AUGUSTA, GA -- Five players from five different Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball teams were named to the 2010-11 preseason All-Conference team on Thursday. Georgia College’s Chimere Jordan, UNC Pembroke’s JaToya Kemp, Lander’s Shannon McKever, Francis Marion’s Shannon Singleton-Bates and Clayton State’s Teshymia Tillman were selected to the team by the league’s head coaches.
Chimere Jordan was named second-team All-Conference last season, her first at Georgia College. A senior from Gray, Ga., she led the team and was ranked fifth in the PBC with 16.1 ppg, hitting 37% of her three-pointers and 82% from the line. She was also second in free throw percentage, seventh in steals, sixth in three-point percentage and fifth in three-pointers made. Jordan scored in double figures in 24 games, going over 20 points nine times with three double-doubles. She was also named to the 2010 PBC All-Tournament team and a PBC Player of the Week last season.
JaToya Kemp led the Peach Belt Conference in scoring with 18.1 points per game last year and was sixth in rebounding with 8.3 per game. Returning for her senior season, the forward from Elizabethtown, N.C., was named second-team All-Conference last season and has led the Lady Braves in scoring each of the last two seasons. Kemp had five double-doubles last year and was ranked second in the nation in shooting percentage at 63.1. She scored a career-high 41 against Armstrong Atlantic State which was also the most points in a single game in the Peach Belt Conference last year.
Shannon McKever was named first-team All-Conference last year and was a huge part in helping the Bearcats to the PBC regular-season championship and the top seed in the NCAA Regional Tournament which they hosted for the first time. A senior center from Florence, S.C., McKever led the team and was ranked seventh in the PBC with 14.4 ppg and was third in the league with 9.3 rebounds per game. She was also fourth in the league in field goal percentage and led the PBC with 92 blocked shots. She was named an All-America Honorable Mention by the WBCA.
Shannon Singleton-Bates has the opportunity to become one of the PBC’s top-10 all-time leading scorers. A senior from South Norwalk, Conn., Singleton-Bates has a 13.1 career scoring average in three seasons at FMU. Now returning for her senior season, she was ranked sixth in the league in scoring with 16.0 ppg and was named first-team All-Conference. She was sixth in the PBC in steals, hit 41% of her three-pointers and was also fourth on the team in rebounding. A PBC Player of the Week last year, she was named first-team All-Region by Daktronics and an All-America honorable mention by the WBCA.
Teshymia Tillman led Clayton State to the 2010 PBC Tournament Championship and was named the Tournament MVP. A first-team All-Conference selection, Tillman led the team and was ranked fourth in the PBC with 17.5 ppg. A returning senior guard from High Point, N.C., she also brought in 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She scored in double figures in all but four games and had 11 contests of 20 points or more. She had a career-high 34 points in the PBC Tournament Championship game, tying a PBC tournament record with 14 made field goals.
2010 Peach Belt
Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Chimere Jordan, Georgia College
JaToya Kemp, UNC Pembroke
Shannon McKever, Lander
Shannon Singleton-Bates, Francis Marion
Teshymia Tillman, Clayton State