Tennessee Wesleyan

Tennessee Wesleyan College


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 ImageNumberNamePositionHeightYearHome Town ()
Jeff RiceRice, JeffHead Coach10th Season ()
Savana Atchley2Atchley, SavanaG5-6Fr.Madisonville (Ten. )
Hunter Simpson3Simpson, HunterG5-8So.Madisonville (Ten.)
Rachel Simbeck4Simbeck, RachelG5-8Fr.Athens (Ten.)
Destanie Smith10Smith, DestanieG5-7So.Pikeville (Ten.)
Jara Gasper11Gasper, JaraG5-6Sr.Loudon (Ten.)
Kassi Knight15Knight, KassiFr.Greenback (Ten.)
Kelsey Young22Young, KelseyG5-7Jr.Etowah (Ten.)
Madison Walkup23Walkup, MadisonG5-9So.Woodbury (Ten.)
Melanie  Barker24Barker, Melanie G5-11Sr.Dunlap (Ten.)
Katelyn Cantrell25Cantrell, KatelynP6-1Fr.Knoxville (Ten.)
Sarah McKinnon30McKinnon, SarahP6-0Sr.Tellico Plains (Ten.)
LeighAnn McAfee32McAfee, LeighAnnF5-10Jr.Dunlap (Ten.)