Ray Records Second Triple-Double in Win Over Five Towns

DIX HILL, N.Y. – Amaya Ray recorded her second triple-double of the season as #8 Apprentice won a 79-46 contest over #14 Five Towns Friday night.

The Builders (8-6) opened the game on a 10-2 run and continued to stretch their lead throughout the entirety of the contest, leading by as many as 35 points late in the third quarter.

Ray finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to get her second triple-double of the year and in program history. The sophomore guard finished two steals shy of a quadruple-double. Ashawnti Williams was one steal shy of a triple-double, recording 10 points and 12 boards.

Jada Eleby finished with a game-high 23 points, while Jada Bryant had another double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Apprentice will be back in action tomorrow at #12 Berkeley with tipoff set for 1 p.m.

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Bryant’s 33 Keys Builders Past Massasoit 72-43

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jada Bryant had a game high 33 points as eighth-ranked Apprentice took down visiting Massasoit Sunday afternoon in the MLK Classic 72-43.

The teams traded leads early, but with the score tied 4-4, Apprentice (7-5) ended the first quarter on a 16-0 run to take a 20-4 lead. The Warriors (3-7) cut the margin to as few as 11 in the second quarter before the Builders pulled away in the second half.

Bryant’s 33 points is good for a tie for seventh place in the Apprentice all-time single game scoring record. She brought along 18 rebounds to get her seventh double-double of the season. Jada Eleby finished with 12 while Nyla Jackson had 10. Amaya Ray pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists.

The Builders will next be in action against Virginia State, ranked 10th in NCAA Division 2, on Tuesday on the road. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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8th-Ranked Builders Shade Va. Wesleyan

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Apprentice School women’s basketball team opened up their 2024 portion of the season with a 57-48 win over Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday night.

After a tightly contested first period, the Builders (6-4), ranked eighth in the USCAA Division 1, opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to push a two-point lead into double digits. The lead hung around 10 points for the majority of the game until the start of the fourth quarter when Apprentice used a 7-0 start to the final period to take its largest lead of the day at 16 points, 50-34.

The Marlins (3-11) battled hard to trim the lead to as few as seven with under two minutes to play, but the Builders hit shots in the waning moments to quell any momentum in the visitors’ favor.

Jada Bryant led all scorers with 17 points, adding 13 rebounds to her tally for a double-double, her sixth of the year and third straight. Jada Eleby finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards. Nyla Jackson had 11, while Ashawnti Williams put up 10.

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Attrition Sidelines MACU for the Remainder of Season

Mid-Atlantic Christian University has announced they are shuttering the women’s basketball program for the remainder of the season due to unavoidable circumstances.

Athletic director Andy Meneely said in a statement, “Factors such as ineligibility, injury, and personal decisions have led to us only having 4 remaining players rostered for the spring. We hope to get this rectified for the ’24-25 school year and enjoy a full season of women’s basketball.”

The loss of the Mustangs leaves The Apprentice School with the only women’s team left in action.

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Three Double-Doubles Pace Apprentice Past Trinity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Apprentice School women’s basketball team had three players record double-doubles in a 56-37 win over Trinity Thursday night.

The Builders, ranked 4th in the latest USCAA women’s basketball poll, jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back. Apprentice stretched its lead to as many as 26 points late before the Tigers clawed back to make it a 19-point game.

Jada Eleby led all scorers with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ashawnti Williams had 11 points and 15 boards, while Jada Bryant was two assists shy of a triple-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nyla Jackson added 12 points to finish in double figures as well.

The Builders will turn around tomorrow for a rematch with Virginia Union on the road. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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Three NSAC Teams Receive National Rankings

The first basketball polls of the year are out in the USCAA, and the New South Conference is well represented as the Apprentice men’s and women’s teams as well as the Atlantis men are in the top 5 of their respective polls.

The Apprentice women crack the season-opening rankings at number four. The Lady Builders fell to eventual champion D’Youville in the national semifinals last year 75-48. Maine-Fort Kent is number one, followed by Bryant & Stratton Syracuse, Bryant & Stratton Buffalo, Apprentice, and Paul Quinn College.

The Apprentice men have garnered the number 2 national ranking, trailing only Bryant & Stratton Syracuse. Head coach Evan Kee is pleased with the recognition and says he’s looking forward to returning to Petersburg, Virginia, the site of the USCAA Small College Championships.

“We are thrilled that our strong start to the season has led to an early season #2 ranking,” said Kee. “We’ve played a challenging opening schedule and we are happy to have come out with some convincing wins. We understand that the only poll that truly matters is the final one, which will be the crowned national champion. We hope to be in position to finish the season number one in the country and to cut down nets at Virginia State University.”

