Pictured L to R: All-CIAA selection Yakima Clifton, head coach Serena King-Coleman, and CIAA All-Rookie selection Shantel Bennett
Feb. 20, 2017

Charlotte, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has announced Fayetteville State University women’s basketball sophomore forward Yakima Clifton (Durham, NC) and freshman guard Shantel Bennett (Clayton, NC) as members of the 2017 All-CIAA and CIAA All-Rookie Teams, respectively. Selections were elected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Sports Information Directors Association.

Clifton played in 23 and started 11 games during the regular season. She finished with a team-high 10 points per game, along 7.6 rebounds and a team best 30 blocks. Clifton averaged 26.5 minutes per contest and two assists. She shot 39% (89-224) from the field and 67% (50-74) from the foul line. Clifton recorded a season best 17 points and 13 rebounds, while producing three double-doubles on the year.

Bennett played in 24 games and started in 15 during her debut season with the Lady Broncos. She had averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Bennett scored double figures in eight games this season, including a high of 19 points against Shaw (Feb. 15th). She shot 32% (55-170) from the floor and 78% (64-82) from the free throw line.

In addition to Clifton, Virginia Union led the way with four honorees in Lady Walker, Alexis Johnson, Brittany Jackson, and Jayda Luckie. Taylor Daniels and Nandi Taylor of Virginia State, Jordan Payne of Chowan, Blaire Thomas of Johnson C. Smith, Kandace Tate of Winston-Salem State, Kyah Proctor of Bowie State, and Zena Lovette of Livingstone rounded out the list of 12 All-CIAA selectees.

The women's CIAA All-Rookie team consists of Malia Rivers (Johnson C. Smith), Kaaliya Williams (Saint Augustine), Mariah Coker (Chowan), Kyaja Williams (Bowie State) as well as Bennett.



The student-athletes selected will be formally recognized during the annual CIAA Tip-Off Awards Luncheon held at the Charlotte Convention Center on February 20th.

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