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Women's Basketball 2010-2011 Season News

Lady Bucks Fall to Tournament Champion

The Motlow Lady Bucks fell to Chattanooga State 61-43 in the second round of the NJCAA Region VII Tournament on Thursday, Mar. 4 in Dyersburg, TN. Chattanooga St. entered the tournament as the top seed and won the championship with a 57-55 win over Walters St. on Sunday.

The Lady Bucks season ends with a 9-18 overall record, including a 4-14 conference mark. Details from the tournament and final statistics for the 2010-2011 season will be published when they become available.

Lady Bucks Advance to Second Round

The Motlow Lady Bucks basketball team advanced to the second round of the Region VII Tournament with an opening round 80-78 victory over Columbia State on Wednesday, Mar. 2 in Dyersburg. It was the third win over the Lady Chargers this season.

The eighth-seeded Lady Bucks' win over the ninth seed matches Motlow against the top seed, Chattanooga State, in round two. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm on Thursday, Mar. 3.

The championship game will be Sunday, Mar. 6 at 2pm, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Tournament in Salina, KS beginning Mar. 15.

Lady Bucks Open Tournament Wednesday

The Motlow Lady Bucks will play the second of two opening round games as the NJCAA Region VII Tournament begins Wednesday, Mar. 2 at Dyersburg State in Dyersburg, TN.

The Lady Bucks will face Columbia St., a team that Motlow defeated twice during the regular season, at 4pm on Wednesday. The winner will advance to Thursday's second round, where they will face Chattanooga State at 6pm.

Lady Bucks Enter Tournament on Winning Streak

The Motlow Lady Bucks basketball team will enter the upcoming Region VII Tournament on a two-game conference winning streak following their 61-49 victory over Columbia State in the regular season finale Saturday night in Columbia.

Motlow (8-17, 4-14) topped the Lady Chargers for the second time this year, also winning on Nov. 13 69-64 at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks' other two conference wins came against Jackson St. - 53-44 on Nov. 12 and 77-66 on Feb. 16.

Conference teams will now wait for official seeding for the tournament, which will be held at Dyersburg State beginning March 2. Motlow will likely be the No. 8 seed, finishing ahead of both Jackson State and Columbia State in the final standings.

Sophomore Crystal Moore led Motlow with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Emily Rivers and LaDonna Bailey added 10 points each. Rachel Calfee pulled down eight rebounds, while Jane Barnes and Rexchelle Jarman had seven rebounds in a game that the Lady Bucks dominated on the glass.

Jayme Jackson had a team-high four assists while Calfee led the team with three steals. Motlow hit only 2-18 three-point shot attempts.

Motlow trailed Columbia State 28-27 at the half, but the Lady Bucks closed the final half of their regular season by controlling the paint and grabbing the much-needed win.

Lady Bucks Put Brakes on Conference Skid

The Motlow Lady Bucks finally put an end to their 14-game TCCAA losing skid with a 77-66 victory over Jackson State on Wednesday night in Jackson, TN.

Motlow (7-17, 3-14) will close out the regular season with a trip to Columbia, TN to face Columbia State this coming Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for 2pm.

The Lady Bucks will likely open the Region VII Tournament as the 8th seed. The tournament begins March 2 in Dyersburg, TN on the campus of Dyersburg State.

Motlow did two things quite well against the Lady Generals Wednesday night that they have not been especially successful with in recent weeks - shooting three-point shots and shooting free throws.

The Lady Bucks made six three pointers in the first half to open a 38-23 lead. Freshman Katie Lipham had three of those, with Paige Malone, Crystal Moore, and Jane Barnes adding one each. Lipham hit another in the final 20 minutes along with Emily Rivers, Katora Fleming, and Barnes. Motlow had 10 three pointers for the game.

With the late lead the host Jackson St. team forced the Lady Bucks to the free throw stripe in order to seal the win, and unlike the previous two games that came down to the same scenario, this time the Lady Bucks came through in the clutch.

Motlow was 15-19 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes and 17-22 for the game.

Moore led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points, followed by Barnes with 14, Fleming and Lipham with 12, and Malone with nine.

