We’re Number One! Clayton State Wins National Championship, 69-50 Over Michigan Tech

The Clayton State University women’s basketball team is bringing home the national championship.

In the finals of the NCAA Division II tournament in St. Joseph’s, Mo., the (currently) second-ranked Lakers (35-1) completed an unprecedented and historic season, defeating third-ranked Michigan Tech 69-50, to claim Clayton State’s first national title in any sport, and the first national basketball championship ever for a Georgia women’s team. Indeed, the only basketball team, college or professional, from Georgia to previously win a national crown was Kennesaw State’s men’s team, earlier this decade.

The game, played before a crowd that included Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes and Clayton State’s first and only athletic director, Mason Barfield, followed a suprisingly familiar script… a suffocating Clayton State press that wore down its opponent in the second half, and a big game from Teshymia Tillman. The Lakers’ biggest star on a team of stars, Tillman concluded her Clayton State career with a dominating 26 point, seven rebound game as Clayton State broke away from a seven point halftime lead to cruise to its sixth straight double digit victory in the 2011 NCAA playoffs. They key to the game? Very possibly the Clayton State press that forced more than 1000 turnovers in 36 games, including 25 tonight from a team justly renown for taking care of the ball.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Michigan Tech will play for the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship on Friday! The No. 3 Huskies defeated a very tough Northwest Missouri State team 89-78 in the national semifinals tonight. Sam Hoyt scored a team-high 23 points. Lisa Staehlin (20) and Lucy Dernovsek (17) also had big nights in the points column. Michigan Tech will make its first-ever

Lucy Dernovsek - Michigan Tech center

Drameka Grigg - Clayton State guard

The Clayton State Laker women’s basketball team is heading to the NCAA Division II National Championship game!

Spurred by a second-half defensive surge, Clayton State pulled away with a hard-fought 63-46 triumph over Shaw on Wednesday in the NCAA Division II “Final Four” at the St. Joseph Civic Arena. The victory improves the No. 2-ranked Lakers to 34-1 overall, and Clayton State advances to Friday’s NCAA Division II National Championship game against the winner of the Michigan Tech/Northwest Missouri State winner.

Michigan Tech vs. Northwest Missouri State University recap

Clayton State vs. Shaw University recap

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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