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Friday, October 31, 2014

UDC Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Thomas Bullock Appointed to NCAA Division II Management Council

INDIANPOLIS – University of the District of Columbia Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Dr. Thomas Bullock was appointed to serve on the NCAA Division II Management Council as the new East Coast Conference representative, effective immediately.
Bullock is the first person from UDC to serve on the Management Council representing the ECC, and he is the ECC's first FAR representative. His first in-person meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming NCAA Convention in January.
"Tom has been an active member of our conference-wide FAR group over the past three years, and he has a very strong handle on both Division II and the ECC," ECC Commissioner Dr. Robert Dranoff said. "I look forward to working with Dr. Bullock closely over the next few years in this new role."
As a member of the Management Council, Bullock will help the committee implement policies adopted by the Presidents Council and Executive Committee, resolve Division II issues, and make recommendations to the Presidents Council related to Division II matters among several other duties.
"I am honored to represent the East Coast Conference and University of the District of Columbia on the Division II Management Council," Dr. Bullock said. "Serving as a FAR with the FAR Leadership Institute and Advanced Leadership Institute has offered me a lot of insight and experience in terms of the structure of governance at the NCAA Division II level. It is a very inclusive process that I'm extremely proud to be a part of."
According to Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas, Dr. Bullock has provided exemplary leadership on the national level with the FAR Association as well as his service as chair of UDC's Compliance Committee.
"His day-to-day assistance as our Faculty Athletics Representative working closely with administrators, coaches and student-athletes is outstanding," Thomas said. "Dr. Bullock's presence on Management Council will serve the East Coast Conference and the University of the District of Columbia in a significant way."

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Ways to Protect Female Athlete's Knees

Although there are certain considerations that must be accounted for in Female athlete and fitness Warrior programs, the basic protocols of injury prevention are the same. At US Sports Strength and Conditioning, we take a 9 month approach to long term injury prevention for a female athlete it would look like this:

The Women's Fitness Programs are designed to bring about a toning and shaping effect to the body by using lighter weights and higher repetitions. There is also a greater emphasis on the parts of the body that many females want to work on: hips, legs, buttocks, back of the arms etc.

One of the fundamentals in weight training is to not train the same bodypart on consecutive days. So, for these 3 Day Programs, take a day off in between each training session. However, the Consecutive Training Day Programs allow for grouping 3 training days any way one likes, depending on schedule.

The starting point of the workout is based on an initial fitness level. With feedback, the actual progression of the program will follow the body's unique adaptation process to exercise.
Fine tune the program to include all the exercises that feel best! To maximize the reduction of body fat, it is recommended to involve some cardiovascular exercise in the weekly exercise routine. Just choose one of the programs that has the cardio built right in. Have fun and get into the shape of your life!
This first training cycle (above) would prepare her to train for her sport of choice:

Sports Specific Workouts
The Sports Specific Programs are designed to give people an exercise program tailored to the demands of their chosen sporting activities. All sports, from Golf to Football, have specific movements and physical demands that can be improved with proper training. The knowledge and experience that goes into each of these sports specific programs is what makes them so effective.

The most important attribute of any quality training program is injury prevention. Knowing how to start a program is the first step. These Sports Specific Programs provide injury prevention by first establishing a strength and conditioning base. The sets, repetitions, exercise prescription, and actual weight of the programs are based off an initial fitness level and specific strength to bodyweight ratio's. With simple feedback, the progression of the program will follow the body’s unique adaptation process to exercise.

Whether the goal is performance enhancement or simply the enjoyment of participation in a favorite activity, these Sports Specific Programs can and will provide great results!
Then during her season she would keep her joints and muscles strong, and even get stronger as the season went along by doing one of our Strength and Power Programs:

The Strength and Power Programs were designed to maximize the body's ability to generate strength. There will also be a certain amount of muscle mass developed through the stimulus of using progressively heavier weights!

Throughout the length of the Strength and Power programs, the manipulation of the sets and repetitions for each exercise will be based on periodization concepts that involve changing the intensity and the volume of the workout.

