Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Women Fall 96-50 to Shelton State in Classic Opener

December 14, 2012 - The Shelton State Community College Lady Bucs showed why they are the No. 1 women's basketball team in Alabama and the sixth-ranked NJCAA team in the country on Friday night, defeating Brevard Community College 96-50 on the first day of the Lady Titan Classic at the Melbourne Campus gym.

Shelton State, of Tuscaloosa, improved to 13-0 while BCC suffered its seventh straight defeat to fall to 2-10. BCC is winless in three games at home, giving up 88, 97 and 96 points.

In the first two Classic games on Friday ASA College of Brooklyn, N.Y. defeated the College of Central Florida 65-43 and St. Petersburg Community College beat the Brevard Flames 77-48.

Games resume at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Brevard Flames playing the College of Central Florida at 1 p.m.; Shelton State playing St. Petersburg at 3 p.m. and BCC playing ASA College at 5 p.m.

Sophomore co-captain Shaneece Stephens led Brevard with 20 points against Shelton State while classmate Olivia Atwell scored 12. They were the only Lady Titans in double figures.

Sophomore Brianna Lancaster led the Lady Bucs scoring parade with 23 points. All 13 Shelton State players who saw court time scored.

Not only were the Lady Bucs deep, talented and offensively proficient but they also were relentless on defense. Their full-court press over the final 10 minutes of the first half was instrumental in expanding what was a 15-10 lead to a 47-23 advantage at the break.

The second half was more of the same for the overmatched Lady Titans and head coach Renee Bellamy.

"I don't know what else to say," Bellamy replied when asked what she would tell her players.

"We've said pretty much everything we can say as coaches. Now is the time for them to basically produce. That's one of the biggest things. We are having problems defensively.

"We played competitive in spurts. We've got to keep playing competitively and get ourselves ready. We're taking our knocks but one of the biggest things is that they're still competing. But we've got to produce. We need everybody."

Once again Stephens, who is the only player averaging in double figures in scoring, provided the bulk of the Lady Titans offense. But Bellamy acknowledged Stephens needs help.

"At some point in time she's got to realize she can't carry the whole team," Bellamy said.

Admission to Saturday's games is $5 for adults and $3 for youths 17 and under. The concession stand will be open.