MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Division II women's basketball teams from four different states will converge on the Centennial Center this week for the Third Annual Craig Massee Real Estate Classic. The two-day tournament runs from Dec. 29-30, with doubleheaders each day.
The tourney opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. with UNC Pembroke battling Tuskegee University, as the Bobcats take on Lincoln Memorial University at 7 p.m. On day two, LMU faces UNCP at 1 p.m., while Georgia College will take on Tuskegee at 3 p.m.
The Bobcats are 5-3, and members of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Senior forward Antoinette Reames (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) paces the Bobcats with 13.3 points per game, adding team bests in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and 12 blocks. Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) has games of 20 and 19 points in her last two games, averaging 11.6 per contest coming into the game.
UNC Pembroke, also members of the PBC, enters the tournament with a 4-5 record. The Braves have dropped five of their last seven, including conference losses to No. 21 Lander University and No. 15 Clayton State University. JaToya Kemp is a budding star, averaging 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She also paces the team with 17 steals. Kemp gets little help, as the next leading scorer is Briana Stanton at 7.0 per game.
Members of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC), Lincoln Memorial University comes into the tournament at 2-6. The Railsplitters have dropped four straight, most recently a Dec. 19 bout with Florida Tech. Dayshalee Solomon and Amberly O'Dell average 16.1 and 15.9 points per game, respectively.
Tuskegee is 2-3 on the young season, but both victories have come in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play. After a loss to D1 Grambling, the Tigers beat Claflin 73-62 Dec. 15 for their most recent game. Tequila Martin averages 16 points per game, ripping down 7.8 rebounds per game as well. Jennifer Anoka averages 8.0 points per game off the pine.
Action begins at the Centennial Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.
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