The Strength and Power EXPRESS Programs are for those people short on time that still want a very effective workout. An EXPRESS Program will give you most of the benefits of the regular programs, but will take less time each day to complete. It will not change the primary emphasis of the program, it simply reduces the number of assistance exercises for the calves, forearms and neck muscle groups.
The Strength and Power ADVANCED Programs will really push you physically. Make sure to pay high attention to recovery processes such as eating quality foods and keeping the body properly hydrated. Sleeping at least 8 hours per night is also key. And, stretching or massage both before and after the workout is also vital. This will help to stimulate passive blood flow to the muscles aiding the removal of metabolic waste products. Crank it up!

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Ways to Protect Women's Knees
WASHINGTON (AP) - It took just one wrong jump, and women's basketball star Rebecca Lobo was on the floor in agony, yet another victim of a torn knee ligament called the ACL.
The very day Lobo was writhing in pain last week, doctors were meeting to figure out how to battle a growing problem: Women are far more susceptible to this debilitating knee injury than men. It's not just a risk for professional female athletes, but for high school and college teams, and even women who like a little weekend skiing, soccer or hoops.
Anterior cruciate ligament injuries are notorious because they're so painful and can require months of treatment and rehabilitation. But they also can predispose people to serious knee arthritis later in life, said Dr. Joan McGowan of the National Institutes of Health. The good news: There are some ways women can protect their knees, lowering the risk of injury by strengthening their hamstrings and learning to crouch properly while jumping, concluded a consensus conference sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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Now doctors' quest is to alert women. "These injuries affect young people, and can affect the rest of their lives," said Dr. Letha Griffin, team physician at Georgia State University, who organized the meeting. "We really need to ... help the public know that there are injury prevention techniques." Her message: "If I'm doing jumping, pivoting, cutting sports, I really need to look into some of these prevention techniques."
Inside the knee, two ligaments pass each other in the shape of a cross, connecting the upper and lower leg bones. The anterior cruciate ligament is the one in front, and it's important in pivoting. Many sports fans connect ACL injuries to football's crunching hits. But experts say most ACL tears actually are noncontact injuries - and studies show women suffer from them about five times more than men.
ACL injuries are particularly common with lots of jumping, quick deceleration and pivoting, like in basketball, soccer and skiing. But recreational athletes who run, take boxing classes, even do step aerobics can suffer, too, said McGowan. Scientists are studying everything from hormones to anatomy to explain the gender discrepancy. But neuromuscular factors seem to play the biggest role, and that's where women can lower the risk, Griffin said.
Hamstrings, muscles behind the thigh, relieve stress on the ACL when the knee bends. If your hamstrings are too weak, they may not protect the ACL. Men's hamstrings typically are 60 to 70 percent as strong as their quadriceps, muscles in front of the thigh. Women athletes may have strong quads, but they typically have significantly weaker hamstrings, said Dr. Thomas Lindenfeld of the Cincinnati Sportsmedicine Research and Education Foundation. So as they jump and pivot, the hamstrings don't do their job and the ACL tears. In addition, women jump and land differently than men - more straight-legged and flat-footed. Men bend their knees more as they jump and land, a built-in shock absorption.
The Cincinnati foundation created a program called Sportsmetrics to strengthen hamstrings and train female athletes to jump with their knees properly bent and body correctly aligned so they don't land off-balance. In a study of 1,200 high school athletes, the six-week program lowered girls' injury risk to equal boys' risk, Lindenfeld said. The foundation now sells a video that demonstrates the program, and dozens of high school and college teams already are adopting the techniques.
Also, many ski shops carry pamphlets describing Vermont research on avoiding ACL injuries. Scientists videotaped ski accidents to show positions where skiers got so off-balance that the stress tore an ACL. Teaching skiers about those risky positions and how to regain balance on the slopes can reduce injuries, Griffin said. This focus on injuries shouldn't scare off women - exercise is key to good health and American women don't exercise enough, stressed McGowan, who led a related NIH meeting last week on women and sports.
But learning to prevent injuries in professional athletes could translate to a more fit general population, she said. It's important to know "this is the kind of thing amenable to training."
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bowie State Cross Country Places Second and 11th at CIAA Championships

Rhema Ndjami Earns All-Conference Honors

CARY, N.C. (October 30, 2014) – The Bowie State University women and men’s cross country teams competed in their final conference event of the season at the WakeMed Soccer Park this morning. The men placed second overall while the women placed 11th out of 12 teams at the 2014 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.  