Lady Bucks Revisit Agony of Defeat

For the second consecutive game the Motlow Lady Bucks let a golden opportunity to end their conference losing skid escape as they dropped a 69-65 decision to Southwest Tennessee after leading with three minutes to go on Saturday at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks will join the men's team for the final road trip of the regular season. Motlow plays at Jackson St. on Wednesday, then closes the season at Columbia St. next Saturday. The Region VII Tournament opens March 2 at Dyersburg St. in Dyersburg, TN.

Motlow (6-17, 2-14) had four sophomores honored on Sophomore Recognition Day, the final home game of the 2010-2011 season, and all four upperclassmen played a critical role in the Lady Bucks' efforts.

The Lady Bucks led 16-14 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 34. Jane Barnes, one of the four sophomores, sparked the Lady Bucks with 10 points in the first 20 minutes.

The second half saw the home team jump out with a 7-0 run in the first six minutes, followed by a 10-2 run by the visiting Lady Saluqis over the next three minutes. The two teams were tied at 52 with eight minutes remaining and at 65 with 90 seconds left.

However, struggles at the free-throw line, which have plagued the Lady Bucks all season, crept up again in the final 20 minutes as Motlow sank only 7-13 attempts in the second half and 18-32 for the game.

The Lady Bucks were led by Barnes and Katora Fleming with 12 points each, joined in double figures by Crystal Moore with 11. Fellow sophomore LaDonna Bailey added six points, all from the free throw line.

Freshman Rachel Calfee scored seven points and led the rebounding with seven boards, with classmate Paige Malone leading the team with three assists and three steals.

Lady Bucks Let One Slip Away

The Motlow Lady Bucks (6-16, 2-13) let an opportunity to end their 12- game conference losing skid slip through their fingers as Dyersburg St. escaped Copperweld Arena Wednesday night with a 47-46 victory.

The Lady Bucks will close out the home portion of their season when they host Southwest Tennessee on Saturday at 2pm. Sophomore basketball players will be recognized and honored between the men's and women's contest.

Both Motlow and Dyersburg struggled from the field early in the contest, with the score tied at nine each with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Lady Bucks, behind solid inside play from Crystal Moore, went on a 9-0 run and built an 18-9 lead with 5:52 left in the first half. Dyersburg came right back though, heading into the intermission trailing the Lady Bucks 19-18.

Motlow's Callisha Johnson came off the bench early the second half and scored five points as the Lady Bucks extended their lead to 36-25 with 10:36 remaining.

However, the Lady Bucks were unable to capitalize on their opportunities at the free throw line. Leading 40-33 with eight minutes left, Motlow missed five of nine free throw chances and the Lady Eagles took advantage by hitting six second-half three point shots.

Dyersburg St. finally took its first lead at 47-45 with 1:10 left to play. Motlow had its chances in the final minute with multiple possessions but could not get a shot to fall when they needed it most.

Unofficially the Lady Bucks were led by Crystal Moore with 10 points and eight rebounds.

East Tennessee Not Kind to Lady Bucks

The Motlow Lady Bucks (6-15, 2-12) were unable to put the breaks on a skid that has seen them lose 15 of their previous 16 games when they made their annual trek through East Tennessee this past weekend.

On Friday night Motlow headed to Harriman, TN and dropped a 73-46 decision to Roane St. Saturday the trip continued to Morristown, where Walters St. handed Motlow a 76-48 loss.

The Lady Bucks have two home games remaining, beginning with Dyersburg St. visiting Copperweld Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 9, with tipoff scheduled for 6pm. Saturday is Sophomore Recognition Day, with Southwest Tennessee the opponent for a 2pm tipoff.

In Harriman Friday night the Lady Bucks had no answer for the Lady Raiders. Motlow trailed 36-18 at halftime and shot only 33% from the field for the game, including 4-22 three point shots and 6-12 free throws. The Lady Bucks were out-rebounded by an amazing 53-19 margin.

Jayme Jackson led the Lady Bucks with 10 points and five rebounds and hit two of Motlow's three-point shots.

Saturday in Morristown the Lady Bucks were better, although their competition was perhaps better as well.

