Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Jan. 26, 2017
The Motlow State Lady Bucks bounced back from their first conference loss over the weekend, traveling to Gadsden, Ala., and defeating non-conference opponent Gadsden State 88-62 Tuesday night.
The Lady Bucks (17-3, 8-1), ranked No. 20 in the latest NJCAA poll, maintained their hold on first place in the TCCAA conference despite a 53-51 loss to Dyersburg State in Dyersburg Saturday afternoon. The loss came the day after Motlow went to Memphis and beat Southwest Tennessee 74-69.
Although the Lady Bucks and Walters State each have identical 8-1 conference records, Motlow holds the tiebreaker due to its win over the Lady Senators Jan. 13 at Copperweld Arena. The two teams will play again Feb. 10 in Morristown. Motlow will next travel to Gallatin on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff against Volunteer State.
The next home game for the Lady Bucks is Friday, Feb. 3, when Chattanooga State visits at 5:30 p.m. The following day is homecoming at Motlow, with Cleveland State providing the opposition. Tip off for the women's contest will be 2 p.m.
LADY BUCKS 74 SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE 69
The Lady Bucks had their hands full with the Lady Saluqis Friday night in Memphis, despite a splendid 54 percent shooting night from the field. Motlow led 20-19 after one quarter and the score was tied 32-32 at intermission. Southwest pulled ahead after three quarters 53-52, but the Lady Bucks maintained their poise and hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Point guard Tamiah Stanford had a double-double, scoring 17 points and dishing out 13 assists, barely missing a triple-double as she also pulled down nine rebounds. The 13 assists tied a Motlow school record for the fifth most in a single game. Stanford hit 7-8 free throws as the Lady Bucks shot 81 percent from the charity stripe.
Sydney Floyd led the Lady Bucks with 20 points and added four rebounds, while Sara Vujacic scored 19 and had four rebounds and three steals. Kienya Jones scored 10 with three rebounds and Ty Jones had four points, four boards and four blocked shots. Shalyn Washington added four points and four rebounds.
DYERSBURG STATE 53 LADY BUCKS 51
Motlowâ€™s 10-game winning streak came to an end in Dyersburg on Saturday, but not before the Lady Bucks put up a stiff challenge, Motlow led in the final seconds before the Lady Eagles connected on a long three-point shot at the end.
Floyd led the scoring with 14 points and added five rebounds and Ty Jones had 12 points with five rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists. Stanford scored 11 with eight rebounds and five assists, and Kienya Jones had six points with 15 rebounds and two assists.
LADY BUCKS 88 GADSDEN STATE 62
Motlow's final non-conference game of the year provided a successful opportunity for the Lady Bucks to get the bad taste of the Dyersburg loss out of their system. They took advantage of that opportunity, leading 17-10 after one quarter and 36-28 at the half. The Lady Bucks blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 30-16.
All 13 players on the Motlow roster played, with Floyd leading the scoring with 21 points. Vujacic got back on track with 18 points and Kienya Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Washington and Ebony Shaw each had eight points, Ty Jones scored four with nine rebounds, and Stanford had four points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.