The Builders are picking up where they left off last season when they went undefeated in conference play, won the NSAC tournament title, and advanced to the USCAA semifinals before falling to Bryant & Stratton Buffalo 77-75.

Atlantis comes into the poll ranked number 4. The new NSAC member also appeared in the national tournament last season in its first year of eligibility, but fell victim to B&S Buffalo in the opening round 73-64.

B&S Buffalo is at number three. Salem University, last year’s national champion, rounds out the top 5.

Ray Records Triple-Double in Apprentice Win

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the first time in program history, a triple-double was recorded for the Apprentice School women’s basketball team as Amaya Ray tallied 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 steals in a 70-60 win over Regent Tuesday night.

The Builders jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, holding the Royals without a point for the first four minutes of the game. Regent fought back to trim the lead to as few as two early in the second quarter, but Apprentice responded with a quick 6-0 spurt to push the lead back out.

In the second half, the Builders got out to a 23-point lead, but the Royals never quit, constantly putting pressure on the Builder defense. Regent got the lead all the way down to the final 10-point deficit by scoring the final eight points of the game.

Jada Bryant led the Builders in scoring with 18 points, while Ray finished with the triple-double, adding six assists to her stat line as well. Nyla Jackson had 10 points, and Ashawnti Williams added a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards.

Apprentice pulled down 49 rebounds and turned the Royals over 31 times.

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Apprentice Earns No. 6 Seed in USCAA National Tournament

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – After finishing the regular season with a 14-7 record, the Apprentice School women’s basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming USCAA National Championship to be contested in Richmond, Virginia, March 12-16, the national office announced Sunday afternoon.

The Builders will take on third-seed D’Youville Monday, March 13, at 8 p.m. at Richard Bland College. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Bryant & Stratton (Buffalo) earned the top seed with Bluefield State was named No. 2. Salem was the No. 4 seed and will take on fifth-seeded Bryant & Stratton (Albany). Bryant & Stratton (Syracuse) claimed the seventh seed, while Carlow was the last team in at No. 8.

This is the first tournament berth for Apprentice since the 2017-18 season.

Tickets for the tournament may be purchased here.

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Crusaders Heading to USCAA DII Dance

Christendom Women’s Basketball: National Championship Tournament-bound. The team, coming off one of the best seasons in program history, earned their first trip to the USCAA DII National Championship Tournament, as announced by the organization on Sunday, March 5. They will travel to Virginia State University for the tournament on March 12, aiming for a shot at the National Championship game on March 16.

The women’s basketball team went an incredible 19-5 during their regular season, which included an 8-game winning streak stretching from December to early February. Sophomore phenom Catherine Thomas gave a stunning sequel to her impressive inaugural season last year, leading the USCAA in points scored and coming in second in points per game and rebounds per game. Her performance earned her conference MVP honors along with numerous Player of the Week honors, with Miranda Keller also earning Player of the Week honors as well with her similarly impressive run this season. Head Coach Mary Minick also earned Coach of the Year honors for her leadership of the team over the course of the 2022-23 season.

The team will arrive in Petersburg, Virginia, following Mass on Sunday, March 12, to begin preparing for their first National Championship run. Games will begin on the morning of Monday, March 13, with games played each day leading up to the National Championship game on Thursday, March 16. Christendom will face Penn State Beaver in the first round on Monday, March 13 at 10:00 am.

The team is currently looking to raise $4,000 for the tournament. To support the team’s National Championship run, visit here.

For more information, visit christendomathletics.com.

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Centurions Hold Off Crusader Rally for NSAC Title

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Carolina Christian build an 12-point advantage over Christendom midway through the 4th quarter, then battled to hold off the Crusaders’ rally to claim the inaugural NSAC women’s basketball championship 70-67 on Sunday afternoon.

The Centurions frustrated Christendom’s offensive flow throughout the game with full-court pressure defense, scoring 24 points off 27 Crusader turnovers. Christendom clawed back to within 1, 68-67, on a Catherine Thomas jumper and subsequent free throw, with 46.8 seconds to play, but could get no closer. CCC’s Imari Hightower sank two free throws with 40.1 seconds left in regulation to stretch the lead back to 3. Two three-point attempts by the Crusaders in the final minute fell short to preserve the victory for the Centurions.

Hightower led all scorers with 33 points. Thomas led CC with 29 points and 23 boards, while Miranda Keller chalked 19 and 12, respectively.

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