SC State Women Cancels Remainder of Basketball Season
The South Carolina State University Athletics Department announced on February 3 that the women’s basketball team will not complete the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to concerns for the health and safety of the student-athletes.
The decision was made after the team was plagued with injuries, leaving the Lady Bulldogs player roster depleted. The diminished player headcount made it challenging for coaches to continue to practice and compete at a high level beginning in Fall 2021.
SC State will maintain the current competition schedule for all other varsity sport programs in season this Spring. SC State Athletics will continue to keep the best interest of the student athletes first, both on and off the field of play.
“As a team we have made a very difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our Women’s Basketball season due to safety concerns,” said Director of Athletics Stacy L. Danley. “I’m very proud of our Lady Bulldogs for demonstrating the courage that it took to come to this decision and we support this decision as the health and safety of our student-athletes remains our number one priority”.
At the time of the announcement, the Lady Bulldogs had a 1-9 overall record and was 0-2 in conference play. Their lone victory came in a 69-60 win over UNC Ashville on December 12. SCSU had two games against Norfolk State that were scheduled for January 31 and February 1 postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.
Lamarche Earns Preseason Honor
Savannah State red shirt-senior baseball player Luis Lamarche was one of the 58 baseball players recently named to the 2021 Black College Nines’ Elite preseason baseball team.
Lamarche was named to the second team as a third baseman in the small school division which are made up of those in the NCAA Divisions II as well as NAIA and USCAA schools.
In the pandemic shortened 2020 season, Lamarche started all 14 games the Tigers played in and had a .372 batting average and a .535 slugging percentage. In 43 at bats, the Miami, Florida native collected 16 hits, scored 10 runs, hit seven doubles, drove in 11 runs, drew five walks and struck out five times.
Lady Tigers Open Basketball Season
The Savannah State women’s basketball team opened their 2021 season by hosting Allen on February 9 and Benedict on Feb. 11 at Tiger Arena.
SSU returns six players from last year including Le’Andrea Gillis, Amari Heard and Ta’Kyla Austin.
Gillis was a second team All-SIAC performer, averaging 18.5 points per game. Heard, who was the SIAC Freshman of the Year, averaged 9.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game while Austin, who was tabbed as the SIAC Newcomer of the Year, contributed 13.4 points a game. Azhana Maxwell, who scored 14.7 points a game a year ago, also returns to the team.
Newcomers include 6-foot-1 Woodville Tompkins grad Tabitha Deal, 6 foot Presbyterian transfer Bria Gibbs and Baltimore native Jourdyn Ayers who averaged 23 points a game last year at New Town High School.
Per a mandate by the SIAC, all Savannah State home games will be closed to the public, students and fans. Savannah State Athletics, in partnership with the Savannah State Journalism and Mass Communications Department, will stream all home basketball games through the department’s website, ssuathletics.com.