Virginia State University’s Lamesha Deal, whose 9.1 rebounding average leads the conference is the 2012-13 CIAA Defensive Player of the Year in balloting by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.
Lamesha Deal averaged 13.8 points per game with a league leading 9.1 rebounds per game. While ranking first in rebounding, she collected 126 defensive rebounds and 84 offensive rebounds ranking second in both categories in the conference. She ranks fifth with 25 blocks and seventh in points per game. In nine games thus far, Deal recorded double-figures in the points and rebounds category.
After posting a career-best 23 points with 14 rebounds against Mercy College on the road, Lamesha was named CIAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on December 17th. She nailed 9 of 11 attempts from the free-throw line and made 7 of 15 shots from the field in a 23 point outing; her best ever at Virginia State.
Lamesha Deal is an Animal Science/Agriculture major and is from Norfolk, VA. She was also named to the 2012-13 All-CIAA Women’s Basketball Team for a second time as a Trojan.
2013 All-CIAA Women’s Basketball Team
Name SCHOOL POS HT CL Hometown
Stephanie Harper ECSU Forward 5’11 Sr. Charleston, IL
Bria Robinson BSU Forward 5’9 So. Richmond, VA
Lamesha Deal VSU Forward 5’10 Jr. Norfolk, VA
Shuanda Ashford FSU Forward 6’1 Sr. Fayetteville, NC
Tierra Coleman FSU Forward 6’1 Sr. Cameron, NC
Tahlar McIntosh LUP Forward 5’8 Sr. Pittsburgh, PA
Jasmine Murray LC Center 5’10 Sr. Washington, DC
Shatara Jackson ECSU Guard 5’9 Sr. Wilmington, NC
Brittany Dorsett JCSU Guard 5’8 Sr. Winston-Salem, NC
Talaya Lynch CU Wing 5’9 Sr. Hampton, VA
Kristen Hanzer FSU Guard 5’10 Sr. Youngsville, NC
Ashle Freeman VUU Guard 5’6 So. Richmond, VA
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Hanzer, Fayetteville State University
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lamesha Deal, Virginia State University