Walters State took a hard fought 58-49 victory over Motlow State to secure the 2017 TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Championship and the automatic bid to the NJCAA Women's Championship. Motlow State would find out on Sunday afternoon that they had secured an at-large invitation to the national tournament.
Down 39-36 after three quarters, the Lady Senators outscored the Lady Bucks 22-10 in the 4th quarter. The final score was not indicative of the closeness of the game. Walters hit free throws down the stretch to sweal the win.
Kentoria Alexander led the way for the Lady Senators wiht 13 points. Gazmyne Herndon would be the only other player to reach double digits with ten. Anesha Harmon, Martoria Patton, and Oneisah Turner would finish with nine, eight, and seven points in support. Walters would shoot 36% for the game, connecting on 18 of 50 shots while 19 of 27 free throws (70.4%). Alexander would hand out five assists while Harmon and Patton would lead with seven rebounds.
Sara Vujacic would pace the way for the Lady Bucks with 20 points. Tamiah Sanford would finish right behind with 19 tallies. No other Lady Buck had more than two points. Motlow shot 38.5% from the field as they hit 20 of 53 shots from the field. They struggled at the line hitting only 5 of 12 attemtps (41.7%). Standord would dish out four assists while Kienya Jones and Ebony Shaw led with five rebounds.
Alexander was named MVP of the tournament. Also joining her on the All-Tourney team were teammates Harmon & Fluker, Vujacic & Sanford of Motlow, and Haven Phelps of Jackson State.