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Women’s Basketball

Wallace State Women’s Basketball 2019 Team Camp

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.

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Wallace State’s women’s basketball team was again among the top conference contenders during the 2018-2019 season coach Jessica McBrayer, finishing with a 24-7 record and surpassing the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in eight seasons.

The Lady Lions finished second in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) North Division, advancing to the ACCC Tournament semifinals in 2019 and finishing as the 23rd ranked team in the final NJCAA poll.

A year after coaching on an interim basis, McBrayer was named the 2019 ACCC Co-North Coach of the Year.

Miajah Bullock, a sophomore from Anniston, blossomed into one of the top players in the conference during the 2018-19 season. Bullock was named to the All-ACCC/Region 22 first team and All-North Division first team after averaging 16.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Bullock posted double figures in 25 games.

Sophomore DeMaurea Moore was an All-ACCC North Division selection for the Lady Lions after averaging 12.2 points per game and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Freshman Imari Martin was named an All-ACCC Region 22 and All-North Division second-team selection after scoring 13.9 points per game and dishing out 156 assists, which was second in the conference.

Along with Bullock, Moore and Martin, Wallace State was also led in 2018-2019 by sophomore Channing Gafford and freshmen Jasmine Baker, Kyra Williams and Tawana Nevels.

 

After serving as an assistant coach for three seasons and as the interim coach for one, McBrayer guided to a second straight postseason bye. McBrayer, a Hartselle native and Cullman resident, played at Wallace State during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. k-wiliams

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.

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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.

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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 135 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 Women’s Basketball Coach 
Phone: 256.352.8481
Email: jessica.mcbrayer@wallacestate.edu