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No. 6 Lady Senators advance to TCCAA-NJCAA Region VII title game
 March 8, 2013

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – Despite one of their worst shooting performances of the season, the sixth ranked Walters State Lady Senators advanced to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association tournament championship game Friday with a 71-44 victory over Chattanooga State inside Copperweld Arena on the Motlow State campus.

The top-seeded Lady Senators shot less than 30 percent from the floor but pulled down a season-high 71 rebounds, including 35 offensive boards, to defeat and eliminate the fifth-seeded Lady Tigers.

With the win, Walters State improves to 28-1 on the season, runs their winning streak to 22 straight games and puts them in the NJCAA Region VII tournament championship game for the eight straight season and ninth time in the last 10 years.

The loss ends the season for Chattanooga State with a 14-12 worksheet.

The two teams battled evenly for the first seven minutes, but after the Lady Tigers took their only lead of the game at 11-10, the Lady Senators took over. Freshmen Donnesha Shuler and Tangela Crenshaw did most of the heavy lifting in a 19-0 run that put Walters State in the lead to stay.

The Lady Senators built the lead to 38-18 at the half despite making only 33.3 percent (15 of 45) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Chattanooga State managed to convert only 22.7 percent (5 of 22) in the half, but they found their way to the free throw line 16 times but made only half of their attempts.

Walters State got off to a quick start in the second half, and the Lady Tigers never recovered. The Lady Senators continued to force turnovers and get looks on the other end of the floor, and they opened the second half on a 25-10 run to take their largest lead, 63-28.

Chattanooga State doubled up Walters State over the final seven minutes, but it only trimmed the final margin to 27 points.

The Lady Senators shot just 29.5 percent (26 of 88) in the contest, and they made 6 of 20 from long range. They added 13 of 21 from the free throw line and had only nine turnovers in the win.

Shuler tossed in 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for WSCC, while Crenshaw recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Aisjah Roan totaled 13 points and six boards, while MiShannon Wilbanks chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds. Karly Frye added seven points and seven rebounds from the point guard spot.

The Lady Tigers ended the game shooting only 28.8 percent (15 of 52) from the field, and they made just 4 of 22 from behind the 3-point line. Khamiyah Crawford led Chattanooga State with 10 points in the loss.

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