Limestone guard Tia Williams, who played at Mill Creek High in Gwinnett County, is one of the team’s leading scorers this season.
Barton Bulldogs vs. Limestone Saints
Time: 3 p.m.
Record, seeding: Barton is 21-7 and the No. 7 seed; Limestone is 25-3 and the No. 2 seed.
Probable starters: Limestone — G Stephanie Hayes (5-6, Sr.), G Tia Williams (5-7, Sr.), G Maria Young (5-8, Sr.), G Morgan Brown (5-5, So.), F/C Danielle Dixon (5-11, Sr.). Barton — G Nyeshea Willie (5-8, Jr.), G Ashley Thornton (5-4, Jr.), G Elaine Morgan (5-7, Sr.), F Shante Neal (5-10, Sr.), C Janae Jackson (5-10, Sr.).
Stat leaders: Limestone — Hayes 14.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.5 apg; Williams 14.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg; Young 14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg. Barton — Willie 18.6 ppg, 4 rpg; Neal 12.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Jackson 8.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg.
Georgia connection: Limestone — Maurissa Lester (Marietta, Hillgrove HS), Tia Williams (Dacula, Mill Creek HS), Alicia Brookins (Auburn, Mill Creek HS), Nia Hardy (Snellville, Central Gwinnett HS). Barton — none.
Scouting report: These two teams are quite familiar with each other as they compete together in the Conference Carolinas. For the first time in program history, Limestone swept the season series and owe a three-game winning streak against Barton. Prior to losing to eventual conference Mount Olive in the first round of the tournament, the Saints had sone 19 straight games. Willie was the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and recently named to the All-Southeast Region team. The Bulldogs have won 8 of their last 11 games dating back to the start of February. Prior to this season, Morgan played two seasons at Div. I East Carolina. Twice this season, Morgan was a point shy from a triple-double.
What’s next: The winner takes on the Anderson vs. Pfeiffer winner on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Anderson Trojans vs. Pfeiffer Falcons
Time: 1 p.m.
Record, seeding: Anderson is 23-8 and the No. 3 seed; Pfeiffer is 24-6 and the No. 6 seed.
Probable starters: Anderson — G Alissa Diaz (5-10, Sr.), F Breonda Shannon (5-10, Sr.), G Amanda Parris (5-7, Sr.), G Sierra Simpson (5-6, So.), F Tilde Ahlin (6-3, Sr.). Pfeiffer — G Carter Williams (5-5, So.), G Brittany Cox (5-9, Sr.), G Kellie Rhoney (5-6, Sr.), G Jodie Lemons (5-7, So.), F Christina Harvey (5-10, Sr.).
Stat leaders: Anderson — Diaz 16.9 ppg; Shannon 17.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg. Pfeiffer — Cox 18.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Harvey 16.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg; Lemons 14 ppg, 7.2 rpg.
Georgia connection: Anderson — Amanda Parris (Summerhill, Armuchee HS), Kimberly Major (Toccoa, Stephens Co. HS). Pfeiffer — none.
Scouting report: This will be Anderson’s eighth overall appearance in the NCAA tournament, Pfeiffer received an at-large bid into the tournament after losing to Mount Olive in its tournament championship game. Prior to that tournament loss, Pfeiffer had won 15 straight games. Pfeiffer won an earlier contest 85-77 in double overtime in the season opener for both. Anderson won both the regular-season and South Atlantic Conference titles. Coming into today’s contest, Anderson has won eight of its last nine games, while Alissa Diaz was named the regular season and tournament MVP. Anderson is 4-1 in games played on a neutral site while this is Pfieffer’s game.
What’s next: The winner advances to play the winner of the Limestone vs. Barton game on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Mount Olive Trojans vs. Clayton State Lakers
Time: 6 p.m.
Record, seeding: Mount Olive is 18-11 and the No. 8 seed; Clayton State is 29-0 and No. 1 seed.
