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WSCC set for big games at home this weekend

WSCC set for big games at home this weekend

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — The Walters State basketball teams will return to the friendly confines of 'Z' Buda Gymnasium and Assembly Hall this weekend for three games in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association action beginning on Friday.


The Senators (9-5, 1-2 TCCAA) will play a pair of games this weekend, as they will host Columbia State (9-3, 2-2) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Jackson State (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Friday's game will be the first time in 10 days the Walters State men have played at home, a place where they average more than 101 points per game and win by an average of 22 points per contest in six games.


The 12th-ranked Lady Senators (8-2, 3-0 TCCAA) will be back on the home hardwood for the first time in three weeks after going 3-1 in neutral site and road games the past 21 days. The only loss in that stretch came against now No. 1 ranked Northwest Florida State. WSCC's women will take on Jackson State (4-2, 2-2) Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Columbia State does not have a women's team this season.


In the opening game of the weekend, the Senators welcome a Chargers team that is averaging nearly 94 points per game and has scored 100 or more points in six games this season. Columbia State has split each of its first two conference weekends, defeating Volunteer State (86-70) on the road in its Region VII opener before falling at two-time defending league champion Motlow State (77-74) three weeks ago and then falling to Chattanooga State (78-77) and topping Cleveland State (79-62) at home last weekend.


The Chargers are led in scoring by by Lorenzo McGhee (14.8), Jeremiah Alexander (12.2), Gene Holmes (9.9), Jaden Stanley-Williams (9.2) and Jarquavius Brown (8.5), while Stanley-Williams (9.4), Jonathan Bolden (7.6) and Jamel Cleveland (6.7) are top rebounders. Holmes (4.5) and Stanley-Williams (4.0) lead in assists per game.


On Saturday, the Senators will welcome the artists formerly known as the Generals when the Jackson State Green Jays pay a visit to Morristown. The Green Jays are averaging 74.5 points and allowing slightly more at 75.1 points per contest, and their lone Region VII win came last weekend at home against Chattanooga State (80-77). In the other three conference games, Jackson State has dropped decisions to Motlow State (90-80) and Volunteer State (91-80) on the road and to Cleveland State (75-53) at home.


The Green Jays are led in scoring by TJ Sawyer (16.2), Brandon Odell (13.8), Christian Tyler (12.8) and Eric Boyd (9.4), while Odell (6.0), Kelan Jones (5.6) and Jordan Jackson (5.4) are the leading rebounders. Sawyer also leads in assists with 6.6 per game, while Tyler dishes out 4.8 per game.


The Senators will enter the games this weekend averaging 92.7 points per game and allowing 77.9 per outing, and they sport a 5-1 record at home. Walters State will also be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, all suffered in the last five days on the road.


Walters State is led in scoring by Miles Thomas (17.1), Demontay Dixon (15.6), Kajuan Hale (14.7) and Khiry Shelton (10.2), while Dixon (7.9) leads the team in rebounding, with Thomas (6.2) and Shelton (6.1) also in the mix. Hale (6.5) and Thomas (4.8) are tops in assists.


In Saturday's nightcap, the Lady Senators will be back at home for the first time since defeating TCCAA rival Roane State (79-43) on Nov. 17, and they will host a Lady Green Jays squad that swept a home TCCAA weekend last week against Cleveland State (62-50) and Chattanooga State (50-49).


Jackson State had opened conference play with a pair of road losses, falling in Lynchburg to Motlow State (82-69) and in Gallatin to Volunteer State (69-63) three weeks ago. The Lady Green Jays average right at 70 points per game and allow nearly 59 per night, and they are 1-2 on the road this season.


Jackson State is led by a trio of double-digit scorers, including Semajia Ogburn (13.8), Hope Neyman (13.5) and Johnna Jones (12.3), with Ogburn (8.8) and Neyman (8.3) being two of the top rebounders in the TCCAA. Wandaryku Young (5.3) and Shania Johnson (4.3) are the leaders in assists, with Young leading the team in steals (3.5) per game.


The Lady Senators average 68.8 points per game this season and lead the TCCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 51.3 points per contest. At home, WSCC outscores its opponents by an average of 71-54 and sports a 3-1 home mark this season.


Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (15.6) and Zacharyia Esmon (15.6) both lead the Lady Senators in scoring, with Jamya Rogers (9.7) averaging nearly double figures also. Mendjiadeu is averaging a double-double with 10.3 rebounds per game.


Mendjiadeu is coming off a monster weekend last week when she scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 61-50 victory over Southwest Tennessee before putting up a career-high 31 points and pulling down 20 rebounds, one shy of her best effort, in a 70-60 win at Dyersburg State. In TCCAA play, Mendjiadeu is averaging 25.7 points and 14 rebounds per game, while Esmon is pouring in 15.3 points per game in league action.


Jalayah Manning (4.3), Brianna Dixon (4.3) and Esmon (4.0) all lead the team in assists.


Coming into this weekend, the Lady Senators have won three straight games and have run their TCCAA record to 149-1 over the last 150 games against league competition in a streak stretching over eight seasons.


Admission to all Walters State athletic events is free to the public.