The Lincoln University edged Winston-Salem State University by one point (59-60) to claim the women’s 5K crown with Shaw University finishing third with 95 points. Taylor-Ashley Bean of Virginia State repeated as the individual women’s 5K champion with a time of 19:27.57. Jazmina Paris-Morris of Shaw was second in 19:32.74 and Shana Brown of Lincoln finished third in 19:33.25.

BSU junior Samantha Ferguson (Newark, Del.) was the first Lady Bulldog runner to cross the finish line, placing 36th and finishing the course in 23:33.24. Freshman Treyniqua Dickey (Washington, D.C.) ran the course in a time of 24:44.24 to place 80th and senior Kayla Watson (Bel Air, Md.) completed the 5K course in 26:40.40, finishing in 55th place.

Seniors Rayshawn Penn (Richmond, Va.) and Crishonda Coffey (Richmond, Va.) rounded out Bowie State’s participants, placing 56th(26:45.00) and 64th (28:32.98) respectively.

In the men’s 8K race, Virginia Union scored 26 points and Bowie State University was second with 63 points. Virginia State University placed third with 95 points. The top three men’s and women’s squads received team awards.

Bowie State junior Rhema Ndjami (Hyattsville, Md.) was the men’s individual 8K champion with a time of 26:11.75. Kyle Edwards of Lincoln was second in 26:12.90 and Donovan Mundy of Virginia Union placed third in 26:14.12.

Freshman Michael Aregaye (Lanham, Md.) clocked in with a time of 28:00.57, placing him 13th overall and redshirt junior J.D. Tharpe, III (District Heights, Md.) finished in 14th place, running the 8k course in 28:04.49. Senior Sonny Hicks (Temple Hills, Md.) and junior Cullen Moseley (Landover, Md.) crossed the finish line, one behind the other, with times of 28:22.16 and 28:24.59 respectively. Hicks placed 17th overall while Moseley was 18th overall.

Freshman Ryan Washington (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Troy Jones (Waldorf, Md.) also competed but didn’t factor in the team scoring. Washington finished 20th overall (28:32.92) and Jones was 26th (29:12.16) among the men.

Bean headed the women’s All-CIAA team, which included Paris-Morris of Shaw and Brown of The Lincoln (Pa.). The other all-conference members are Merideth Alexander of Shaw, Danisha Wiggins of Winston-Salem State, Alexis Cubbage of The Lincoln (Pa.), Fanta Fofana of Saint Augustine’s University, Sarah Gray of The Lincoln (Pa.), Domenique Julius-Williams of Johnson C. Smith University and Tametris Morrison of Winston-Salem State.

Ndjami led the men’s All-CIAA squad, which included Edwards of Lincoln and Mundy of Virginia Union. The other all-CIAA members are Franck Charles of Virginia Union, Emmanuel Nelfrard of Virginia Union, Luis Neives of Virginia Union, Christopher Henry of Virginia State, Deandre Horton of Virginia Union, Marcus Nelson of Shaw and Jalen Robinson-McCoy of Saint Augustine’s University. Each men’s and women’s All-CIAA member received an individual award.

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Lifting weights is as important to physical fitness as aerobic exercise.

 The big 'duh' but just in case you didn't know, cardio by itself only will not cut it. -Nate
Although aerobic exercise burns far more fat calories, weight lifting or resistance training, increases your lean body mass. Muscle tissue is metabolically active. It uses as much as 45 calories per pound per day to sustain itself. The more muscle tissue you have, the higher your resting metabolism. Even when watching television, the local gym rat burns more calories than their couch potato neighbor. So, while aerobic exercise burns fat during and briefly after a workout, the lean muscle tissue that is gained by lifting weights burns calories around the clock. That's especially important if you want to decrease body fat.
Stronger muscles also enable you to perform daily activities more easily. The result is less fatigue at the end of the day. Well conditioned muscles also reduce your risk to injury.
Strength training is a highly individualized procedure. That's why two equally successful strength athletes may have very different training routines. Nevertheless, in order to increase muscle mass or lean tissue, you need to train with weights a minimum of two to three times per week. US Sports Strength and Conditioning offers customized fitness programs that are tailored to your individual fitness goals.
The American College of Sports Medicine now considers resistance training a necessary component of any sound exercise program. So regardless of what your fitness goal may be, get out there and toss some weight around.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Former Bulldog Douglas McNeil Signed to Denver Broncos Practice Squad