Walters St. is ranked among the top 30 teams in the nation by the NJCAA, and the Lady Senators played up to their ranking. The Lady Bucks fought hard, trailing only 40-27 at intermission.

Motlow, on the other hand, continued to struggle shooting the basketball. The Lady Bucks hit only 8-28 shots from the field, although their three-point shooting was better as they hit 7-21. From the foul line though the Lady Bucks were dismal, connecting on only 11-29 free throws.

Walters won the rebounding battle 46-38 and the outside shooting contest as well as they connected on 10-20 three point shots.

Jackson and Callisha Johnson led Motlow with eight points each, with Crystal Moore leading the rebounding effort with five.

Chattanooga St. Shows Why It Is Nationally Ranked

The Motlow Lady Bucks (6-13, 2-10), along with a large homcoming crowd at Copperweld Arena, saw first-hand why Chattanooga St. is ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation as the visiting Lady Tigers thrashed Motlow 57-30 on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The Lady Bucks performed much better the previous night, falling to Cleveland St. 60-55 in a game that saw Motlow miss 16 free throws. Cleveland St. is also ranked in the NJCAA top 25 poll.

Motlow will take to the road this coming weekend for a pair of critical TCCAA contests, visiting Roane St. in Harriman, TN on Friday, Feb. 4, then visiting Walters St. in Morristown on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Lady Bucks gave 22nd ranked Cleveland a serious scare Friday night, leading 33-32 at halftime. However, the 17-33 performance at the charity stripe, with many opportunities coming in the second half, doomed the Lady Bucks in the final 20 minutes.

Motlow connected on only 2-12 shots from three-point range and shot 38% from the field for the game. Cleveland hit 6-16 from behind the three-point line and shot 41% from the field.

Emily Rivers and Crystal Moore led the Lady Bucks with 10 points and five rebounds each, with Paige Malone also pulling down five boards. Malone also dished out a team-high five assists.

Motlow started strong against Chattanooga on Saturday and enjoyed its only lead of the game at 8-7 with 9:30 remaining in the first half. The Lady Tigers then asserted themselves with a 13-2 run to take a 20-10 lead with five minutes left in the half. At intermission the visitors' lead was 27-15.

The second half was much of the same as Motlow trailed by 25-30 points throughout. The Lady Bucks continued to struggle from the field, connecting on only 10-52 shots, including 0-14 from behind the three-point line.

Free throw shooting was once again a thorn in Motlow's side as the Lady Bucks hit only 10-22 charity tosses. The Lady Bucks were led by Rexchelle Jarman with eight points and Paige Malone with 10 rebounds, two assists, and three steals..

Lady Bucks Hope For Homecoming Boost

The Motlow Lady Bucks (6-11, 2-8) put up a solid performance on the road but came away without a win to show for it as they dropped a 59-52 decision to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association for Volunteer St. on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Gallatin, TN.

Motlow will now return home and host a pair of nationally-ranked opponents for homecoming weekend. Cleveland St., ranked 22nd in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll, visits Copperweld Arena on Friday, Jan. 28 at 6pm.

Saturday, Jan. 29 is Homecoming 2011 on the Motlow Moore County campus. Festivities and activities begin at 12 noon in Nisbett Center. Chattanooga St., the nation's 20th ranked team, will be Saturday's opponent with tipoff scheduled for 2pm.

The Lady Bucks fell to both teams on the road back in December, dropping a 64-46 decision to Cleveland and falling 58-46 to Chattanooga.

Motlow struggled in the first half against the Lady Pioneers, trailing 28-16 at intermission, then came back strong and outscored the home team 36-31 in the final 20 minutes.The Lady Bucks shot only 30% from the floor but had one of their best long-range shooting games of the season by connecting on 8-12 three-point attempts.

Callisha Johnson came off the bench and led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 17 points, including a trio of three pointers and 4-5 from the free throw line. Emily Rivers and Jane Barnes also came off the bench to score nine points each.

Motlow's starting five scored only 14 points, with the bench contributing the other 38. Barnes added six rebounds to lead the team, while Paige Malone dished out a team-high four assists and Crystal Moore led the way with three steals.

