April 2, 2012

Tonisha Baker Adds NCCSIA All-State Honor

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell junior guard Tonisha Baker has been named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's (NCCSIA) All-State Second Team.

Baker was also named Big South Second Team All-Conference by the league's head coaches and media, as well as Second Team All-Big South by the website CollegeSportsMadness.com, leading the lady Camels to 18 wins, the program's most since 2001.

"We are grateful for Tonisha's recognition, as well as for her hard work and dedication to Lady Camel basketball," said Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins. "She is a joy to work with on a daily basis and we look forward to watching her continue to propel out team forward in the Big South Conference during her senior season."

The High Point, N.C. native led the Lady Camels in scoring at 14.3 points per game and tied for the team lead in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game. Baker scored in double figures 24 times in 30 games in 2011-12, posting 20 or more four times, including a career-high 31 in a win at UNC Asheville.

Baker's 31 are the most points scored by a Lady Camel since April Cromartie against Samford in 2002 (2/21/02). The performance marked the 43rd time in school history a player has registered 30 or more, while Baker becomes the 10th Lady Camel to ever post multiple 30 point games in a career. Baker's previous career-best of 30 came in last season's 98-70 win over USC Upstate on Feb. 26, 2011.

The two-time Big South Player of the Week recorded double digit rebounds seven times, posting a team-high eight double-doubles for the year. Baker led CU in scoring 14 times, rebounding 10 times and assists on 11 occasions.

Among Big South players, Baker ranked 11th overall in scoring, seventh in rebounding, 11th in field goal percentage (.446), seventh in assists (3.7), first in steals (2.7), 13th in blocks (0.6) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). She was also named to the Georgia State Thanksgiving All-Classic Team in November.

During the season, Baker became the 16th player in Lady Camel history to reach 1,000 career points, and the 19th to pull down 500 rebounds. Baker is one of only 13 in program history to accomplish both feats.

While ranking just outside the top-10 in scoring and assists, Baker stands 10th in both career steals (165) and blocks (38) in the Campbell record books.

Baker was also an Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference selection in 2011 and a 2010 A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.

Ali Ford of Elon, Anna Freeman of Appalachian State, Jennifer Hailey of Charlotte and Shamia Brown and Cheyenne Parker of High Point were all selected to the NCCSIA All-State First Team.

Joining Baker on the Second Team were Alisha Andrews of UNC Wilmington, Kelsey Evans of Elon, Erin Reynolds of High Point and Epiphany Woodson of Charlotte.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. 

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2011-12 University Division All-State Women's Basketball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Name (School), Pos., Yr., Hometown
Shamia Brown (High Point), F, Sr., Raeford, N.C.
Ali Ford (Elon), G, Jr., Morganton, N.C.
Anna Freeman (Appalachian State), F, Jr., Thomasville, N.C.
Jennifer Hailey (Charlotte), F, Jr., Marshville, N.C.
Cheyenne Parker (High Point), C, So., Queens, N.Y.

SECOND TEAM
Name (School), Pos., Yr., Hometown
Alisha Andrews (UNC Wilmington), G, So., Stone Mountain, Ga.
Tonisha Baker (Campbell), G, Jr., High Point, N.C.
Kelsey Evans (Elon), F, Jr., Raleigh, N.C.
Erin Reynolds (High Point), G, Jr., Beckley, W.Va.
Epiphany Woodson (Charlotte), G, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.

Nominated by North Carolina Sports Information professionals / Selected by NCCSIA members