belt Championships April 15-17. Further details about the championship will be released in the coming weeks.

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