Lady Bucks Break Losing Skid

The Motlow Lady Bucks (6-10, 2-7) broke their nine-game losing skid with a 62-58 overtime win over the Nashville All-Stars on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks will travel to Gallatin, TN to face Volunteer St. on Saturday, Jan. 22, with tipoff scheduled for 2pm.

The win over the visiting all-stars comes on the heels of two conference losses over the weekend. The Lady Bucks fell to Dyersburg St. 88-62 on Friday, Jan. 14 in Dyersburg, then dropped a 73-55 decision to Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Memphis.

Details of the win over the Nashville All-Stars will be posted soon.

The loss to Dyersburg St. saw the Lady Bucks shoot only 42% from the field while Dyersburg connected on 61% of its shots. Neither team shot well from the three-point line, with each team connecting on only 22% of its three-point shots.

Callisha Johnson led Motlow with 10 points against Dyersburg, while Rachel Calfee pulled down five rebounds and Katora Fleming dished out three assists.

In Memphis the Lady Bucks' shooting woes continued as Motlow connected on only 38% of its shots from the field and only 1-10 three-point attempts. Motlow's defense held Southwest to only 28% from the field, but the Lady Saluqis hit 7-18 three pointers and 18-25 free throws. Motlow only hit 12-24 from the free throw line.

Jane Barnes led Motlow in scoring with 15 points, while Emily Rivers scored 12 and Fleming added 10 points. Barnes narrowly missed a double-double as she pulled down nine rebounds, with Calfee adding seven boards and Rivers six. Johnson led the Lady Bucks with three assists while Rivers had five steals.

Lady Bucks Hope For Holiday Turnaround

The Motlow Lady Bucks (5-7, 2-5) hope with the holiday break comes a turnaround to their season after dropping their sixth consecutive contest, 61-52 to visiting Northeast Mississippi on Thursday, Dec. 16 at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks will now break for almost a month during the holiday season. Motlow returns to action with a west Tennessee conference road trip, facing Dyersburg St. on Friday, Jan. 14, then traveling to Memphis to face Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 15. The next home date is Tuesday, Jan. 18, when the Nashville All-Stars visit for a 5:30pm tipoff.

The Lady Bucks' only lead of the game came with 14:45 remaining in the first half at 7-6. The Lady Tigers then went on a 10-2 run and extended their lead to 34-21 at halftime.

Motlow fought back hard in the second half, pulling within three points at 47-44 with seven minutes remaining. However, the visiting Lady Tigers connected on 9-10 free throws to seal the victory.

Jane Barnes led Motlow in scoring with 12 points, with 11 coming in the second half. Emily Rivers added nine points off the bench while Callisha Johnson scored seven. Rachel Calfee and Rivers each had a team-high five rebounds, while Paige Malone dished out three assists.

Lady Bucks Sink in Conference Standings

The Motlow Lady Bucks (5-7, 2-5) will seek to end a six-game losing streak when they host Northeast Mississippi on Thursday, Dec. 16 in the final contest before the holiday break. Motlow will return to action on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 with a trip to Dyersburg St.

The Lady Bucks have struggled after a 5-1 start to the season, and a pair of conference losses over the past weekend have sent them in the wrong direction in the standings. The Lady Bucks fell 77-57 to Roane St. on Friday, Dec. 10, then dropped a 59-48 decision to Walters St. on Saturday, Dec. 11. Both contests were at Copperweld Arena.

The Roane St. women are among the top teams in the TCCAA, and they showed why in the first half Friday night as they surged to a 34-10 lead with nine minutes remaining. At that point the Lady Bucks fought back with a 21-8 run to close the half and trailed 42-31 at the intermission.

Motlow closed the gap to 10 points a couple of times early in the second half, and trailed 53-42 with 13:21 remaining. At that point Roane went on a 20-7 run to put the game away.

Callisha Johnson led the Lady Bucks with 10 points and also had three steals. Rachel Calfee led the team in rebounding with nine while scoring six points. Crystal Moore just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Emily Rivers had four steals as the Lady Bucks had 23 steals but turned the ball over 29 times.

