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No. 9 Lady Senators upset No. 1 Gulf Coast State, 56-51
 November 24, 2012

DECATUR, Ga. – Through five games this season, the ninth ranked Walters State Lady Senators had not been seriously threatened. Their sixth opponent, the top ranked team in the nation Gulf Coast State, had not been challenged through six games.

All that changed Friday in the first day of the Georgia Perimeter Classic in Decatur, Ga., as the Lady Senators took a halftime lead and built on it before holding on for a 56-51 upset win over the Lady Commodores.

With the win, Walters State improves to 6-0 on the season, while the loss drops the No. 1 ranked Gulf Coast to 6-1 for the campaign.

“Our girls played so hard, and they did so well on defense,” Lady Senators veteran coach Dave Kragel said. “They were a little nervous at the start, but once they settled down, they played very well. I couldn’t be much prouder of them. They played their tails off and beat a very good basketball team.”

The Lady Commodores held a 13-9 lead midway through the first half, but a timeout around the 8-minute mark of the frame by Kragel settled his team down. The break helped, as Walters State closed the half on a 14-8 spurt to take a 23-21 lead at halftime.

Neither team shot well in the first 20 minutes, with the Lady Senators shooting only 22.2 percent (8 of 36) in the opening half, including only 3 of 13 from long range. Gulf Coast shot 28.6 percent (6 of 21) in the half.

Walters State warmed up in the second half and built their lead to 44-35 with 8:08 left, but a 7-0 run by the Lady Commodores cut the deficit to 44-42 with just more than six minutes left. Gulf Coast got no closer, as a 5-0 spurt by the Lady Senators led to the win.

Walters State shot 29 percent (20 of 69) from the field in the contest, while making only 3 of 18 from long range and 13 of 19 from the free throw line. The Lady Senators outrebounded the Lady ‘Dores, 41-36, including 16-9 on the offensive glass.

Tangela Crenshaw led Walters State with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while Donnesha Shuler added 11 points and four assists. Monashia Bolduc tallied eight points and Aisjah Roan had seven in the victory.

Gulf Coast shot 34.7 percent (17 of 49) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5 of 16) from the 3-point line and 63.2 percent (12 of 19) from the charity stripe, and they committed 22 turnovers in the loss.

Tamara Taylor scored 12 points and Jessica Morton had 10 in the loss.

The Lady Senators will be back on the hardwood Saturday when they take on Georgia Highlands at 4 p.m.

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