Hawk’s Nest View

Published 2:45 pm Friday, January 27, 2012

Hey Hawks fans!

I hope you all were at the basketball games on Thursday against Elizabeth City State University!  The Hawks had some outstanding performances from both the women’s and the men’s team.   The gym was packed with fans and it was awesome to see two CIAA wins firsthand!

Talaya Lynch had a 22 point performance en route to the 68-59 win over the Vikings.  Ransheda Jennings contributed 10 points and seven assists, in addition to 13 points and nine rebounds from Summer Curtis.  This was a great win to watch!  The Hawks travel to Richmond, Virginia on Saturday to play against the Virginia Union Panthers.  Good luck ladies!

Congratulations to Coach Mashuda for earning his 100th win on Thursday!  Coach Mashuda has been at the helm of the women’s basketball program for eight years, and it was nice to see him accomplish this coaching milestone at home, at the Helms Center.

The men’s team also had a solid night.  They defeated ECSU 80-72 in their first CIAA win of the season.  CU had some big time performances from Quinton McDuffie, Kyree Bethel, Lee Branscome and Rickey Lamb.

McDuffie tallied 22 points for the Hawks, combined with a double-double from Lamb.  CIAA Player of the Week Kyree Bethel added 15 points to the cause, topped off with a career high 19 point game from Branscome.  The men also travel to Virginia Union this weekend where they will hopefully pick up another CIAA win.

Ransheda Jennings and Lee Branscome have both been nominated for the CIAA Senior Lowe’s CLASS Award.  This is a big honor for them.  Help Jennings and Branscome by voting for them online!  Go to www.gocuhawks.com and click on the Lowe’s icon to cast your vote.

The next home game for Men’s and Women’s Basketball is February 13, against Virginia University.  The Athletic Department, Women’s Basketball team, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee are hosting a Play4Kay game.  This is a national campaign that CU is participating in for the fourth consecutive year.

We will be collecting funds throughout the game to donate on behalf of breast cancer research.  Survivors are invited to come and be recognized during a special halftime ceremony.  Show your support by coming to the game wearing your best pink gear!

That same week, on February 18, at 12 noon, the softball team will host their first Strike Out Cancer game against West Chester.  We want to do our part in supporting breast cancer research and awareness, and we’d love to see you at the game!

The Bowling team competed this week at the Bowie State University Classic.  Sophia Mitchell and Kendra Brooks had solid scores in the tournament, leading the Hawks to an 11th place finish out of 14 teams.    The Bowling team is also traveling to Richmond, Virginia this weekend where they will compete in the CIAA North Division Round-up. Good luck!

And finally, baseball and softball season is almost here!  Baseball starts off their season at home on February 1st against Washington Adventist College at 12 noon.  Softball is set to travel to South Carolina next weekend to play in the Francis Marion Tournament.



Allie Kolezynski is a senior at Chowan University and a member of the Hawk softball team. She can be reached via email at sports@r-cnews.com.