AUGUSTA, Ga. – January 23, 2012 – For the first time this season, a Clayton State Laker women's basketball player has received a weekly honor by the Peach Belt Conference.
The Lakers' Tanisha Woodard was selected as the Peach Belt Conference "Player of the Week" on Monday. The senior forward from Rome, Ga., and reining Peach Belt Defensive Player of the Year averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in the No. 2-ranked Lakers' two victories last week at Flagler and Armstrong.
The 5-foot-10 Woodard started the week with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and three steals in Clayton State's 80-44 rout at Flagler on Thursday. She followed that up with 16 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four assists in the Lakers' 93-48 rout at Armstrong on Saturday.
For the season, Woodard is averaging 11 points and five rebounds a game along with 78 assists, 69 steals and 34 blocked shots. She is currently leading the Peach Belt in steals and is third in assists and fourth in blocked shots. In addition, Woodard is ranked 10th in the nation in steals.
This season, she became the seventh player in Clayton State women's basketball history to eclipse 1,000 career points, and she also set the Clayton State career mark for blocked shots. In addition, Woodard needs only 25 more steals to become the all-time leader in steals in the Peach Belt.
Clayton State (18-1, 8-0 Peach Belt) puts its 15-game winning streak and Peach Belt record 28-game home winning streak on the line this week with two crucial home contests. The Lakers play host to rival Lander on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., followed by 11th-ranked USC Aiken at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.