By Doug Gorman
After winning eight games in a row and leaping into the NCAA Division II poll in the No. 9 spot, the Clayton State Lady Lakers (8-0) will find out plenty about themselves Saturday when they plunge into their Peach Belt Conference opener on the road against UNC -Pembroke.
Teshymia Tillman is among three players off the Lakers who are averaging in double figures. She leads the way with a 14.4 points per game average.
Tanisha Woodward is averaging 13.4 points per game and former Joneboro High School standout Dremeka Griggs is averaging 10.8 points per game.
Clayton State is beating teams by an aveage of 24 points through the first month of the season.
Pembroke comes into the game with a 3-1 record, but it already has gotten its feet wet in the Peach Belt Conference.
The Lady Braves lost to Lander last week in the league opener.
Clayton State men resume action too: The men's squad has played two games already this week, losing at Valdosta State on Saturday and then beating Carver on Tuesday,
It won't slow down too much as the Lakers also open up PBC play this week as part of the doubleheader at Pembroke,
The Lakers (5-2) are led in the scoring department by Brandon Robinson's 22.4 points per game aveage. Timmy Downs is chipping in 17.6 points per game.
There is also a local connection on the basketball court at Clayton State.
Two players from North Clayton are contributing to the Lakers' success so far with junior Torrin Green averaging 9.3 points per game.
Freshmen Zach Bradley, who is in his first year with the Lakers, is chipping in four points per game after a stellar prep career at North Clayton High School.
The UNC Pembroke men come into Saturday's game after a flying start.
The Braves are 6-1 so far this year including a victory against Lander in their conference opener.
It's only loss was a close 64-62 sert back against Belmont Abby.
Since then, the Braves have rolled off five wins in a row.
Their last victory came against Wingate earlier this week.
Other Laker sports: Laker long distance runner Fidelis Mutiso has a chance to end his college cross country career on a high note after finishing eighth at the NCAA cross country Regionals last week.
Now, he heads to Louisville for the Division II national championships . Murtiso