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No. 11 Lady Senators roll past Tri-County Tech, 120-18
 November 2, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Every team hopes to win their opening game of the season. The No. 11 ranked Walters State Lady Senators basketball team did so Thursday in record fashion.
The Lady Senators scored the first 19 points and never looked back, passing the century mark with 7:15 to play on their way to a triple-digit win, 120-18, over visiting Tri-County Tech inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

The Lady Senators (1-0) erased any drama for the opening game in the opening three minutes. Donnesha Shuler dropped in three layups in a 90-second stretch, as Walters State built a 10-0 lead before the Lady Hawks (0-1) could get a timeout called.

The Lady Senators scored the opening 19 points of the game, with Tri-County Tech not scoring until the 11:49 mark on a pair of free throws and not making a field goal until 42 seconds later. MiShannon Wilbanks tossed in two straight layups to build the Walters State lead to 27-4 at the midway point of the half.

The lead continued to swell throughout the half, and a bucket in the final seconds of the frame gave the Lady Senators a 51-11 advantage at halftime.

Walters State had nine players score in the half, while shooting 52.2 percent (24 of 46) from the field. Wilbanks led the way with 10 points, while Shuler and Tangela Crenshaw added eight each in the opening 20 minutes.

The second half opened much like the first, with the Lady Senators on a huge run to being the frame. Wilbanks sparked what turned into a 44-2 run with an early 3-pointer, the first triple of the game for Walters State, and former Morristown East standout Gaby Gilmore added eight points as the lead swelled to 95-13 before they coasted to the win.

Every player for the Lady Senators scored at least six points, with Wilbanks and Aisjah Roan each pumping in 20 points in the win. Shuler and Crenshaw (11 rebounds) added 14 apiece, Gilmore had 12 and Monasia Bolduc tallied 10 in the win. Caprisha Rogers tallied six points, 10 assists and 10 steals for Walters State.

The Lady Senators shot 57.3 percent (55 of 96) from the field in the win, including a blistering 70.8 percent (51 of 72) inside the 3-point line.

The Lady Hawks shot just 18.4 percent (7 of 38) from the field, and Kiandra Hood led them with six points before leaving the game midway through the second half with an ankle injury.

Walters State will be back in action Saturday when they host defending NJCAA Region X champion Spartanburg Methodist inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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