Probable Starters: Mount Olive — G/F Kirksten Mitchell (5-9, Jr.), G Joneiqua Gary (5-7, Jr.), G/F Jasmine McDonald (6-0, Sr.), F Tamara Nesmith (6-0, Sr.), F/C Alyssa Luebs (6-0, Sr.). Clayton State — G Bena Hanyard (5-7, Jr.), G Keona Dixon (5-7, Sr.), Kayla Pryce (5-6, Fr.), F Shay Jackson (6-1, Jr.), F Kayla Mobley (5-11, Sr.).
Stat leaders: Mount Olive — Nesmith 16.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg; Gary 12.1 ppg. Clayton State — Drameka Griggs 19.9 ppg; Mobley 10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg; Jackson 6.7 rpg.
Georgia connection: Mount Olive — none. Clayton State — Arkia Armstrong (McDonough, Eagle’s Landing HS), Jessica Covington (Tifton, Tift County HS), Shay Jackson (Marietta, Osborne HS), Bena Hanyard (Marietta, Osborne HS), Drameka Griggs (Ellenwood, Jonesboro HS).
Scouting report: Mount Olive entered last week’s Conference Carolinas tournament on a four-game losing streak. In the semifinals, the Trojans upset nationally-ranked Limestone to advance to the championship game. On the season, Mount Olive went 9-7 in road games, including winning its last three to capture the conference championship. This is Mount Olive’s second NCAA Div. II tournament appearance in school history. The Trojans are hoping for a little deja vu against Clayton State. In its only other tournament appearance in 2008 in the East Regional, Mount Olive defeated top-seed Indiana (Pa.) on its home court. In addition to being named conference and tournament MVP, Drameka Griggs was named the Southeast Region Player of the Year, which makes her eligible for All-American consideration.
What’s next: Winner takes on the Lenoir Rhyne vs. USC Aiken winner on Saturday at 7 p.m.
USC Aiken Pacers vs. Lenoir-Rhyne Bears
Time: 8 p.m.
Record, seeding: USC Aiken is 21-7 and the No. 5 seed; Lenoir-Rhyne is 19-9 and the No. 4 seed.
Probable starters: USC Aiken — G Daniela Tarailo (5-10, Sr.), G Brittany Hill (5-8, Jr.), G Mia Antoine (5-8, Sr.), F Porsha Martin (5-10, Jr.), C Taffani Moody (6-5, Sr.). Lenoir-Rhyne — G Jazmine Charles (5-9, So.), G Jordan Hiatt (5-9, Fr.), F Nneka Awuruonye (6-0, Jr.), G Alexis Katt (6-0, Jr.), G Alexis Katt (6-0, Jr.).
Stat leaders: USC Aiken — Tarailo 14.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg; Martin 9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg; Hill 8.5 ppg. Lenoir-Rhyne — Charles 11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Hiatt 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg; Awuruonye 7.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg.
Georgia connection: USC Aiken —Mia Antoine (Stone Mountain, Dominion Christian HS), Porsha Martin (Douglasville, South Paulding HS). Lenoir-Rhyne — Alexis Katt (Euharlee, Woodland (Cartersville) HS).
Scouting report: The Pacers are ranked No. 25 in the country entering the contest. Tarilo was recently named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region second team. She was first in the Peach Belt and fourth nationally in 3-pointers made per game while scoring in double figures 24 times this season. Six of the last seven seasons, the Pacers have won at least 20 games. USC Aiken is 7-1 all-time versus Lenior-Rhyne. This is the seventh straight winning season for the Bears, who have made four NCAA Div. II appearances. It is the Bears first NCAA berth in the last three seasons. The Bears led their conference in scoring defense by yielding 55.9 points per game. Lenoir-Rhyne has won five of its last seven games.
What’s next: Winner takes on the takes on the Clayton State vs. Mount Olive winner on Saturday at 7 p.m.