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The Wallace State women’s basketball program has carved out a winning tradition. The Lady Lions have won six ACCC/Region 22 conference championships and advanced five times to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I tournament.
Wallace State’s women’s basketball team was among the top conference contenders during the 2017-2018 season under interim coach Jessica McBrayer, finishing with a 23-8 record and surpassing the 20-win plateau for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The Lady Lions finished second in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) North Division, compiling an 11-1 record at home and advancing to the ACCC Tournament semifinals in 2018.
McBrayer was officially named the women’s head coach following the season.
Joy Sadler, a sophomore from Gardendale, blossomed into one of the top players in the conference. Sadler was named to the All-ACCC/Region 22 1st team after averaging 13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. She registered nine double-doubles, shot 42 percent from the field and served as a 3-point threat.
Sophomore Gabby Hill was a 2nd-team ACCC All-North Division selection for the Lady Lions after averaging 12.1 points per game and leading the team in 3-pointers made (51).
Along with Sadler and Hill, Wallace State was also led in 2017-2018 by the guidance of sophomores Sydney Powell, Karlie Hudson, Marquise Cobbs, Tykeah Rogers, Alexis Osteen and Ahziala Wright.
The Lady Lions also succeeded in the classroom during the 2017-2018 season, compiling an overall 3.39 GPA as a NJCAA honorable mention All-Academic team. Seven players earned individual recognition, including freshman Jada Golden’s 4.0 GPA.
After serving as an assistant coach for three seasons, McBrayer guided the Lady Lions in an interim role in 2017-2018, helping them earn a postseason bye. McBrayer played at Wallace State during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
With McBrayer as an assistant, the 2014-2015 season was one of the program’s best. The Lady Lions advanced to their fifth National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament and made history by winning the program’s first opening-round game in Salina, Kansas. The Lady Lions finished the campaign with 28-6 record, qualified for the national tournament as the ACCC/Region 22 runner-up (as an at-large zone bid qualifier) and earned the Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award for the first ever time at the national tournament.Read more...
Among the sophomores on 2014-15 team was forward Morgan Smith, a Cullman graduate. She became the first player in women’s basketball history to be named a 2nd-team NJCAA All-American. Smith, who was also named the 2015 ACCC Player of the Year, led the team with an average of 16.1 points per game and was also first on the team in steals (93), second in assists (94) and third in rebounding (5.6 per game). Smith was an All-Region 22 second-team member as a freshman and a first-team All-North Division member.
The 2013-2014 season was also special. Wallace State won the ACCC North Division championship, finishing with a 27-5 record. The Lady Lions were a perfect 13-0 at home during the regular season, won 18 of 19 games at one point, made a conference-best 265 3-pointers and earned a top seed in the conference tournament.
Wallace State women’s basketball has produced more than 130 NCAA Division I players upon transferring and holds claim to a strong collection of NJCAA All-Americans and NJCAA Academic Athletes of Distinction in its history.
For more information, contact:
Jessica McBrayer, Wallace State Interim Women’s Basketball Coach