Elizabeth City State named LaTaya Hilliard-Grey Deputy Athlefic Director

From the CIAA Elizabeth City State University Director of Athletics, James DuBose, Jr, has announced the appointment of LaTaya Hilliard-Gray as the department’s Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  She will assist with the overall oversight of the Vikings Athletic Department, while also serving as the highest-ranking female in the department promoting meaningful representation of women in the leadership and management of ECSU Athletics. “As we continue to build our team, I am excited to have LaTaya join the Viking family”, said DuBose.  “She has an extensive background as an…

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Sixty-six CIAA student-athletes named on 2021-22 D2 ADA Academic Acheivement Awards List

From the CIAA The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced its 2021-22 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards with 66 student-athletes from three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) schools receiving recognition. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 15th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. Saint Augustine’s University led all CIAA schools with 25 honorees, followed by Lincoln University and Bowie State, with 22 and 19, respectively. In total, there were a record-breaking 16,802 student-athletes from 171…

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2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament Day 1: Men’s and Women’s Recap

Courtesy the CIAA 2022 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket 2022 CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Tournament Central BALTIMORE, MD – The 2022 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament tipped off on Tuesday, February 22. Check out recaps from the first day of action inside Royal Farms Arena.  Women’s – #12 Livingstone 49, #5 Fayetteville State 38 (Opening Round) Jamiah Lane played an excellent all-around game as the No. 12 seed Livingstone women shocked No. 5 seed Fayetteville State 49-38 in the opening game of the CIAA Tournament at Royal Farms Arena on…

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Lincoln men’s bball defeats Shaw 96-90

Courtesy of Lincoln University Athletics Box ScoreRALEIGH, N.C. – To say freshman Bakir Cleveland (Newark, N.J. /University) was struggling for the last three games would be an understatement.However, got to work before and after practice, and he realized the fruits of his labor as the guard tallied a career-high 25 points as the Lincoln University men’s basketball team defeated Shaw, 96-90, Wednesday in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action. After shooting just 2-of-24 in the previous three games, Cleveland shot 9-of-16 from the floor – including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to record his…

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Lincoln Women’s Hoops clinches CIAA North

Courtesy of Lincoln University Athletics There was going to be no leaving their opponent hanging around and gaining confidence this time. With a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division crown on the line, the Lincoln University women’s basketball team dominated Shaw from start to finish in avenging an earlier season loss with the 97-47 pasting of the Bears.  With the Elizabeth City State loss earlier in the day, Lincoln clinched the CIAA’s Northern Division. A victory Saturday and the Lions will be the top seed in the upcoming CIAA Tournament.…

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Virginia State takes care of Bowie State, 78-61

Courtesy of Bowie State Athletics 61BSU-M 78 VSU-M Team 1 2 F BSU-M 20  41  61 VSU-M 40  38  78 Despite another leading performance from sophomore David McCullough (Bowie, MD), the Bowie State men’s basketball team dropped a 78-61 contest to Virginia State (9-14, 6-9 CIAA) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) division tilt at the VSU Multipurpose Center Wednesday night. The loss dips the Bulldogs (7-19, 5-10 CIAA) to sixth in the North as BSU will likely be playing on the first night of the 2022 CIAA Tournament next week. McCullough…

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CIAA unveils updated COVID-19 game cancellation policies

Monday morning, the CIAA announced their updated COVID-19 game cancellation protocols for the 2021-22 season. From the CIAA: CIAA COVID-19 Game Cancellation Policy (for conference seeding and ranking) General Information– If a team cancels a conference contest due to being in COVID-19 protocol, it could result in a loss for the cancelling team and a win for the team that is eligible and prepared to play.- If both teams are in COVID-19 protocol and mutually agree to cancel a conference contest, then it could result in a loss for both…

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MEAC Basketball Weekly Honorees

From the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Redshirt sophomore guard Jesse Zarzuela of Coppin State has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, presented by Coca-Cola, it was announced on Tuesday. Zarzuela’s teammate, redshirt junior forward Tyree Corbett, is the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman guard T.J. Madlock of South Carolina State is the MEAC Rookie of the Week. Zarzuela (G, 6-3, 170, r-So., Houston, Texas) averaged 26.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the Eagles’ games versus St. Bonaventure and Cornell. He shot 47.5 percent…

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Week 4 CIAA Basketball Men’s and Women’s Honours

From the CIAA: 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Composite Schedule2021-22 Women’s Basketball Conference Leaders (Statistics)2021-22 Women’s Standings 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Composite Schedule2021-22 Men’s Basketball Conference Leaders (Statistics)2021-22 Men’s Standings PLAYERS OF THE WEEK #3 Cress Worthy, Fayetteville State(Jr, 6-2 Guard – Gastonia, NC) Worthy averaged 25.5 points and five rebounds per game in two contests, including a career-high 28 points in a non-conference win over Virginia State. The junior guard also totaled seven assists and three steals while shooting 50 percent from the field and 54 percent from three (7-for-13).  MEN’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK #20 Raemaad Wright, Virginia…

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BOGO ticket packages available for 2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament

The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Legendary DJ Kool to perform at Official CIAA Events during Tournament Week (February 22-26) From the CIAA: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, announced today that Buy One Get One (BOGO) Half Off Ticket Packages are now on sale for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament set to tip-off February 22-26 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. BOGO ticket packages for the highly anticipated CIAA Basketball Tournament, featuring 22 action-packed games, are now available via Ticketmaster as well as the league office and its participating member institutions. Special priced BOGO packages are on sale…

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