Wallace State's women's basketball team eliminated from ACCC Tournament, finishes season at 14-11

HANCEVILLE, Ala.--Wallace State Community College's women's basketball team couldn't overcome a strong second-half surge by Faulkner State, and the Lady Lions fell 96-77 Monday night in the second-round of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Tournament at Shelton State's Umphrey Center.

The loss concluded Wallace State's season at 14-11.

Faulkner State, which had three girls score 20 or more points, used a 23-14 run halfway through the second half to grab a 10-point lead which it never relinquished.

"Give a lot of credit to Faulkner State. They gave us a lot of problems in the second half, which swung all of the momentum in their favor," said Wallace State coach Larry Slater. "Once they used the turnovers to get the lead, we couldn't get it back."

Faulkner State was paced by Ashley Vickers' double-double. The 6-foot-3 center finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Keara Walker contributed 23 points, Sheanice Rhoden had 21 points and seven assists and Frenise Lawson poured in 15 points.

For Wallace State, point guard Bailee Robinson led the way with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. LaSheena Nation finished with 12 points and NaKeesha Wise added 10.

Wallace State led 44-39 at halftime.

It was the final game in a Wallace State uniform for sophomores Kristian Moody of Gardendale, Jamie Lack of Elkmont and Julia Tupper of Phoenix, N.Y.

"Those three will be missed," Slater said. "I'm proud of all of our girls. They overcame a lot of adversity and injuries this season and never hung their head."

Wallace State advanced to Monday's game after an 87-43 victory over Wallace-Selma in Sunday's opening round.

Faulkner State, which forced 14 second-half turnovers, plays Northwest Shoals on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a semifinal contest.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.