Petersburg’s Marcus Hoosier was named the CIAA Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week for his role in his Virginia Union Panthers’ three straight narrow victories spanning Jan. 2- Jan. 7. The six-foot-four sophomore guard netted double-digits against Shaw (15) and Fayetteville State (11) and contributed six points and nine assists to the Panthers’ 83-82 triumph over Winston-Salem State on Jan. 2. Virginia Union narrowly beat Shaw 74-72 and also Fayetteville State 74-73. VUU capped off their four-game win streak on Monday with an 83-75 result against St. Augustine’s. Hoosier in that game scored six points.
Also earning weekly honors for CIAA Men’s Basketball were Quincy January of Saint Augustine’s (Player of the Week), Cameron Campbell on Lincoln (PA) (Rookie of the Week) and Virginia Union’s Jay Butler (Coach of the Week).
January averaged 21 points on 71.4 percent shooting in addition to 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in leading the Falcons to a 2-0 record this past week. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks – his seventh double-double of the season – in a 77-71 overtime win over Bowie State to hand the Bulldogs their first CIAA loss. The six-foot-seven junior forward from Atlanta finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 75-61 non-conference victory over neighboring William Peace.
Campbell was a key factor in the Lions 75-72 overtime win over Fayetteville State on Thursday. The six-foot-three freshman guard from Fayetteville, North Carolina scored 15 points including 7 in the overtime period (2-2 FG, 3-4 FT). His first two free throws in overtime gave the Lions a nine point lead with just over two minutes left in the game.
Head Coach Butler coached Virginia Union to three dramatic last-second wins this week. The Panthers won three games by a total of four points.
In CIAA weekly honors for Women’s Basketball, Virginia Union’s Lady Walker earned Player of the Week, Livingstone’s Deonna Young was named Newcomer of the Week, Bowie State’s Kyaja Williams was named Rookie of the Week and Virginia Union’s AnnMarie Gilbert was named Coach of the Week.
Walker flexed her dominance in her Panthers’ three straight wins on the week, piling on 46 points, 45 rebounds, eight blocks and seven steals. Against Winston-Salem State in the Panthers’ 68-48 win on Jan. 2, Walker earned a double-double of 11 rebounds and 12 points with the addition of four blocks and five steals.
Against Shaw on Jan. 5, the six-foot-two senior forward from Cleveland unleashed a 27-point performance with another double-double thanks to 14 rebounds, and added three blocks. Virginia Union thumped Shaw 91-64.
Against Fayetteville State on Jan. 7, Walker defensively stifled the opponents with 20 rebounds, two steals and a block and added seven points. Virginia Union defeated Fayetteville State 73-50.
Through the three games, Walker had 24 defensive rebounds to 21 offensive rebounds.
Young delivered 50 points to Livingstone in their two victories on the week. She scored 20 points in Livingstone’s 76-61 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne and 30 in her team’s 88-49 blowout win over Elizabeth City State. Livingstone also stunned Virginia State 78-63 on Sunday behind 21 points from Young.
Williams came off the Bulldogs’ bench to record a game-high 12 points (on 5-of-10 shooting from the field) and eight rebounds to go along with a game-high four steals in to lead Bowie State to a 59-37 win at Saint Augustine’s last Thursday night.
Head Coach Gilbert guided the Lady Panthers to three wins this week. VUU is currently ranked third in the nation and #1 in the Atlantic Region. The Lady Panthers are undefeated at 13-0 as of Wednesday, Jan. 11.