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CIAA Declares Shaw's Mobley Ineligible, Rescinds Her Player-Of-Year Honor

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HAMPTON, VA. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has ruled Shaw's Naomi Mobley ineligble to compete the rest of the season for violating her amateur status.

Documents sent to Shaw by the CIAA show that Mobley, a senior and the team's best player, illegally participated in and accepted expenses at a training camp hosted by the Houston Comets last spring.

As a result, Shaw has to forfeit all victories Mobley played in this season, and Mobley has been stripped of her CIAA Player-of-the-Year award.

"It is disappointing that this breech of the rules was discovered at the end of the season," Commissioner Leon G. Kerry said. "But the CIAA can not condone violations."

Allyson Hardy of Bowie State, the second-highest vote-getter, is the new Player of the Year. Winston-Salem State's Lashonda Horton has been added to the 2003 All-CIAA Team.

Final standings, to be released on Sunday, will reflect Shaw's forfeits.

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