The Lady Bucks had a much better start Saturday against Walters St. Jumping out to a 23-12 lead with 7:50 remaining in the first half. Moore and Calfee keyed the quick start inside the paint, with Moore scoring nine first-half points and Calfee six. However, the visitors fought back in the final minutes before intermission and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 28.

Motlow's last lead was by one point with about 10 minutes remaining, and despite the Lady Bucks remaining close until the final minutes they could not catch the Lady Senators. Johnson again led the scoring with 17 points, followed by Moore with 12 and Calfee with 10. Calfee completed a double-double with 11 rebounds. Jayme Jackson and Johnson eached dished out five assists. Calfee led the team with six steals while Jackson and Katora Fleming each had four.

Lady Bucks Hope to Right Ship at Home

The Motlow Lady Bucks (5-4, 2-3) hope to reverse their fortunes and get back on the winning track this weekend when they host a pair of conference foes at Copperweld Arena. Roane St. visits Friday night with tipoff scheduled for 6pm, then Walters St. invades on Saturday at 2pm.

The Lady Bucks have now lost four straight games after jumping out to a quick 5-1 start to the season. Poor shooting has hampered Motlow's offensive attack and the lack of a consistent outside shooting threat has allowed defenses to fill up the paint and shut down the Lady Bucks' inside duo of Crystal Moore and Rachel Calfee.

Roane St. (7-2, 4-1) has gotten off to a quick start in the conference and has won five consecutive games following a 63-60 loss at Walters St. on Nov. 13. The Lady Senators, who have won multiple TCCAA titles, struggled at the start of the season but are now 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

Lady Bucks Drop Road Games

The Motlow Lady Bucks (5-4, 2-3) dropped a pair of conference road contests over the weekend, falling 64-46 to Cleveland St. on Friday, Dec. 3, then suffering a 58-46 loss to Chattanooga St. on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks will travel to Gadsden, AL to face Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Motlow squeezed past Gadsden 72-69 back on Nov. 9 at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow will return to TCCAA play, and return home, when it hosts Roane St. on Friday, Dec. 10, with tipoff scheduled for 6pm. Both Motlow squads will then host Walters St. on Saturday, Dec. 11, with tipoff at 2pm.

The Lady Bucks trailed Cleveland St. by only two, 32-30 at halftime Friday night, but Cleveland cranked up its defense in the second half and forced Motlow into 29 turnovers for the game. The Lady Bucks hit only 2-12 three point shots and were out-rebounded 43-34.

Crystal Moore led the scoring for Motlow with 12 points with Katora Fleming adding 11. Paige Malone had a team-high five rebounds and Fleming led the Lady Bucks with three assists.

Saturday in Chattanooga neither team could shoot the ball in the first half, with the home Lady Tigers taking a 24-15 lead into the locker room. Both teams played better after the break but the Lady Bucks inability to connect from behind the three-point line, where they were 0-8 for the game, prevented a comeback.

Fleming led the scoring for the Lady Bucks with 13 points and was joined in double figures by Moore with 11 and Rachel Calfee with 10. Calfee had a team-high four rebounds while Fleming led the way with four assists and eight steals. Her steals total equaled the fifth-best single game total in Lady Bucks' history.

Volunteer St. Shuts Down Lady Bucks Offense

The Motlow Lady Bucks (5-2, 2-1) saw their four-game winning streak end as TCCAA foe Volunteer St. came into Copperweld Arena and beat the Lady Bucks 63-46 on Saturday, Nov. 20.

The Lady Bucks will now take to the road for their only three-game road trip of the season. Motlow visits Cleveland St. on Friday, Dec. 3, then Chattanooga St. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The road trip ends with a visit to Gadsden, AL to face Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Motlow returns home to host Roane St. on Friday, Dec. 10, with tipoff scheduled for 6pm.

Volunteer St. (7-0, 3-0) jumped out front early, leading 8-2 after four minutes and 18-6 after seven minutes. The Lady Pioneers went into the halftime locker room with a comfortable 30-16 lead, then scored the first six points of the second half to extend the lead to 20 points.

