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No. 6 Lady Senators win NJCAA Region VII Tournament title
 March 10, 2013

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Walters State Lady Senators simply were not content with just another trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan. They wanted to win a little more hardware before they left.

The top-seeded and sixth ranked Lady Senators finished off a dominating run through both the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regular season schedule and the postseason tournament Saturday with an 80-44 victory over second-seeded Volunteer State to win the NJCAA Region VII Tournament title inside Copperweld Arena on the Motlow State campus.

With the win, Walters State improves to 29-1 on the year and collects their 23rd straight victory, and they went 21-0 against TCCAA competition this season. The Lady Senators will compete in the NJCAA National Tournament inside the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan., for the 10th time in program history.

The loss drops the Lady Pioneers to 23-4 on the year, with three of those losses coming against Walters State. Vol State will be joining the Lady Senators in Salina for the national tournament, which runs March 18-23.

The outcome of the championship game was never in doubt, as Walters State led from start to finish and got a spectacular performance from Tangela Crenshaw. The freshman recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, which helped her claim Most Valuable Player honors in the tournament.

Aisjah Roan, Caprisha Rogers and Donnesha Shuler joined Crenshaw on the All-Tournament Team, with Roan tallying 13 points, six assists and five rebounds in the title game. Shuler added 12 points, while Rogers had nine rebounds and six steals in the win.

Monashia Bolduc added 10 points, while Bre Hall totaled seven and MiShannon Wilbanks fired in six for WSCC.

The Lady Senators led 11-10 early on but used an 18-0 run to break the game open. The Lady Pioneers outscored Walters State in the final minutes of the first half, but the Lady Senators took a 45-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Vol State’s hopes of a comeback in the second half were dashed quickly. Walters State outscored the Lady Pioneers 19-8 in the opening eight minutes of the half to take a 64-35 lead, and they never looked back. Their largest lead came on a 3-pointer from Wilbanks in the final minute that provided the final score.

The Lady Senators ended the night shooting 47.6 percent (30 of 63) from the field, but made only 4 of 20 from long range. WSCC had only nine turnovers, and they won the battle on the boards, 40-28.

Vol State shot just 38.1 percent (16 of 42) from the floor, and they committed 20 turnovers that led to 24 points for the Lady Senators. Zuri Hill led the Lady Pioneers with 17 points in the defeat.

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