D2 Women’s Basketball – Clayton State wins first title
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – What got the Clayton State Laker women’s basketball team all the way through the 2010-11 season was the reason for what it was rewarded on Friday night – the NCAA Division II National Championship!
Utilizing its vaunted pressure defense, the Lakers took over the second half and cruised to an impressive 69-50 victory over Michigan Tech in the 2010-11 NCAA Division II National Championship game at the St. Joseph Civic Arena. The national championship was the first for Clayton State in any sport in its athletic history.
In addition, the Lakers became the first women’s basketball team to win a national championship from the Peach Belt Conference and the first women’s basketball team to win a national championship for a four-year program in the state of Georgia.
Clayton State finished its banner season a whopping 35-1 overall.
The Lakers were paced by senior forward Teshymia Tillman with a game-high 26 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Drameka Griggs scored 12 points off the bench, while Latonda Bruce and Brittany Hall each added seven points. However, it was the pressure defense that the Lakers have become known for that was the difference.
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