Crystal Moore had another outstanding effort for the Lady Bucks, leading the way with 18 points, three steals, and nine rebounds, including hitting 10-10 free throws. Katora Fleming added nine points, while Michelle Harris and Rachel Calfee each pitched in six rebounds. The Lady Bucks were plagued by 24 turnovers.

Lady Bucks Ready to Open Conference Play

The Motlow Lady Bucks (2-1, 0-0) hope to ride the momentum of their home-opening 72-69 win over Gadsden St. into the weekend when they welcome a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association foes to Copperweld Arena.

Jackson St. comes to Moore County on Friday, Nov. 12, with tipoff scheduled for 6pm. Columbia St. will follow on Saturday, Nov. 13, with tipoff at 2pm.

The Lady Chargers from Columbia are 2-1 on the young season, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Wallace St., AL. No results are currently available for Jackson St.

Inside Game Leads Lady Bucks to Victory

The inside duo of sophomore Crystal Moore and freshman Rachel Calfee combined for 24 points in the second half to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a thrilling 72-69 win over Gadsden St. in the regular season home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Copperweld Arena.

With the victory, played before perhaps the largest opening-night crowd in Motlow hoops history, the Lady Bucks (2-1, 0-0) head into conference play this weekend on a winning note. Motlow will host TCCAA rival Jackson St. on Friday, Nov. 12 at 6pm, then turn right around and welcome conference foe Columbia St. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2pm.

The visiting Lady Cardinals of Gadsden St. provided a great test for the Lady Bucks, matching the home team basket for basket from start to finish. The score was tied at 16 with 9:48 remaining in the first half and Motlow went into the intermission with a 30-29 lead.

The Lady Bucks jumped out to an eight-point lead at 43-35 with 14:05 remaining, then watched the visitors climb right back into a 51-51 tie with 6:00 left. At that point Calfee, a freshman from Buckhorn High School in northern Alabama, began to dominate the action inside.

Calfee sank all six of her free throw attempts in the final 20 minutes, keeping the Lady Bucks with a narrow lead as the game wound down, completing the first double-double of her college career by adding 11 rebounds to her 20 total points.

Moore has been the Lady Bucks' most consistent player over the last two years, and she was solid from start to finish in the win over Gadsden, finishing with 23 points and five rebounds.

Unofficially, Callisha Johnson added 12 points, including hitting five of six free throws down the stretch. Jayme Jackson added six points, as did LaDonna Bailey, while Rexchelle Jarman scored four and pulled down four rebounds.

The Lady Bucks were outstanding on the defensive end as well, forcing Gadsden St. into 21 turnovers.

Lady Bucks Fall in Mississippi

The Motlow Lady Bucks suffered their first defeat of the 2010-2011 season on Thursday, Nov. 4, when they traveled to Booneville, MS and dropped a 73-51 decision to the Lady Tigers of Northeast Mississippi.

The Lady Bucks (1-1, 0-0) will now prepare to host their first home game of the young season, welcoming Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30pm at Copperweld Arena. Gadsden is 2-0 on the young season, having beaten Chattanooga St. 68-60 in their opener and West Georgia 70-39 last Wednesday.

Poor shooting eliminated any chance the Lady Bucks had of remaining undefeated as Motlow shot only 24% from the floor, including 0-17 from beyond the three-point line. Northeast pushed a 41-24 lead to 20 with 15 minutes remaining and coasted to their first win of the season.

The Lady Bucks were led in scoring by sophomore Crystal Moore with 12 points and freshman Callisha Johnson with 10. Paige Malone hauled down a team-high seven rebounds while Moore had five steals.

Lady Bucks Hope For Second Road Win

The Motlow Lady Bucks (1-0, 0-0) will look to follow up their season opening win over Bryan College with another road victory when they visit Northeast Mississippi (0-1, 0-0) on Thursday, Nov. 4, in Booneville, MS. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30pm.

The Lady Bucks enjoyed the largest victory margin in school history when they beat Bryan 100-28 on Monday, Nov. 1 in Dayton, TN. Northeast suffered a 104-88 loss to Northwest Shoals, the nation's 30th-ranked team, to open its season Monday night in Muscle Shoals, AL.

