Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Dec. 5, 2016
The Motlow State Lady Bucks remain tied atop the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings after traveling to southeast Tennessee and sweeping a pair of games over the weekend.
The Lady Bucks (9-2, 5-0) traveled to Chattanooga Friday night and jumped out to a 17-0 lead on their way to a 74-43 win over the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers. On Saturday, the Lady Bucks trailed by a point after one quarter but fought back to earn a 60-51 win over Cleveland State.
Motlow will return home and step outside the TCCAA conference this week. On Wednesday, Gadsden State (Ala.) visits for a 7 p.m. tip in a contest that was originally scheduled for Nov. 29 but was postponed due to inclement weather. Friday, the Lady Bucks will play a rare noon game when the Cumberland University JV visits Copperweld Arena.
LADY BUCKS 74 CHATTANOOGA STATE 43
The Lady Bucks were clicking on all cylinders from the start in Chattanooga Friday night. After jumping out to the big lead, Motlow let the home team climb back to within 13 at 23-10 at the end of one quarter. The second quarter was all Lady Bucks though as they outscored the Lady Tigers 18-7 to take a 41-17 advantage into the intermission.
Thirteen different Lady Bucks got into the scoring column, with Sara Vujacic leading the way with 13 points. The talented freshman also added three rebounds and two blocked shots. Kienya Jones, who has become the team's most consistent player, scored 11 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Sydney Floyd added 10 points, Aja Robertson scored nine with six assists and five rebounds, and Ty Jones had eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Tamiah Stanford added six points, eight assists and three rebounds and Jewel Ledbetter had four points and four rebounds.
LADY BUCKS 60 CLEVELAND STATE 51
After a sluggish start the Lady Bucks trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. However, three-point plays from Vujacic and Floyd keyed a 7-0 run to end the first half and Motlow led 29-20 at intermission.
After the Lady Cougars pulled to with five points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, the Lady Bucks once again went on a run, outscoring the home team 13-5 to lead after three quarters 47-34. Motlow hit its free throws down the stretch, connecting on 17-20 for the game.
Vujacic, who currently stands second in the TCCAA in scoring average, led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and six rebounds, while Floyd scored 13 and added five rebounds and three steals. Ty Jones had eight points and six rebounds and Stanford added seven points and four assists. Robertson continued to shine in her sixth-man role, scoring six points with three steals and two assists.
Motlow State standout Sydney Floyd, a sophomore from Murfreesboro shown from a game earlier this season, helped lead the Lady Bucks to a rare road sweep of Chattanooga State and Cleveland State over the weekend. The Lady Bucks will host Gadsden State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, then host the Cumberland University JV team at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.