NASHVILLE --- The Nashville Civitan Club honored Tennessee State University women’s basketball players Kaliya Griffin and Taylor Roberts during the 2017-18 A.D. Hancock/Walter Nipper Basketball Sportsmanship Awards Wednesday afternoon at Swett’s Restaurant.
The awards, named in honor of former Metro Nashville Public Schools principal A.D. Hancock and Nashville Sporting Goods owner Walter Nipper, are presented annually to local collegiate student athletes who best exemplify character and sportsmanship.
Griffin was the third leading scorer on the team as a sophomore and led TSU with 50 made three-pointers. She shot a team-best 37.0 percent from long range. A native of San Jose, Calif., Griffin finished the season ranked 8th in the OVC in made triples and 9th in three-point percentage.
Roberts, a 2018 BoxtoRow All-American Second Team selection, had a stellar rookie season. She was the team’s second leading scorer and was named to the All-OVC Newcomer team. The Oklahoma City, Okla. native earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors four times and ranked in the league’s Top 10 in four different categories: free-throw percentage (4th), steals (6th), offensive rebounds (7th) and scoring (9th).
“I have always been taught to have good sportsmanship, it reflects your attitude, character and molds morals and ethics. The positive energy it gives off and how it influences the people around you is why I try to display it at all times. Because you are not just representing yourself when you play. You represent your entire community and all that it stands for. That is why I’m honored to have received the sportsmanship award!”
“It was an honor receiving this award. I think it’s important because it shows that having good character, and not just skill, is an important aspect of sports.”
See Below: Head Coach Jessica Kern's Comments on both young ladies via Twitter (video)