Freshman Callisha Johnson led the Lady Bucks in scoring in their opener, dropping in 21 points, including four three pointers. Johnson also added five steals and three assists in her Motlow debut. Sophomore Crystal Moore added 14 points and hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Jayme Johnson led the team with five assists while LaDonna Bailey had a team-high six steals.

The Lady Tigers were led by Erin Strowder with 20 points and Alex Hill with 19 in their opening loss. Ball security was a major issue for the Lady Tigers as they committed 26 turnovers against Northwest Shoals' pressure defense.

New Bryan College JV Coach Debuts Against Motlow

When the Motlow Lady Bucks open the 2010-2011 regular season in Dayton, TN against the Bryan College JV squad they will be facing a rebuilding program featuring first-year head coach Christian Papp.

Papp begins his tenure at Bryan tonight when his Lions varsity squad travels to Tennessee Temple. The JV squad does not play until Motlow visits on Monday, Nov. 1, with tipoff scheduled for 3pm EST. Read more about Bryan College Lions basketball on the school website.

Three TCCAA Teams Ranked in Preseason Poll

Three teams have been established as the preseason favorites in the TCCAA this season following their appearance in the preseason NJCAA Poll.

Walters St. heads the pack at No. 15, followed by Cleveland St. at No. 19 and Volunteer St. at No. 28.

Lady Bucks Seek Improvement as New Season Approaches

Motlow Lady Bucks head women's basketball coach Karen Serra is counting on an influx of talented freshmen to compliment her four returning sophomores as her squad makes preparation for the 2010-2011 season.

The Lady Bucks, who struggled to a 4-21 record last year, will open the new season on the road when they travel to Dayton, TN on Monday, Nov. 1 to face Bryan College. Motlow's home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Gadsden State, with tipoff at 5:30pm at Copperweld Arena.

Serra, sporting a 217-213 record as she enters her 14th season at the helm of the Lady Bucks' program, feels this year's team is capable of returning the program to prominence in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

"The overall chemistry of this year's team is much better than at this time last year," said Serra as her team prepares to begin official practice. "The incoming freshman class is very talented and I think this team will be more passionate about playing the game and will push each other every day to get better. This group seems to be focused on success and is maybe not quite as sensitive as some teams we've had in the past."

Motlow will need to be improved if it hopes to compete against the stiff competition it will face in the TCCAA.

"Our league is always a challenge," continued Serra. "We must be ready each game and there are no easy wins. Walters State will reload and in my opinion will be the toughest team in the Eastern part of the state. In the west Volunteer State will be a formidable opponent. There has been a coaching change at Columbia State and I hear they are loaded."

Follow the Lady Bucks all season here on the Motlow Athletics web site.

Lady Bucks Release 2010-2011 Roster

Motlow Lady Bucks head basketball coach Karen Serra has released her roster for the upcoming 2010-2011 basketball season. The Lady Bucks will open the season on the road with a trip to Bryan College in Dayton, TN on Monday, Nov. 1.

The home opener will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 as Gadsden St. visits Copperweld Arena, with the women's tipoff scheduled for 5:30pm. The remainder of the schedule will be released soon.

The Lady Bucks will return four sophomores from the 2009-10 squad, which finished 4-21 overall and 3-15 in TCCAA play. Coach Serra has added an impressive group of freshmen that will be counted to help lead Motlow back to a winning record as she begins her 14th season as head coach.

Lady Bucks Ready For Tournament

The Motlow Lady Bucks (4-20, 3-15) will try to put a disappointing regular season behind them and begin preparation for the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament following losses in their final two regular season contests over the weekend. The tournament begins later this week in Dyersburg, TN.

The Lady Bucks, riding a season-best two game winning streak, dropped a 77-44 decision to Cleveland St. on Friday, Feb. 26 in Cleveland, TN, then traveled to Chattanooga and lost 76-62 to Chattanooga St. on Saturday, Feb. 27.

LaDonna Bailey and Crystal Moore led the Lady Bucks in scoring in Cleveland with 12 and 10 points respectively. Jane Barnes had eight points and led the squad with nine rebounds.

Barnes had a great game in the loss to Chattanooga St., scoring 14 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Moore was equally impressive as she scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. Bailey narrowly missed a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.