By Doug Gorman
Students at Clayton State University might still be on their holiday break, but starting Monday, vacation ends for the Lady Lakers basketball team as it gets ready to play host in the annul Heritage Bank Classic on Monday and Tuesday evenings in Morrow.
Clayton State's first game comes against Stillman College from Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Lady Lakers follow that up on Tuesday against Talladega College.
Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.
Clayton State comes into the games on a roll, winning its last five games and improving its record to 5-1.
The Lakers started the season with a loss to Barry College in Florida, before going on their five-game winning streak.
Clayton State opened Peach Belt Conference play right before going on its Christmas break with a 76-68 victory against UNC-Pembroke.
"I so wanted to go into the break feeling good about us," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "Opening conference on a winning note is huge."
In its conference opener, Clayton State got strong offense production from Dominique Jennings who connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field en route to a 17 point effort.
Lesheria Stevens scored 14 points, Marie St. Fort scored 13 points and Nikkisha Pritchett added 10 points off the bench.
Clayton State's victory over the Lady Braves is just another sign of how the Lady Lakers have spread the wealth this year.
Jennings is one of three CSU players averaging in double figures. In six games so far this year, she is avering 11.2 points per game.
Prittchett is averaging 10.5 points per game and Lisa Jackson is scoring 10.3 points per game.
After Tuesday's game against Talladega, CSU is off until Saturday when it plays at home against Augusta State in a conference game.
Augusta State also plays Tuesday night against Tampa in a non-league game.
They go into that game with a 3-4 record.