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SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 26, 2009) – For the third consecutive year, the Tidewater Community College Women’s Basketball team captured the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Conference Tournament crown. Head Coach Curtis McGill’s Lady Storm worked through a difficult non-conference schedule to prepare for the challenge of winning the conference again.

This year the Lady Storm began the season in Tennessee and from there would take on NJCAA opponents from Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The strenuous preparation of the non-conference schedule led to a successful run through the regular season conference schedule for TCC. The Lady Storm finished the conference portion of the schedule with seven wins and one loss;  the lone blemish coming at the hands of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), which the Lady Storm would later avenge.

TCC would share the regular season conference title with NOVA. The Lady Storm would win a coin flip and head into the VCCS Conference Tournament as the tournament's top seed. The ladies would have little trouble in defeating Southside Virginia Community College in the semifinals on March 7. TCC headed into the Championship Game to take on the upset-minded Lady Gators of Thomas Nelson Community College. Though valiant in effort, the Lady Gators did not have enough to wrest the title from Tidewater. Led by Tournament Most Valuable Player, Danielle Brown, TCC dominated the All-Tournament teams placing four team members overall. First team selections included Brown and fellow freshman, Courtney Collins. Sophomores Janay Gould and Brittanie Herriott were chosen for second team All-Tournament.

Coach McGill and his Lady Storm have now reigned over women’s basketball in the VCCS for three years. The experiences and lessons of the past have all contributed to the accomplishments of the present and a bright hope for the future. 

TCC Lady Storm Team: Top Row, L-R, Janay Gould, Shanel Tolen, Courtney Collins, and Danielle Brown. Middle Row, L-R, Jessica Swoope, British Freeman, and Ramona Mercer. Bottom Row, L-R, Brittanie Herriott and Darnita Dixon.

"All Tournament" selections: Janay Gould (top left), Brittanie Herriott (top right), Courtney Collins (bottom left), and Danielle Brown (bottom right).


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit