Wallace State basketball splits 2010 homecoming vs. Gadsden State in regular-season finales

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State's women connected on 10 3-pointers to propel the Lady Lions to a 69-43 victory over Gadsden State Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both WSCC teams.

In the nightcap, Gadsden State's men upset eighth-ranked Wallace State 73-65 to conclude the 2010 homecoming festivities at Tom Drake Coliseum.

Wallace State's women ended the regular season on a positive note. After leading 29-20 at the half, the Lady Lions blew the game wide open with a barrage of 3-pointers as four different players hit 3's on consecutive possessions for a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.

"It really was a good win to end the regular season on. We did a good job of putting the game away in the second half," said Wallace State women's coach Larry Slater. "I'm tickled to death for the girls right now. Our girls have really shown what they can do during the past four ballgames. They know we are capable of beating anyone we face."

NaKeesha Wise had three 3-pointers for Wallace State and finished with a team-high 11 points. Julia Tupper pitched in with nine points and 10 rebounds, Bailee Robinson poured in nine points and Natalie Kelley and Morgan Duncan each scored eight points apiece.

Sandra Sturdivant pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds for the Lady Lions (13-10, 6-4 Alabama Community College Conference).

Christen Pontius, who missed all season with a ligament injury, added an emotional five points for Wallace State off the bench.

"I'm thrilled she was able to play and score. She even hit a 3-pointer," Slater said.

For Gadsden State (18-8, 5-5 ACCC), Marquita McMurray finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Shundray Davis added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Gadsden State's men ruined all the fun for Wallace State in Thursday's doubleheader. The Cardinals used 11 3-pointers and a strong second half to knock off Wallace State.

Gadsden State claimed its first lead with 8:53 remaining in the contest, and a 3-pointer by Deric Rudolph with 5:24 left pushed Gadsden State's lead to 59-51.

The Cardinals (21-8, 9-5 ACCC) never relinquished it.

"We let them shoot it too much. We just stood right there and looked at them," said Wallace State coach Allen Sharpe. "It's hard to know how bad we want to win something after playing defense like that."

L.A. Farmer led Wallace State (26-4, 11-3 ACCC) in the loss with 18 points. Darrin Williams contributed 12 points, Sergio Crowe had nine and Donterious Hughes added seven.

Antoine Hall paced Gadsden State with 20 points, while Kaleb Owens had 11 and Leventrice Gray seven.

Wallace State led 39-33 at intermission.

Both Wallace State teams are idle until the ACCC Tournament, which is being played at Shelton State this year.

The Wallace State women, the North No. 3 seed, open play Sunday vs. Wallace-Selma at 7:30 p.m. in a first-round game.

Wallace State's men, the North No. 2 seed, have a bye in the men's tournament which begins next Wednesday.

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