Clayton State women's basketball to be honored by Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Just when all the accolades from the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship were complete for the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team, there is one more remaining to finish them.

The Lakers will be honored on Saturday in the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame's annual Awards and Induction Ceremony, to be held at the Cultural Arts Center in Roswell. Clayton State will receive one of two

"Stars of the Year" Awards for its national championship, along with the girl's tennis team from Walton High School in Marietta.

Clayton State finished the 2010-11 season a whopping 35-1 overall and won the Peach Belt Conference with an unblemished 17-0 mark. The Lakers advanced to the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" for the third time in five seasons, and the 69-50 victory over Michigan Tech in the championship game gave Clayton State not only its first national championship in women's basketball, but the first in the history of athletics at Clayton State.

In addition, the Lakers became the first women's program in the state of Georgia to win a national championship during the NCAA/NAIA era. Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox was honored as the Division II National Coach of the Year by both the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches' Association) and Division II Bulletin.

The inductees in the 2011 Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame class is former Georgia Tech All-American and Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Mark Price, Peachtree Road Race founder Dr. Tim Singleton and former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro linebacker Jesse Tuggle. The Awards and Induction Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., followed by a reception with a raffle and silent auction.

All of the new inductees, as well as several past Hall of Famers will be at the event.