Lady Senators cop TCCAA season title
LYNCHBURG — Freshman Jephany Brown recorded a double-double and the second ranked Walters State Lady Senators used a balanced offensive attack to hammer Motlow State 82-37 Saturday afternoon to clinch the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association title inside Copperweld Arena.
The Lady Senators (26-0, 15-0 TCCAA) forced 25 turnovers and never trailed in beating the Lady Bucks by 40plus for the second time this season.
Gaby Gilmore added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win for WSCC, while Bre Hall chipped in 10 points. Jasmine McAllister tallied 8 points and 12 rebounds, while Karly Frye totaled 8 points and 8 assists. The Lady Senators outrebounded Motlow 53-24 in the victory.
Walters State shot 45.9 percent (28 of 61) from the field, including 5 of 12 from long range, and they nailed 21 of 28 free throws in the win. In the second half, the Lady Senators shot a sizzling 56.3 percent (18 of 32) from the field and hit 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point line.
Walters State led 32-13 at the half after scoring the first 12 points of the game, and their largest lead of the game was the final score.
The Lady Bucks were held to just 21.7 percent (10 of 46) shooting in the contest, and they made only 2 of 20 from long range. Motlow could only corral 4 offensive rebounds off their missed shots, and they allowed 28 points off their 25 turnovers.
Sabrina Jackson led the Lady Bucks with 13 points, while Kayla Pope added 8 in the defeat.
The Lady Senators will return to action at home on Wednesday when they host TCCAA rival Chattanooga State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne 62, C-N 48
JEFFERSON CITY — The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles women’s basketball team fell to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears by a score of 62-48 at Holt Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Carson-Newman (12-10, 9-7 SAC) scored its second lowest point total of the season, as the losing streak has now reached a season-long five games for the Lady Eagles.
Carson-Newman was led in scoring by junior Lashawnda Peacher who scored 13 points off of the bench and also grabbed six rebounds. She was the only Lady Eagle to score in double figures in the contest.
The score was tied only once in the first half but the lead changed eight times as both teams saw several runs of five or six points to keep going back-and-forth with the lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne (17-4, 12-4 SAC) closed the first half on an 8-2 run over the final five minutes of the half and carried a 29-24 lead into the locker room.
The Bears never trailed in the second half, and the Lady Eagles would never get within fewer than a five-point deficit to Lenoir-Rhyne.
Carson-Newman shot 30 percent from the field, and was just 1-for-10 from 3-point land in the game, with the only 3-pointer made in the first half from Tatum Burstrom. Burstrom was held to under her team-best 11.6 points per game average to seven points in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by the 14 points off of the bench from Brittany Christian, and she was the lone Bear to score in double digits.
WSCC 86, Vol State 60
GALLATIN — The second ranked Walters State Lady Senators clinched the No. 1 seed in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association region tournament Friday night in dominating fashion by routing Volunteer State 86-60 on the road.
The Lady Senators shot 50 percent from the field, had four players reach double figures and two more finished with 9 and outrebounded the homestanding Lady Pioneers 48-32 in the win.
The Lady Senators led by just two points near the midway point of the first half, but they began to steadily build a lead and took a 43-29 cushion into halftime.
The second half was more of the same, with frequent trips to the free throw line being the only thing that kept the Lady Pioneers as close as they were at the end. The lead swelled to 28 at its peak before WSCC settled for the 26-point margin of victory.
The Lady Senators shot 50 percent (35 of 70) from the field in the win, including 5 of 19 from long range. They also knocked down 11 of 13 shots from the free throw stripe, and their bench outscored Vol State 51-10.
Bre Hall and Arjae Saunders led the way for WSCC with 19 and 16 points respectively, while Donnesha Shuler-Brown and Gaby Gilmore added 10 each. Jephany Brown and Karly Frye both added 9 points, with Frye also dishing out 7 assists in the victory. Shuler-Brown also pulled down 8 rebounds.
-From Staff Reports