DENVER, Colo. - Former Bowie State University wide receiver Douglas McNeil, III was signed to the NFL's Denver Broncos on Tuesday. McNeil was signed to the final spot available on the Broncos' practice squad. He has already played professionally, most recently active with the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League where he played 11 games and caught 66 passes, 18 of which went for touchdowns. During his time in a Bulldogs uniform (2010-2012), McNeil recorded 84 career receptions for 1407 yards and 11 touchdowns. DENVER POST ARTICLE     OTHER RELATED ARTICLE

Announcing breakthrough new cancer treatments

Breakthrough New Cancer
Treatment Announced at
Cancer Control Society Meeting

This is the second of two reports about the 2014 Cancer Control Society Convention and Doctors’ Symposium, held over Labor Day weekend at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, California
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At the Doctors’ Symposium, one of the world’s best cancer doctors, Tony Jimenez, M.D., stood up and declared, “Rigvir introduces a new era in cancer therapy. Rigvir is better than anything I’ve seen in 25 years!”
What is Rigvir? It’s actually a virus -- not a man-made virus but a virus made by God. This particular virus is found in the gut of children. Rigvir therapy seeks and destroys cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct.
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Flu Fighters -- Stock Up On These Immunity-boosting Foods

 With all of the talk of infectious diseases and the fear and hysteria surrounding them. You may not be aware that you have the ammunition to fight back and essentially never get sick if you keep your body rich with antioxidants and helped with exercise, rest, and hydration.  And yes, that includes fighting the Ebola Virus
Flu Fighters -- Stock Up On These Immunity-boosting Foods
The history of cold and flu containment reads like a catalog of neuroses, from the once-popular practice of avoiding cold weather (or at least wearing a hat) to our current compulsion to wash our hands and wipe our phones in avoidance of microbial mingling. Now the latest research tells us to eat functional foods to combat infection. At least this new trend requires somewhat less clinical behavior.
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The phrase "functional" is shorthand for the ancient belief that eating the right foods not only prevents illness  from cancer and hypertension to colds and flu  but may even help cure it. "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food," said Hippocrates. Science is only now playing catch-up. Recently, a landmark study by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggested that food can be as effective as drugs by showing that a lowfat diet containing lots of fruits, vegetables and dairy products radically reduced blood pressure.
"Nature constructed food to fight disease in a way that we can't replicate," says Joseph V. Formica, Ph.D., professor of microbiology at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine. Still, scientists can isolate the chemical makeup of fruits, vegetables, fish, grains and other foods that affect our cells , and our health. Stock up on the following so you don't have to hoard Kleenex.
Flavonoids: These substances are a type of PHYTOCHEMICAL, natural compounds that protect plants against disease and have been found to prevent cancer and heart disease in humans. Recent lab tests here and in France have shown that flavonoids can actually stop viruses from reproducing. "Flavonoids seem to bind to the outside protective coat of viruses and then damage their DNA," explains Formica. Best sources: red wine and tea, as well as raw or cooked onions, kale, broccoli, tomatoes and citrus fruits.
Protein: "Protein is especially important for powering the immune system," says Frances Tyus, R.D., a nutritional consultant at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Immune-system worker bees, like antibodies and T cells, are actually made of protein, and you need a constant supply for reinforcement. To make sure your body is well defended, especially when you're about to get sick, aim for 50 to 75 grams a day; that's about two servings of meat, poultry or fish, plus a serving of beans and two glasses of milk.
Minerals: Your body can't do much with protein unless it has three minerals (magnesium, iron and zinc) and three B vitamins (B6, thiamine and riboflavin) to help transform it into muscle and other tissue. This seems like a lot to remember, but you can get most of these nutrients in one shot from sources like fish, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin A: Mucous membranes that line the eyes, nose, lungs and stomach are your immune system's first line of defense against invading cold and flu viruses. Vitamin A helps keep these membranes healthy. Although fatty foods like butter, milk and eggs are packed with the vitamin, many fruits and vegetables contain compounds that the body converts to vitamin A as it needs it. Go for orange, red and dark green hues like sweet potatoes, papaya, spinach, carrots, squash and cantaloupe.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is needed to produce a healthy stock of infection-gobbling white blood cells. "It's easy to get the amount you need from food," says Tyus. In addition to drinking orange juice, eat raw tomatoes, kiwis, papaya, strawberries, spinach, sweet potatoes and red peppers.
Not that you should stop washing your hands to kill microbes or brave the cold with a naked head. The first is still good science, and the second just makes sense.
-Adapted from Women's Sports & Fitness, 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Bulldogs Football Receives CIAA Honors for Win Against Virginia Union

