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No. 7 Lady Senators pound Southwest Tennessee, 78-46
 January 28, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- After rolling her ankle in Saturday's game against Dyersburg State, sophomore guard Aisjah Roan was not sure she would be able to play in Walters State's Sunday afternoon's game against Southwest Tennessee.
It only took Roan about a minute and a half to prove that she was good to go.

Roan scored the first seven points of the game against the Lady Saluqis and finished the contest with 20 points to power Walters State to a 78-46 win over Southwest Tennessee.

With the win, the Lady Senators improve to 19-1 and remain undefeated in conference play at 11-0. The Lady Saluqis fall to 9-10, 6-5 in conference play.

Head coach Dave Kragel said he was proud of the way Roan played not only on Sunday but in the past several contests.

"Aisjah has been doing a really good job for us. And we needed that today," Kragel said. "Karly Frye played 40 minutes last night and Donessha Shuler played almost 40 minutes as well and we needed Aisjah to play well. She was ready for the task in both games this weekend."

In addition to Roan's 20 points, she had six steals and three assists. Tangela Crenshaw and Jasmine McAllister both added 12 points each for Walters State. Brandi James had 12 for Southwest and Matoria Henley had 11 points.

"I wasn't sure if Aisjah was going to be able to play because she rolled her ankle in the Dyersburg game," Kragel said of Roan's injury suffered the night before in the game against the Lady Eagles. "I didn't know if she was going to be able to play until warm-ups. That's why I didn't turn our line-up until as late as I possibly could."

The game was never in doubt as the Lady Senators built a 19-point lead midway through the first half. Walters State scored seven straight points to go up 41-18 with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. Tatiana Allen produced the final points of the half when she completed a three-point play for Southwest as Walters State led comfortably at the half, 43-22.

"We got out to a good lead and Southwest didn't play nearly as well after that," Kragel said of the fast start. "They didn't come quite as hard as you would expect but this was a good win. We played a lot of people and we have to get more experience with some of these kids."

The second half was more of the same as the Lady Senators controlled the tempo for all 20 minutes. Walters State shot 54% (15-of-28) in the second half and limited the Lady Salquis to only 26% (7-of-27) from the field.

The Lady Senators pushed the lead to 30 points at 60-30 when Nakeisha Tucker scored on a jumper. They would maintain a lead at or near the 30-point mark the rest of the way in the 78-46 victory.

Walters State forced 23 turnovers and had 17 steals in a stellar defensive effort. Kragel said that defense is always the biggest area of emphasis for his team.

"That's our style," Kragel said of the Lady Senators' excellent defensive performance against the Lady Salquis. "We play hard defense and our offense is predicated around our defense. Our kids played extremely hard and I told them that if we won today, we would take Monday off. It's probably the first day we have had off in quite some time."

Walters State will enjoy the off day before they travel to West Tennessee next weekend for games at Jackson State on Friday and Columbia State on Saturday.

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