Women's Basketball All-Time All-CVAC Teams Announced


Thursday, March 1, 2007                                                                                                   

For Release after CVAC Honors Banquet       

Women's Basketball

All-Time CVAC Women's Basketball Team Announced

            Misenheimer, NC --- Beginning in 2007-08, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference will become Conference Carolinas, and to help commemorate the new era for the conference, All-Time Teams will be selected for each of the conference's 14 championship sports.  In conjunction with the 2007 CVAC Basketball Championships, a 10-member Women's Basketball All-Time CVAC Team has been announced. 

"Conference Members are excited to honor the best athletes of an era when competition was intense," stated Commissioner Alan Patterson.   "Certainly the level of competition will only increase in the Conference Carolinas.  The single change is that the name better reflects the location of members based in a geographical area that is highly regarded throughout the country."
                The Women's Basketball All-Time All-CVAC team was comprised from nominees of current member schools Anderson University, Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews Presbyterian College and former members High Point University and Longwood University. 

Barton College led the way with three honorees as Shemkia Reid, Keauna Vinson, Tanisha Adams, and Kelly Lamotta were all selected.  Reid is the most decorated player in Barton College women's basketball history as the 3-time CVAC Player of Year, 3-time 1st-team All-CVAC, 3-time All-Region member and Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American her sophomore year.  She averaged 16.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.27 blocks to total 1,747 points (2nd all-time at Barton), 1039 rebounds, 170 steals and blocking 137 shots with 50 career double-doubles.

Keauna Vinson was the 2003-04 CVAC Player of the Year and 3-time All-CVAC 1st teamer.  The 2005-06 CVAC Female Athlete of Year only played at Barton for three seasons but finished 7th all-time in scoring (1,360), 3rd in rebounds (1051), and 3rd in steals (261) while also totaling 87 blocks and 121 assists.  For her career Vinson averaged a double-double in 71 percent of her games finishing with 59 double-doubles in 83 games.

Tanisha Adams and Kelly Lamotta also represent Barton College on the team.  Adams is a 3-time All-CVAC member with two of those on the All-CVAC first team.  While only three of her four years represent the CVAC era during her four year tenure she did finish with 1,689 points (3rd all-time at Barton), 913 rebounds, 293 steals, and 143 assists.  Lamotta is also a 3-time All-CVAC member and 3-time All-CVAC Tournament member.  Her career numbers total 1,556 points, 837 rebounds, 127 steals, 119 assists and 45 blocks.  She also tallied 30 career double-doubles.

Belmont Abbey College had three players represented in Nicole Woods, Tonika Wallace, and Tamara Chisolm.  Woods was a second-team Daktronics All-American and CVAC Player of the Year as a senior.  The 2-time first-team All-CVAC selection led the nation in scoring for much of her senior year before finishing second in scoring for NCAA Division II, while leading the conference with 24.1 points per game and amassing 1,616 career points. As a junior she finished third nationally in assists per game, 17th in free throw percentage and 29th in points per game.

Also representing Belmont Abbey are Tonika Wallace and Tamara Chisolm.  Wallace was a 3-time All-CVAC selection scoring 1,763 career points leading the Abbey to a 94-23 record and a 61-13 CVAC record during her career at the school.  As a senior in 1999, Wallace was named CVAC Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 points and leading the league with 108 assists. 
                Chisolm was also the CVAC Player of the Year for her senior year.  While she only qualified for the final three out of her four years in the beginning of the CVAC era, she scored 1,315 career points leading the Abbey to a 66-20 overall record and 44-12 CVAC record.

The remaining three members of the team came from three different institutions.  Diedra Langston is currently in her senior season at Anderson University and has been a key component in Anderson's run of three straight CVAC Tournament championships, two straight regular-season titles and three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Throughout her career, she has been a strong player around the basket and an excellent free throw shooter (.763 for her career, better than .800 her last two seasons). The 3-time All-CVAC member has made 115 career starts for Anderson during a period when the Lady Trojans have compiled a record of 105-19.

Karen Curtis of High Point University and Nikki (Hall) Atkinson of Longwood University complete the All-Time Team.  Curtis was the two-time CVAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1996 & 1997.  She still holds the High Point records in points (2,612) and assists (602) and is fourth in rebounds (904).

Nikki (Hall) Atkinson was the 1997 CVAC Player of the Year.  She was also the 1997 CVAC Murphy Osborne Award Winner.  This is the most prestigious award the conference presents each year to the student athlete who is truly the best of the best in their academic achievements.  Atkinson also was honored to the 1996 & 1997 CVAC All-Tournament & All-Academic Teams.  She was also on a member of the 1997 Academic All-America 2nd-Team while totaling 1,499 points, 571 rebounds, 506 assists, and 289 steals in her basketball career.


                 Student-athletes were nominated by and voted on by CVAC institutions.  Only those student athletes who competed or have competed in the CVAC for a minimum of two seasons are eligible for inclusion.  Active student-athletes who meet the criteria were also eligible.          



Women's Basketball All-Time CVAC Team

Deidre Langston -Anderson, 2003-04 to 2006-07
Shemkia Reid -Barton, 1998-99 to 2001-02

Keauna Vinson -Barton, 2003-04 to 2005-06
Tanisha Adams -Barton, 1994-95 to 1997-98
Kelly Lamotta -Barton, 2001-02 to 2004-05
Nicole Woods -Belmont Abbey, 2002-03 to 2005-06
Tonika Wallace -Belmont Abbey, 1995-96 to 1998-99
Tamara Chisolm -Belmont Abbey, 1995-96 to 1997-98

Karen Curtis -High Point, 1995-96 to 1996-97
Nikki (Hall) Atkinson -Longwood, 1995-96 to 1996-97