HAMPTON, Va. - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the conference Sports Information Directors have released the Week 7 Player / Coach of the Week honors and the Bulldogs are represented by Christopher Townsend, Mario Diaz-Aviles and Head Coach Damon Wilson.

Townsend led the Bulldogs in tackles for the fourth straight game, racking up a game-high 11 (which included 2.5 TFL's) vs. Virginia Union and intercepted one pass, returning it for a 39-yard touchdown and was voted CIAA Linebacker of the Week. Diaz-Aviles, the CIAA Special Teams Player of the Week, was 2-for-2 in PATs against Virginia Union and was also a perfect 2-for-2 in field goals which included the game winning 41-yard FG to defeat the Virginia Union Panthers. Wilson and the Bulldogs knocked off the (then) co-division leading Panthers of Virginia Union 20-17 in overtime by a score of 20-17 and was named CIAA Coach of the Week.

The Bulldogs travel to The Lincoln University on Saturday (November 1st). Game time is 1 pm in Lincoln Stadium.CLICK HERE to follow the game via live stats.

Curtis Pumphrey Named BOXTOROW National Player of the Week

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. - Bowie State defensive back Curtis Pumphrey has been named the MELD-App BOXTOROW National Player of the Week. Pumphrey, a redshirt-junior from Laurel, Md., recorded seven tackles, two interceptions, a pass breakup and a forced fumble in the Bulldogs 20-17 overtime victory over Virginia Union.

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Bowie State Suffers 3-1 Volleyball Setback to Virginia Union on Senior Night

BOWIE, Md. (October 27, 2014) - Bowie State University volleyball started strong but faded fast, suffering a 3-1 Senior Night setback to Virginia Union University. The loss sets the Lady Bulldogs overall season record at 6-20 overall, 3-12 on the conference and 1-8 in the division.

After the Lady Bulldogs captured a 25-22 first set win, the Lady Panthers regrouped to win three straight by scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-14 to earn the divisional win and sweep the season series on Monday evening.

Junior Yaje Ngundam (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore India Mason (New Orleans, La.) paced Bowie State with nine and eight kills respectively. Ngundam tallied a team-high 15 digs and redshirt junior Marissa Martinez (Albuquerque, N.M.) added 14 digs. Sophomore Amy Harvey (Laurel, Md.) recorded a team-high 23 assists.

Virginia Union (10-14, 9-5 CIAA, 5-3 North) was led by Kristin Madison (Fayetteville, N.C.) with a match-high 18 kills while Ellie Parsons picked up a match-high 23 digs for the Lady Panthers. Esha Atkins (Killeen, Texas) and Chelsea Beaudoin (Upper Marlboro, Md.) recorded 11 and 10 digs respectively. Atkins also paced both teams with a match-high 29 assists.

