Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Colliers: Mother-daughter earn All-CIAA honors

Virginia Union's mother-daughter tandem of Barvenia Wooten-Cherry and Vicki Collier cleaned up in CIAA individual honors.

Wooten-Cherry, a former Panthers star now in her second year as the team's head coach, was named the conference's coach of the year. Wooten-Cherry transformed a Virginia Union team that went 3-23 in her first season into this year's CIAA's Northern Division champions (12-13, 9-7 CIAA). It was the Panthers' first division title since 2003.

Collier, who spent a few injury-plagued seasons at Old Dominion and one year as her mother's assistant coach at Union, punctuated her return to competition with first-team All-CIAA honors after finishing third in the league in scoring (15.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and fifth in field-goal percentage (46.6).

Also of note for Old Dominion fans: the CIAA's men's rookie of the year is Wykevin Bazemore, a 6-4 forward for Winston-Salem State and the younger brother of ODU star Kent.

The CIAA Tournament begins Tuesday in Charlotte. Virginia Union will begin play on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against either Chowan or Fayetteville State in the quarterfinal round.

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