CU hosts Rosa Stokes Classic

Cumberland University will host the eighth annual Rosa Stokes Classic Thursday and Friday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Action starts Thursday evening at 6 p.m. as Nashvilles Trevecca Nazarene will play the University of the Cumberlands. Host Cumberland University will take on Purdue University - Calumet in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

On Friday, Trevecca will play Purdue University - Calumet at 12 Noon followed by Cumberland and the University of the Cumberlands at roughly 2 p.m.

The Classic is played each year in memory of the late Rosa Stokes, a DeKalb County native who played for coaches Benny Jennings and Rick Reeves and graduated in May 1988 with a bachelors in Education.

Considered one of the all-time great players for the CU womens program, she scored more than 1,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during her career.

She was posthumously inducted into the CU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stokes went into the coaching profession, serving stints as a graduate assistant at the Univ. of Louisville and Murray State before becoming an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1991.

The Golden Eagles won a pair of OVC championships and she also earned a masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling in 1993 at TTU. She moved from there to Chattanooga and then to Long Beach State, where she was the associate head coach.

Stokes then became the head coach at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, Ga., in the
summer of 2001, compiling a 26-35 record, before passing away of a heart-related condition on Aug. 7, 2003.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's CU men will take a record of 7-2 on the road this weekend as the Bulldogs head to Columbia, Mo., for the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic at Columbia College Friday and Saturday, December 30-31.

CU will face William Woods University and the host Cougars on the classic.