The Lady Bulldogs will be idle until they host Cheyney University at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 4th in Bowie State’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lady Bulldogs Place Third at Hampton Road Collegiate Invitational

NORFOLK, Va. - The Bowie State University bowling team competed in the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational on Saturday and Sunday with the Lady Bulldogs finishing third overall out of the six teams competing in the tournament. Saturday featured a traditional team scoring format while Baker play took place on SundayRESULTS ATTACHED

Host Norfolk State University won the invitational after turning in a perfect 10-0 record over the course of two days.  Elizabeth City State University finished in second place with a 6-4 record while Bowie State University, also 6-4, finished in third place after total pinfall and Baker play.

Morgan State University took home fourth place with a 4-6 record on the weekend while Howard University finished fifth with a 3-7 mark.  Chowan University finished 1-9 over the course of two days to earn a sixth place finish.

Sophomore Sierra Davis (Dayton, Ohio) paced the Lady Bulldogs with a 177.75 average after knocking down 711 pinson Saturday.  Senior Shayla Lightfoot (Henrico, Va.) had a total pinfall count of 876 in five matches for a 175.20 average.  Junior Keyandra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) followed with a 174.60 average and 873 total pins. Junior Ashley Wade (Richmond, Va.) competed for the Lady Bulldogs as well and tallied pins for a 147.00 average. 

Senior Ambrianna Bankston and freshman Makyra Bankston also competed over the weekend for the Lady Bulldogs averaging 143.00 and 128.00 respectively in four games each.

Norfolk State edged Bowie State (880-865) in the Lady Bulldogs first match of the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs responded with back-to-back wins over Chowan (832-600) and Morgan State (812-773) in traditional scoring matches. Elizabeth City State and Howard topped Bowie State in the final two traditional matches, beating the Lady Bulldogs 854-777 and 778-722 respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs recorded a 4-1 record in Sunday’s (10/26) Baker System matches, claiming wins over Elizabeth City State (1100-1062), Chowan (712-510), Howard (1011-933) and Morgan State (972-793). Bowie State’s lone Baker loss came against Norfolk State (1021-979).

Bowie State returns to action on November 7th when they travel to Midlothian, Virginia to compete in the first CIAA Event of the season hosted by Virginia Union University. 

ECC Coaches Predict a Three-Peat for Bridgeport Men's Basketball

Coaches Predict a Three-Peat for Bridgeport Men's Basketball
Daemen's Beverly and Dowling's Davis Share Preseason Player of the Year Honor

Central Islip, N.Y. – The University of Bridgeport men’s basketball team has been selected by the coaches of the East Coast Conference to win their third straight ECC title during the 2014-15 season. The league’s coaches also selected Gerald Beverly (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili HS) of Daemen and Darien Davis (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood HS) of Dowling as the Co-Preseason Player of the Year.

After taking home a second straight ECC title and third in five seasons during the 2013-14 campaign, Bridgeport received five first place votes and 113 points to top the preseason poll. The Purple Knights received the top spot in the poll despite returning only one of their top seven scorers from last year's roster (Ernest Rouse - 8.6 points per game).

LIU Post is the runner up in the poll with 107 points and two first place votes. In stark contrast to Bridgeport, the Pioneers return all but one player from a roster that posted a 17-12 record a season ago.

Daemen finishes the top three with two first place and 88 points. The Wildcats were winners of the ECC Regular Season Championship in their debut season in the conference, but were ineligible to advance to the ECC Championship as NCAA Provisional Members. Despite their high perch in the poll, Daemen is still not eligible for ECC or NCAA post-season play once again this year, in their third and final season in the transition from being NAIA members to NCAA Division II.

Dowling, who was the top seed in last year's ECC Championship, and District of Columbia round out the first place vote recipients, with one apiece.

Beverly and Davis share the honor of Preseason Player of the Year after outstanding junior campaigns last season. Beverly, a First Team All-Conference selection and the conference's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, helped guide Daemen to the top spot in the league standings as a force in the paint. The 6-7 forward poured in 18.9 ppg on 57.3 percent shooting from the field and was the only player in the conference to average double digit rebounds, pulling down 10.0 per game. Beverly swatted away 111 shots to average 4.0 blocks per game, as well. Both totals rank in the top-five in ECC history for a single-season.

