Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Feb. 14, 2017
The No. 16-ranked Motlow State Lady Bucks bounced back from a Friday night defeat at Walters State and beat TCCAA rival Roane State 68-59 Saturday afternoon in Harriman.
The Lady Bucks (21-4, 12-2) will host their final two home games of the season this week. Southwest Tennessee visits on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff, then Dyersburg State comes to Copperweld Arena on Saturday for Sophomore Recognition Day, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. The Lady Bucks will close the regular season with road games at Columbia State and Jackson State.
Motlow is currently second is the TCCAA standings, one game behind defending champion Walters State. The top two seeds earn a first-round bye in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, to be held March 6-10 in Morristown at Walters State.
Neither team shot the ball very well after the first quarter Friday night in Morristown, with Walters State taking a 22-18 lead after 10 minutes and a 35-27 advantage into intermission. Motlow overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and caught the Lady Senators, but couldn't pull ahead as Walters State went on to a 55-48 win.
Sara Vujacic led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and was the team's only double figure scorer. Kienya Jones scored nine with seven rebounds, Tamiah Stanford had eight points and six rebounds, Sydney Floyd scored nine with three rebounds and three steals, and Shalyn Washington had five points and six rebounds.
Motlow played much better in Saturday's win over Roane State. The teams were tied 14-14 after one quarter, but the Lady Bucks led 35-32 at the half and 55-44 after three quarters. Motlow shot 43.6 percent from the floor, including 5-6 three-pointers, and hit 15-20 free throws. The Lady Bucks forced the Lady Raiders into 22 turnovers and dished out 21 assists on 24 made baskets.
Jones was high scorer with 18 points and added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Floyd had 14 points, including hitting 3-4 three pointers, and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Ty Jones scored 12 with five rebounds and Stanford had 10 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.