The Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs enter the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship with an overall record of 17-9. The Bulldogs play in the AAC (Appalachian Athletic Conference) and finished with a record of 14-6.
Leading the Bulldogs to victory are Jara Gasper, with 15.4 points per game, Hunter Simpson, with 6.8 rebounds per game, and Melanie Barker, with 2.59 assists per game.
The team is coached by Jeff Rich, who is currently in his 10th season with the Bulldogs. His overall career record with the Bulldogs stands at 201-88. Since joining the Bulldogs, the women’s team has won six conference championships and competed in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship six times.
The Bulldogs’ first matchup is against Saint Xavier, with a record of 29-3, on Wednesday, March 9th, at 1:45 p.m.
Tennessee Wesleyan 2016 Roster
|Player Image||Number||Name||Position||Height||Year||Home Town ()|
|Rice, Jeff||Head Coach||10th Season||()|
|2||Atchley, Savana||G||5-6||Fr.||Madisonville (Ten. )|
|3||Simpson, Hunter||G||5-8||So.||Madisonville (Ten.)|
|4||Simbeck, Rachel||G||5-8||Fr.||Athens (Ten.)|
|10||Smith, Destanie||G||5-7||So.||Pikeville (Ten.)|
|11||Gasper, Jara||G||5-6||Sr.||Loudon (Ten.)|
|15||Knight, Kassi||Fr.||Greenback (Ten.)|
|22||Young, Kelsey||G||5-7||Jr.||Etowah (Ten.)|
|23||Walkup, Madison||G||5-9||So.||Woodbury (Ten.)|
|24||Barker, Melanie||G||5-11||Sr.||Dunlap (Ten.)|
|25||Cantrell, Katelyn||P||6-1||Fr.||Knoxville (Ten.)|
|30||McKinnon, Sarah||P||6-0||Sr.||Tellico Plains (Ten.)|
|32||McAfee, LeighAnn||F||5-10||Jr.||Dunlap (Ten.)|