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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bulldogs Men and Women Ready For Tip Off



BOWIE, Md. – The Bowie State University women's basketball team is set to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, November 14 at 1 p.m.vs. Lock Haven in the opening game of the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic hosted by Shippensburg (Pa.) University.
 Lock Haven finished the 2013-14 season with a 7-19 overall record and were 5-11 in PSAC East action and are under the leadership of eighth year head-coach Jennifer Smith. Coach Smith will look to rely on four veteran leaders this season.  The Lady Eagles return their top-three scorers from last year including Marrysa Moyer (14.8 ppg), Emily Daugherty (12.8 ppg), and Sami Lane (9.5 ppg). Lock Haven has been picked to finish seventh in the PSAC East.

Fifth-year head coach Renard Smith and the Lady Bulldogs ended the 2013-2014 campaign with an overall record of 11-14, 6-10 in the CIAA and 5-5 in the division and have been picked to finish fourth in the conference’s Northern Division.
Smith has several returning players from last season’s squad including 2014-15 Preseason All-CIAA senior forward Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.), senior guard Alisha Burley (Baltimore, Md.), senior guard/forward Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md.) and juniors Alauna Jackson (Ellicott City, Md.) and ReVen Smith (Baltimore, Md.). Naylor led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring and rebounds last season, averaging 12.4 ppg and 9.5 rpg.
Six players will see action for the first time in a Lady Bulldogs uniform. They are guards Ty-Nita Baker (Jr./Houston, Miss.), Sheldeen Joseph (Jr./Belair St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Luna Jefferson (Fr./Manhatten, N.Y.), Lisa Jing (Fr./ Laurel, Md.) Shamar Prilliman (Fr./Baltimore, Md.) and forward Jourdan Stanhope (Jr./Columbus, Ohio).

Baker exploded for 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field in Bowie State’s exhibition at George Mason (11/2/14) to go along with eight rebounds. Naylor recorded a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds while Burley and Jackson tallied 14 and 11 points respectively. The Lady Bulldogs came up just short, falling to the Patriots by a score of 83-81.

Follow the Lady Bulldogs all weekend via live stats at http://www.sidearmstats.com/ship/wbball/.  Bowie State will take on host Shippensburg on Saturday at 6 pm to close out their participation in the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic.

Bowie State Men’s Basketball Open the Season versus Millersville on Friday


BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie State University men’s basketball season is about to get underway as the Bulldogs open the 2014-2015 season against Millersville (Pa.) University on Friday (November 14th) at 6 p.m. in the opening game of the Lincoln University (CIAA-PSAC) Challenge.
The Bulldogs finished with a 14-14 overall record, 8-8 in conference play last season and 7-3 in the CIAA Northern Division. Bowie State has captured the last three (2010-2011, 2011-2102 and 2012-2103) Northern Division crowns.

Millersville head coach Fred Thompson and the other PSAC coaches voted the Marauders to finish sixth in the PSAC East Preseason Poll.  Thompson enters his 17th season with Millersville and has made back-to-back PSAC Tournament playoff appearances has reached the quarterfinals in both seasons. The Marauders are coming off of a 13-14 overall record and 8-8 mark in the PSAC East during a 2013-14 season that was filled with injuries and roster instability.

Bowie State will be young this season and return only one starter from last season. Senior guard Zafir Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) averaged 7.2 ppg, dished out a team-high 119 assists during the 2013-2014 season and started in 25 games. Junior Andre Jackson (Baltimore, Md.) will be another quality returner for the Bulldogs. Jackson was one of the first players off the bench for sixth-year head coach Darrell Brooks, ranking fifth on the team in scoring (7.4 ppg) and was selected to the 2014-2015 Preseason All-CIAA Team.

Senior Cameron Knox (Baltimore, Md.) played in 26 of Bowie State’s 29 games during the 2013-2014 season, averaging 10.7 ppg. The Bulldogs will also return senior forward Joel Clemmons (Forest Heights, Md.), junior guard Justin Beck (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore forward Tai Marshall (Atlantic City, N.J.).

The CIAA Basketball Coaches Association picked Bowie State’s Bulldogs to finish first in the conference’s Northern Division.  In addition to Millersville, the Bulldogs will face a loaded East Stroudsburg team on Saturday (November 15th) at 4pm. The Warriors begin the year ranked 4th in the NABC D-II Preseason Coaches’ Poll after recording a 30-2 record last season.

CLICK HERE to follow the Bulldogs all weekend via live stats and/or CLICK HERE to watch the game live via video streaming.

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