2011-12 Junior College Women’s Basketball Profile: Shelton State Community College

The Shelton State Community College Lady Buccaneers appear to be a team on a mission to reclaim the Alabama Community College Conference Division I championship trophy in 2012.

The Lady Bucs, who have won five of the past six ACCC D-I conference championships, are on the verge of claiming the 2012 ACCC North Division regular season title. Shelton State had their five-year run as conference champions snapped in the semifinals by Wallace State-Hanceville in 2010-11.

The Lady Bucs are currently 24-2 overall and 8-0 in the ACCC North after defeating division foes Lawson State (64-45) on February 9 and Gadsden State (110-64) on February 6. Shelton State also defeated Alabama Southern 77-55 on February 11.

In Shelton State's game against Lawson State, the Lady Bucs had their second worst scoring output of the season as they only produced 64 points. Shelton State, which led 30-22 at halftime, shot just 38.9% (21-54) from the field for the game. The Lady Bucs did, however, knockdown 9-of-their 25 (36%) three-point attempts as sophomore Meghan Dunn and freshman Juliser Harper each hit three triples. Defensively, Shelton State limited Lawson State to 33.3% (18-54) shooting including just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Lady Bucs, who won the rebound battle 38-25, also came up with 18 steals.

Dunn, 6-of-12 from the floor, finished with a game-high 17 points and 7 rebounds with 4 coming on the offensive end. Harper, 11 points, was the only other player in double figures for Shelton State.

In the game against Gadsden State, Shelton State reached 100 points for the second straight game (the Lady Bucs had defeated Southern Union 102-51 the previous game) and fourth time during the 2011-12 season. Shelton State dominated all phases of the game against Gadsden State as they shot 56.2% from the floor (41-73) and 52.2% (12-23) from three-point land. The Lady Bucs' defense was as stifling as their offense was efficient. Shelton State held Gadsden State to 32.7% shooting from the floor while also blocking 11 shots and coming up with 14 steals.

The Lady Bucs, led by freshman Sharin Rivers, started off fast and continued their hot shooting through the first half as they took a 57-30 halftime lead. The halftime intermission didn't slow Shelton State down as they started the half on a 19-4 run. Rivers, who was 5-of-5 from long distance, scored 18 points and contributed 9 assists. Sophomores Psachel Maize and Alexis Brown added 13 points apiece for the Lady Bucs.

Season overview

Shelton State, which hasn't lost since suffering a 67-62 setback to Northwest Florida State, is currently on a 16-game winning streak. The Lady Bucs hold a two-game lead over second place Wallace St. Hanceville in the North Division. Shelton State is ranked ninth in the NJCAA national poll.

The Lady Bucs, who are second the country in scoring with 87.4 points a game, has two players averaging double figures. The two players are Dunn, 13.4 PPG, and Brown, 11.64 PPG.

Other team news:

- Shelton State is located in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

- The 62 points against NW Florida State is the Lady Bucs lowest point total of the season.

- Shelton State returned nine sophomores from the 2010-11 squad that went 23-10.

- Head coach Madonna Thompson is 346-111 (including 2011-12) in 14 years at Shelton State.

Daniel Benjamin coached small college basketball for two years.

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Updated Sunday, Feb 12, 2012