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Motlow State Lady Bucks open basketball season with win over Cumberland University JV

Nov. 2, 2016

The Motlow State Lady Bucks opened the 2016-17 basketball season by handing new head coach Bart Walker his first win at the school with a resounding 86-37 triumph over the Cumberland University JV squad on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Lebanon.

The Lady Bucks (1-0, 0-0) will travel to Niceville, Fla., to participate in the Quality Inn Classic this weekend. Motlow will face the nation's No. 12 ranked team, Northwest Florida State College, on their home floor at 5:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, in the same gym, the Lady Bucks play Pensacola State at 1:30 p.m. Motlow's home opener is Friday, Nov. 11, when conference rival Columbia State visits Copperweld Arena at 7:30 p.m.

"Overall I thought the energy on defense was maintained throughout the game," said Walker. "This contest gave our entire team the opportunity to showcase what they can contribute as a whole. Now that we have a real game on film, we have an opportunity to watch it together and correct our mistakes. This coming weekend is a huge challenge for us, but we're excited about the level of competition that we're going to face."

Freshman Sara Vujacic led the Lady Bucks with 19 points on 8-11 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. Sophomore Aja Robertson added 12 points and led the team in rebounding with eight, assists with five and steals with six. Kienya Jones also scored in double figures with 12 points while adding four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

The Lady Bucks had 27 steals as a team while only turning the ball over 11 times. Motlow dished out 22 assists on 36 made baskets, shooting 43 percent from the field and hauling in 49 rebounds.

Tamiah Stanford added 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Sydney Floyd scored nine points with seven rebounds and five steals, Shalyn Washington and Ebony Shaw each had six points, with Shaw adding three rebounds and three steals. Sepe Moore had five points, Taylor Hayes scored three with six rebounds, while Jewel Ledbetter and Lisa Jo Wygal added two points each.