Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Nov. 7, 2016
Trailing after three quarters, the Motlow State Lady Bucks outscored the nation's 12th-ranked team 21-11 in the final stanza and upset Northwest Florida State College 59-52 Friday night on the opponent's home court in Niceville, Fla.
The Lady Bucks (2-1, 0-0), participating in the Quality Inn Classic, played again on Saturday and dropped an 87-71 decision to Pensacola State College. Motlow will host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Columbia State on Friday, Nov. 11, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The next day, conference opponent Jackson State visits Copperweld Arena for a 4 p.m. tip.
LADY BUCKS 59 NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE 52
Northwest Florida, where Lady Bucks Head Coach Bart Walker coached from 2008-2010, took the early lead 17-12 after one quarter and led 30-22 at halftime. Motlow crept closer though and only trailed 41-38 after three quarters. Motlow extended its lead to 11 points, 52-41, with six minutes remaining, but the home team fought back and closed the gap to four with under one minute to play.
In a game highlighted by stellar defense, the Lady Bucks shot 42 percent from the field but held the home team to 35 percent shooting. Motlow connected on 13-22 free throws and hit 4-10 from beyond the three-point line.
Sara Vujacic paced the Lady Bucks with 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals, including hitting 5-6 free throws. After the first week of the regular season, Vujacic is Motlow's leading scorer with an average of 17.7 points per game.
Sydney Floyd added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals, and is averaging 14 points and a team-high three steals through the first three games. Aja Robertson also scored in double figures with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Kienya Jones scored eight points with four rebounds, and Tybriann Jones had six points, three blocked shots, and led the Lady Bucks with nine rebounds. Tamiah Stanford scored five points with four assists and three steals.
PENSACOLA STATE 87 LADY BUCKS 71
Foul trouble and turnovers were the story for Motlow in Saturday's loss. Trailing 45-29 at intermission, the Lady Bucks fought hard to get back in it and played Pensacola even during the second half. However, the deficit was just too much to overcome as Motlow had two players foul out and three more end the game with four fouls. The Lady Bucks committed 36 turnovers and had only two steals.
Floyd led the scoring Saturday with 20 points on 7-12 shooting, including 5-8 three pointers, and added seven rebounds. Vujacic was right behind her with 19 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Ty Jones was once again Motlow's top force on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking three shots to go along with seven points. Robertson again scored 10 and had a pair of rebounds and two assists. Stanford had nine points with three assists, and Kienya Jones added four points and three rebounds.
Friday's home opener against Columbia State will be preceded by a Veterans Day celebration and a tailgate party in front of Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free to Motlow athletic events and the public, alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited.