Women’s Basketball Team Wins SSC Championship

Published: Mar 6, 2006

The University of Tampa (24-6) women’s basketball team recorded a 56-47 victory on Sunday, March 5, against previously undefeated Rollins (28-1) to win its first Sunshine State Conference tournament championship since 2000. The Spartan victory at the tournament in Saint Leo gives Tampa the SSC automatic bid for the NCAA South Regional.

 

Rollins, one of three undefeated teams coming into the game, was stifled by Tampa’s defense from beginning to end. Tampa center Shaneisha Walton recorded three blocked shots in the first eight minutes, setting the tone for the Spartans on the defensive end. Walton finished with a career-high eight blocks and moved into sole possession of Tampa’s single-season record for blocked shots with 105. She finished with eight points along with a team-high eight rebounds.

 

After shooting a combined 2-23 against Rollins in the two regular season games, Tay Mathis led Tampa with 18 points and seven assists. The point guard connected on 7-19 field goals and also played 35 minutes without a turnover. Shay Mackey also added 11 points and Courtney Wilder had 10 for the Spartans.

 

Leading 23-22 at halftime, Tampa went on a 13-0 run to start the second half. The Spartans held Rollins without a field goal until the 14:10 mark of the second half. Though Rollins outrebounded Tampa 56-47, the Spartans held the Tars to 23.4 percent from the field.

For their performances, Mathis was awarded the tournament MVP while Walton was named to the all-tournament team.

 

Tampa will play Delta State in the first round of the NCAA South Regional at 2:30 p.m., March 10, at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

 

For more information, please call Tom Kolbe, sports information director, at (813) 253-3333 x 6241 or tkolbe@ut.edu.