Lady Trojans Honored by S.C. Legislature
The Anderson University Lady Trojans were honored on May 1, 2008 by the South Carolina State Legislature for winning the 2007‑08 Conference Carolinas regular‑season championship three of the past four years and winning the Conference Carolinas tournament championship three of the past five years.
Anderson University is one of only four Division II schools to win at least one game in the NCAA tournament during each of the last five years. The Trojans’ impressive teamwork garnered them a spot in the top ten in four categories in the final NCAA Division II statistics for the 2007‑08 season as well as the number 19 slot in the final USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Top scorer Nikki Anthony became the third AU player in the past four years to be named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year. She also received honorable mention All‑America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and from Women’s Division II Bulletin, marking the fourth straight year an Anderson player has received the distinction. Teammate Keana Boyd, another Anderson standout, received first‑team all‑conference honors.
Head Coach Jeff Dow, who was named 2007-08 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year, and the team were presented with a framed resolution from State Representative Michael Thompson and Sen. Kevin Bryant on the floor of the legislature. “It is a tremendous honor that the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, would recognize and commend our women’s basketball program,” said Dow. “I am extremely proud of our team for the effort, focus, and determination it consistently showed throughout the season.”
Athletic Director Nancy Simpson noted, “We are tremendously honored and thrilled to have been invited to the State House for this presentation. We are proud to represent Anderson University in this way, and extremely proud of the accomplishments of our women’s basketball team this past year. The diligence and work ethic of the student-athletes and of their coaches Jeff Dow and Devon Rhoads, paid off with high dividends, as the team had a tremendous performance at the NCAA Regional Tournament. This honor today culminates a great year for everyone who has been associated with the program, and we are grateful for the opportunity.”