GALLATIN, Tenn. — The 19th-ranked Walters State Lady Senators outscored homestanding Volunteer State by 24 points in the middle two frames Friday evening, helping them shoot past the Lady Pioneers, 78-50, in a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association contest in the midstate.
The Lady Senators (13-4, 5-0 TCCAA) won for the 151st time in the last 152 TCCAA games by pouring in 49 points combined in the second and third periods while never allowing the home team to score more than 14 points in a quarter in the contest.
The Lady Pioneers (5-7, 1-4 TCCAA) held tough early, trailing just 15-11 entering the second period, but the wheels slowly began to come off after that. WSCC held a 22-13 scoring advantage in the second to make it a 37-24 halftime lead, and the third period was a difference maker, as the Lady Senators ran up a 27-12 margin in the 10-minute session to take a 64-36 lead into the fourth, where both teams scored 14 points.
Walters State shot 50 percent (28 of 56) from the field in the win, including 4 of 13 from long range while having a perfect night at the charity stripe, making all 18 attempts. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu continued her torrid streak in TCCAA games by scoring 22 points and grabbing 9 rebounds, while Zacharyia Esmon had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Diamond Forrest added 14 points, while Derrinesha Jackson had 7 and Brianna Dixon had 6 in the win.
The Lady Pioneers were limited to just 28.3 percent (15 of 53) shooting in the contest, making just 7 of 25 from long distance while going 13 of 15 at the free throw line. Reserve Amanda Bennett notched a team-high 13 points in the loss.
The Lady Senators Will be back on the road again Saturday with a TCCAA matchup at Motlow State. Tipoff against the Lady Bucks (13-4, 5-0 TCCAA) inside Copperweld Arena in Lynchburg is set for 3 p.m. in a battle for first place in the league.