Davis was a dynamic scorer for the Golden Lions, averaging 20.9 ppg to become the first player to top the 20 point mark at Dowling since the 2001-02 season. Davis, who joined Beverly as a First Team All-Conference honoree and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Second Team, shot 48.4 percent from the field. He also finished in the top 10 in the conference in field goals made (194), three-point field goal percentage (37.6), free throws made (133), steals (55), and steals per game (2.0).

2014-2015 ECC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Team                                       Pts.                      Last Year’s Record
1. Bridgeport (5)                        113                      18-11 (14-6 ECC)
2. LIU Post (2)                          107                      17-12 (12-8 ECC)
3. Daemen (2)                           88                        21-7 (17-3 ECC)
4. St. Thomas Aquinas              76                        15-14 (9-11 ECC)
5. Dowling (1)                           75                         22-7 (16-4 ECC)
6. Queens                                62                         9-18 (9-11 ECC)
7. Molloy                                  56                         17-13 (13-7 ECC)
8. NYIT                                    54                         10-16 (8-12 ECC)
9. District of Columbia (1)          42                          3-23 (1-19 ECC)
10. Roberts Wesleyan               37                         13-16 (8-12 ECC)
11. Mercy                                 16                          3-23 (3-17 ECC)

( ) - First Place Votes

Co-Preseason Player of the Year – Gerald Beverly, Daemen (6-7, Sr., F, Rochester, N.Y.)
Co-Preseason Player of the Year – Darien Davis, Dowling (6-3, Sr., G, Middle Island, N.Y.)

UDC Tops ECC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

UDC Tops ECC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
LIU Post's Williams Tabbed as Preseason Player of the Year

Central Islip, N.Y. – University of the District of Columbia, winners of last year's ECC Women's Basketball Championship, have been selected as favorites to do so once again in a vote by the conference's coaches. Chelsea Williams (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague HS), a senior guard from LIU Post, was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.

UDC finished last season with a 21-8 record on the way to winning the first ECC Championship in program history. They also made a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons since joining the ECC. The 2014-15 edition of the Firebirds has eight returning players on the roster, including All-Conference First Team picks Denikka Brent (Chesapeake, Va.) and Telisha Turner (Wilmington, Del.).

LIU Post finished narrowly behind UDC in the poll with four first place votes and 111 points. The Pioneers had near unprecedented success in 2013-14, winning an ECC Regular Season Championship and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first-time ever. Their win total of 24 was the second highest mark in program history, as well.

Queens College wraps up the top three with 89 points. The Knights, three years removed from a one win campaign, finished last season with 20 wins. NYIT, who comes in at fourth in the poll, received the final first place vote.

Williams receives the preseason honor after earning the ECC Player of the Year award last season. In 31 games, Williams ranked second in the ECC by pouring in 19.7 points per game and added 5.6 rebounds per game. She also finished in the top 10 in the ECC in three point field goals made (60), offensive rebounds (80), and steals (44). In addition, Williams put up historically good statistics by leading the ECC with 610 points and 228 free throws made. Her point total was the eighth highest single-season tally in ECC history while her free throw mark smashed the previous record of 210 set by Philadelphia University's Darlene Hildebrand during the 1994-95 season.

2014-2015 ECC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Team                                            Pts.                         Last Year’s Record
1. District of Columbia (6)               116                          21-8 (15-5 ECC)
2. LIU Post (4)                               111                          24-7 (18-2 ECC)
3. Queens                                      89                           20-8 (15-5 ECC)
4. NYIT (1)                                     85                           18-10 (13-7 ECC)
5. Roberts Wesleyan                      72                            15-14 (10-10 ECC)
6. Molloy                                        70                            14-14 (11-9 ECC)
7. St. Thomas Aquinas                    61                           12-13 (8-12 ECC)
8. Dowling                                      38                           10-16 (9-11 ECC)
9. Bridgeport                                   31                            7-19 (5-15 ECC)
10. Daemen                                    30                            8-18 (5-15 ECC)
11. Mercy                                       23                            2-24 (1-19 ECC)

( ) - First Place Votes

Preseason Player of the Year – Chelsea Williams, LIU Post (5-7, Sr., G, Copiague, N.Y.)