Fayetteville State's Turner, Bowie State's Scott Win Top CIAA Bowling Awards

Fayetteville State's Turner, Bowie State's Scott Win Top CIAA Bowling Awards

March 19, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. - Senior Akira Turner of Fayetteville State University was named CIAA Bowler of the Year, and Ken Scott of Bowie State University was selected CIAA Coach of the Year Saturday during the league's bowling awards program at AMF Durham Lanes. The ceremony was held prior to the start of the 2011 CIAA Women's Bowling Championships.

A Detroit, Mich., native, Turner averaged a score of 200.28 and knocked down 8,412 pins in 42 regular- season games to earn the top individual honor. She is the only CIAA bowler to average a 200 score or higher this season.

Turner heads the All-CIAA team which was also announced Saturday. The 10-member squad includes Verra Diggs of Bowie State, Jamie Donnelly of Fayetteville State, Sasha Thornhill of Johnson C. Smith, Miranda Day of Winston-Salem State, Tycora Brown of Bowie State, De'Andrea Bethea of Fayetteville State, Shanice Watkins of Elizabeth City State, Tiffany Ball of Saint Paul's and Kelly Wakerhauster of Fayetteville State.

Scott directed Bowie State to the CIAA Northern Division crown and a No. 20 national ranking in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll to win league coach of the year. The Lady Bulldogs, who are the defending CIAA champions, enter this weekend's tournament with a 62-2 overall record including a 48-1 conference mark.

One of Scott's bowlers – Verra Diggs – also received an award for bowling a perfect 300 score in one game on Feb. 4. Diggs leads the Lady Bulldogs with a 187.36 average, which is second highest in the CIAA. Her total pin count is 8,806 in 47 regular-season games.

Scott and his Lady Bulldogs accepted the plaque for winning the Northern Division title. Coach Robert Henderson and his Fayetteville State team were honored as well for claiming the Southern Division crown. The Lady Broncos are 56-7 overall and 44-1 in the CIAA.

Chowan was honored for winning the league's highest grade point average award for women's bowling.

The Hawks posted a 3.36 grade point average.