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Teshymia Tillman, who helped lead Clayton State to last season’s Div. II national championship, has signed a professional contract to play in Spain.

Special Photo Teshymia Tillman, who helped lead Clayton State to last season’s Div. II national championship, has signed a professional contract to play in Spain.

She had arguably the best two-year career for a Clayton State women’s basketball player, and helped lead the Lakers to the ultimate prize. Now, Teshymia Tillman is set for another adventure in her basketball career.

Tillman recently signed a two-year contract with the Ros Casares professional club in Valencia, Spain, and she leaves today to embark on her professional playing career.

Ros Casares is in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, which is the top women’s professional league in Spain. There are 14 teams in this league, and Ros Casares has won seven league titles, including four of the last five.

Tillman is the third Clayton State player under coach Dennis Cox to sign a professional contract to play overseas. Jamika Hindsman played in Romania in the 2006-07 season, while Shantel Ragin played last season in the Ukraine.

“We are so excited for Teshymia,” said Cox. “She has worked hard for this opportunity, and we are all proud that one of our own will have the opportunity to play in such a prestigious league in Europe. I know this will be the beginning of a life-long dream for her, and I am confident that she will go over there and represent us well.”

Tillman, a 5-foot-9 wing from High Point, N.C., enjoyed a stellar career at Clayton State, leading the Lakers to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship with a whopping 35-1 record.

She was a two-time first team All-Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selection. In addition, Tillman became just the second Laker in Clayton State women’s basketball history to garner Division II All-American honors as she was a WBCA Division II honorable mention selection this past season.

Tillman was the Lakers’ leading scorer this past season, averaging 15 points and five rebounds a game, while shooting 52 percent from the field. She finished the season ranked fifth in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage. Tillman reached double-figures in all but six games, scoring 20 or more points in eight games.

Her best performance was a season-high 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field against Francis Marion. Tillman also scored 26 points in the NCAA Division II National Championship game against Michigan Tech, and 24 points in the Lakers’ thrilling two-point victory over then-No. 1-ranked Lander.

For her career, Tillman finished with 1,062 points in just two seasons, ranking her fourth all-time at Clayton State. She also holds the Clayton State career record for scoring average (16.1 ppg), the Laker single-season marks for points (547 – 2011), field goals (226 – 2011) and field goal attempts (437 – 2011) and the Clayton State single-game record game record for field goals with 14.