LUBBOCK, Texas — Jamya Rogers scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Walters State defeated Miles Community College 65-47 in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Women's Basketball Championship on Monday at the Rip Griffin Center here.
It was the first loss of the season for No. 18 seed MCC, which ends its year 33-1. Walters State (Tennessee) is seeded 15th and improved to 29-4.
Walters State, with six players 6-foot or taller on its roster, outrebounded the Pioneers 39-20. It was the Senators' 18th straight victory. The Senators led the game for 38:50 and MCC never had the lead.
Overall, the Senators made 47 percent of their field goals, including 44 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. MCC had a shooting percentage of 32 percent, including 26 percent on 3-point field goals.
Patrycja Jaworska led MCC with 10 points. Bre Moea'i scored eight points and tallied five boards for MCC. Kylee Meredith led the Pioneers with five assists.
This year's Pioneers team was the only one in school history with an undefeated regular season. It was the first time MCC played at the national tourney since 1990 and fourth time overall.
"I was very fortunate to be the one to coach this team," said MCC coach Nate Vogel in a school press release. "They are an incredible group of young women who just happen to be talented basketball players as well. This has been a special year. The hard part is not the loss, the hard part is knowing our time together as a team has come to an end in terms of basketball. I'm really going to miss being with this team everyday. Thankfully, these young women are on my team for life."
Walters State will play in the second round on Wednesday against No. 2 seed Gulf Coast State (Florida), which is 23-5.