by Falcons Sports Informations Department
Raleigh, N.C. (Nov. 10) – Saint Augustine's University will host Bluefield State College at Emery Gymnasium in its women's basketball season opener on Saturday, Nov. 11. Tip-off is 2 p.m. and admission is free.
The Lady Falcons return eight players, including Preseason All-CIAA forward Kaaliya Williams (So./Chesterfield, VA). Last season, Williams was named D2 HERO Sports National Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-CIAA Rookie Team. She led all CIAA freshmen in points per game (12.1) and shot 88.3 percent from the free throw line which led the CIAA and ranked 10th nationally among Division II players.
Williams leads a young but emerging group of players including guards Kelsee Arnold (Jr./Atlanta, GA), Quiera Gilmore (So./Charlotte, NC), Kiana Clark (So./Queens, NY) and Kamya Renwicks (So./Woodlawn, MD). They were the top five scorers on the team last season.
Guard Ke-Ashe Lee (Sr./Roanoke, VA) brings veteran leadership to the Lady Falcons. The team's only four-year player, Lee is part of a three-player senior class which includes forwards Paulette Addison (Sr./Wilmington, NC) and Tomisha Davis (Sr./New Bern, NC). Addison blocked a team-high 20 shots as a junior.
The Lady Falcons added four newcomers to the roster. The foursome of Sha'nia Leach (Fr./Red Springs, NC), Bianca Igwe (Jr./Tampa, FL), Angela Caraballo (So./Richmond, VA) and Nikiya Mumphrey (Jr./Garner, NC) are expected to make an impact. Leach and Caraballo are guards while Igwe and Mumphrey are forwards.
Lyndsay Hatfield and Rosalie Pozo are the top returning scorers for Bluefield State, which posted a 1-25 record last season.