March 19, 2012

Clayton State’s Woodard selected WBCA Division II All-American

ATLANTA – March 19, 2012 – In culminating a remarkable career at Clayton State, Tanisha Woodard received the ultimate honor for a women's basketball player on Tuesday – WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) Division II All-American.

Woodard was one of 10 players throughout the nation selected first team Division II All-American, becoming the first Clayton State player ever to earn first team honors. In addition, Woodard becomes the third Laker to receive Division II All-American recognition. Last season, Teshymia Tillman was an honorable mention All-American selection by the WBCA, as was Catreia Shaw in 2003.

"I am so thrilled that Tanisha is being recognized for the amazing season and unbelievable career that she has had for us at Clayton State," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "She is the most complete player that I have ever coached, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. She did it all for us over her four year career, and she is truly, truly deserving of this award."

Woodard will go down as one of the best complete and all-around players in the history of Clayton State women's basketball. In her four seasons, she helped pace the Lakers to a 104-19 mark with two Peach Belt Conference regular season championships, one Peach Belt Tournament championship, four NCAA Division II National Tournament berths, two appearances in the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" and the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship.

A 5-foot-10 senior wing from Rome, Ga., Woodard was selected both first team All-Peach Belt Conference and Peach Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season, in addition to Division II All-Southeast Region honors as well. She leads the PBC in both steals and assists, and is ranked fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio and fifth in blocked shots.

For the season, Woodard averaged 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a game, while recording 175 assists and 111 steals.

In addition, she set the Peach Belt Conference career record for steals with 425 and recorded only the third triple-double in the history of Peach Belt Conference women's basketball. Woodard also became the seventh player in the history of Laker women's basketball to eclipse 1,000 career points.

Woodard finishes up her decorated Laker career at or near the top of numerous single-game, single-season and career categories at Clayton State. She holds the single-game, single-season and career marks for assists, single-season and career records for steals and the single-season and career mark for field goal attempts.

In addition, Woodard also set the career records for blocked shots and games played and finished second all-time at Clayton State in scoring with 1,384 career points.

Questions and comments should be directed to gidrowell@clayton.edu

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