by Jason Pompey
Senior, Marquilla Evans scored a game-high 15 points in 75-52 win over the Lady Bears of Kutztown University on Saturday, Nov. 12th in Shepherdstown, WV. Twelve Lady Trojans scored in the season opener.
Senior, Marquilla Evans led her team with 15 points from off the bench scoring 11 points in the first half. Evans was knocking down open jump-shots as she was 7 of 11 from the field. Senior, Mariame Sylla made a strong presence inside the paint, scoring 11 points. Sylla made 5 of 6 free-throws, grabbed 2 rebounds, and recorded 1 block.
Freshman, Dashae Jones led VSU in the second half with her smart play at the guard position. She scored 10 points, making 4 of 5 from the field including 2 of 2 from three-point land.
The Lady Rams of Shepherd University held the Lady Trojans to a low of 26% shooting from the field in a 74-47 win for the Lady Rams on Sunday, Nov. 13th. VSU’s, Mariame Sylla scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Sylla led her team knocking down 8 of 14 from the free-throw line as she scored a career-high 16 points. She had 4 offensive and 4 defensive rebounds as she also led her team on the boards. Freshman, Dashae Jones pitched in with 7 points and had 2 steals.
Shepherd held VSU to under 50 points. One lady Trojan scored in double figures. The Lady Rams defense held the Lady Trojans to a miserable 14 of 55 shooting for the game. The Lady Rams also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding VSU 54-32. Shepherd’s Katie Biggs scored 16 points to lead her team to victory.
Virginia State’s women’s basketball team will travel to Mount Olive, NC and face Mount Olive College on Nov. 16th at 6:00 pm.
Trojans Lose Another Heartbreaker, 73-71 to West Virginia State
VSU dropped their second close game in two nights, falling to West Virginia State 73-71 on Saturday, Nov. 12th in Shepherdstown, WV. Senior, Ibn Rassoull scored a game-high 28 points draining 6 three-pointers in the loss for the Trojans.
The Trojans trailed by as much as 15 points during the second half but battled back and cut the Yellow Jacket’s lead to a single point with 3 seconds left in the game. West Virginia State’s Howard Douglass, III made 1 of 2 free-throws with 3 seconds left, increasing the lead to 2, and the Trojans missed a last second three point attempt as time expired.
Senior, Ibn Rassoull was 6 of 12 from three-point land as he finished with 28 points. Rassoull made all four attempts from the free-throw line, made 4 assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds. Senior, Justin Bess added 15 points making 3 of 4 from three-point land and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line.
Junior, Mike Bynum had a career-high 9 assists, dishing off to his Trojan teammates. Sophomore, Kevin Wiggins grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds and made all four of his points from the free-throw.
West Virginia State’s Howard Douglas III led with 20 points and 4 rebounds in the win for the Yellow Jackets.
The Trojans rallied back to force overtime in their season opener but fell to the Rams of Shepherd University 73-71. Senior, Ibn Rassoull scored a game high 22 points.
Senior guard, Ibn Rassoull led the Trojans in their first game of the season with a game-high 22 points. Rassoull played 56 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Juniors, Kenny Mitchell and Daniel Awasanya both contributed to the Trojans’ scoring. Mitchell had 14 points and a team-high 7 rebounds and Awosanya had 12 points and 2 rebounds.
The Trojans (0-2) play in the Mount Olive Classic versus Barton College and Mount Olive College beginning on Nov. 18th in Mount Olive, NC.
Four Trojan Seniors Receive 2011 All-CIAA Football Honors
Four senior Trojan football players were selected to the 2011 All-CIAA Football Teams announced on Nov. 9th by the CIAA, in conjunction with the CIAA Football Coaches Association.
Senior William Rudd, (Richmond, VA) received two All-CIAA honors for the 2011 season. Rudd was selected as a 1st Team All-CIAA place kicker and as a 2nd Team All-CIAA punter. Rudd ranked first in the CIAA, making 24 of 24 extra-point attempts for the Trojans during the 2011 season.
Senior Jeremy Pruitt, (Far Rockaway, NY) was selected as a linebacker to the 2011 All-CIAA 1st Team. Pruitt led the CIAA in tackles per game recording 11.5. He was the leader of the Trojans’ defense making 42 solo tackles and 50 assisted tackles in 8 games played.
Two senior offensive linemen were selected to the 2011 All-CIAA 2nd Team, Francisco Clifford (Suffolk, VA) and Michael Griffin (Florence, SC). VSU rushed for 1,602 total yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns.
Trojan Tennis Ranks 7th in ITA Poll
Head coach, Gene Thompson and his men’s tennis team at Virginia State University are currently ranked 7th in the Atlantic team rankings released on Nov. 9th. Senior, Emmanuel Haug is ranked 18th in the Atlantic region and is also ranked 10th in doubles play with senior teammate, Avery Saunders.
Genchi Leads Trojans to Second Place Finish at Chowan Fall Classic
Virginia State’s golf team placed second with a team score of 304 at the Chowan Fall Classic on Saturday, Nov. 12th. Junior, Stephen Genchi placed second overall, individually, shooting a one-day score of 71.
Chowan’s Cliff Forbes won the individual scoring with a total score of 69. Genchi led VSU with a score of 71 as he placed second. Junior, Rashad Hunt followed Genchi with a score of 72 as he placed fourth individually.
On the women’s side, freshman, Danielle Calhoun shot a one-day score of 96 to lead for the Lady Trojans. Sophomore, Cinamon Davis had a score of 106 and freshman, Alison Harris had a score of 140.
The Trojan golf team will resume play on February 27th at the Bid-A-Wee Classic in Murfreesboro, NC.
Jason Pompey is Sports Information Officer for Virginia State University Athletics. Email: JPompey@VSU.edu