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No. 2 Lady Senators win Region VII title, advance to national tournament
 March 8, 2014

HARRIMAN, Tenn. -- There was no glass slipper for Roane State to slip on and no Cinderella story for the home team in Saturday's TCCAA-NJCAA-Region VII Tournament championship game against the second ranked Walters State Lady Senators.

Walters State pulled away in the second half to record a 76-57 victory in the title game, giving them yet another berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan., and kept them unbeaten heading into the national event.

With the win, the Lady Senators now stand at 32-0 on the season, which is the best start in program history. WSCC has now won 52 straight games against TCCAA competition.

"This was one we had to work for, and I give Roane State credit because they played hard and competed for 40 minutes," Walters State coach Dave Kragel said. "I wasn't pleased with our intensity, but these girls have battled all year long and tonight they found a way to pull away against a tough team in a tough environment."

Roane State made it a battle from the opening tip, as they led 7-4 early on before a timeout by Kragel seemed to calm the Lady Senators. Walters State took a 10-9 lead on back-to-back buckets by Monashia Bolduc, and a 3-pointer by Bre Hall made it 23-13 after a 19-6 run.

The Raiderettes cut the deficit to 25-21 near the 5-minute mark, but Jephany Brown scored five quick points and Arjae Saunders had a 3-point play to build the lead to 38-27. Shauntae Brown nailed a half court shot for Roane State just before the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to 38-30.

The Lady Senators finished the first half shooting 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from the field, including 3 of 8 from long range, and they knocked down 11 of 15 free throws. Hall had 9 points for WSCC in the half, while Bolduc added 8 points and Brown had 7 in the frame.

The Raiderettes made 37 percent (10 of 27) of their shots in the half, including 3 of 9 from behind the 3-point stripe, and they added 7 of 9 free throws. Ashley Cox had 8 points in the half, while Brown and Rameja Bell added 6 each.

The Raiderettes cut the lead to 44-38 early in the second half, but a 3-pointer from Karly Frye followed by two more buckets helped get the momentum squarely on the side of Walters State. By the midway point of the half, the Lady Senators led 56-40, and they continied to build on the lead.

Walters State took its largest lead of the game at 74-49 on three straight buckets from Hall, Jasmine McAllister and Gaby Gilmore, and they cruised to the region championship from there.

The Lady Senators finished up shooting 45.8 percent (27 of 59) from the field ,and they made 17 of 26 free throw attempts in the win. Bolduc, Hall and Donnesha Shuler-Brown (9 rebounds) each had 11 points while Arjae Saunders added 10 in the win. Frye dished out 6 assists, giving her the new school record for assists in a season with 180.

"It was a total team effort, and I couldn't be more proud of them," Kragel said. "We had to fight to win this one, and they did it. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the team and this staff, and we're going to enjoy this and then start getting ready for the national tournament next week."

The Raiderettes ended the night shooting 31.6 percent (18 of 57) from the floor, including just 6 of 22 from long range. Brown led Roane State with 15 points, while Ashley Cox added 11 and Nicole Hassler had 10 in the loss.

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