Women's Basketball 2015-16 Season News

Lady Bucks finish with four straight wins, three earn All-TCCAA honors

Feb. 15, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks finished the 2015-16 basketball regular season with four consecutive victories after beating visiting Volunteer State 68-61 Monday evening at Copperweld Arena. The win came on the heels of Saturdays come-from-behind 76-62 thriller over Jackson State.

The Lady Bucks (11-16, 7-11) will not participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins next week on Volunteer State's campus in Gallatin.

In addition to the strong finish to the season under Interim Head Coach Arthur Latham, the Lady Bucks also had three freshmen players chosen for Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) honors. Ajaycia Cotton and Aja Robertson were named second team all-conference, while Sydney Floyd was chosen to represent Motlow on the first team.

The three were instrumental in Motlow's late-season success, including the final two home wins that closed out the year. Against Jackson State they combined for 37 points, then combined to score 44 in the win over Volunteer.

The Lady Bucks trailed 12-2 after four minutes Saturday against Jackson before going on a 22-3 run to take a 34-26 halftime lead, then stretching that lead to 55-43 after three quarters. Despite missing 10 free throws, Motlow hit 8-17 three pointers and controlled the boards with 49 rebounds.

Floyd had her usual consistent game with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals. Cotton led Motlow's scoring with 14 and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Robertson chipped in 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Lady Bucks also got nine points and six rebounds, plus four blocked shots, from Makayla Liles.

Monday night against Volunteer State the Lady Bucks led by a slim margin for most of the contest, including a 35-29 halftime advantage. Cotton led all scorers with 19 points and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Floyd posted a double-double to end the year with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Taylor Hayes scored 11 points with six rebounds and three assists, and Robertson added nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Floyd ends her season averaging 15.6 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 steals. Cotton averaged 11.1, 3.0, 3.4 and 2.3; and Robertson averaged eight points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.

All three players, along with Liles who set a new school record with 72 blocked shots, Hayes who averaged 7.2 points and four rebounds per game, and Camecia Graham who played extensively, are freshmen and will hopefully return to Motlow for their sophomore seasons.

The College has begun the process of a nationwide search for its next head women's basketball coach.

Lady Bucks rout Columbia State, honor sophomores Saturday

Feb. 18, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks hit nine 3-point shots and featured four double-figure scorers as they routed Columbia State 76-45 Wednesday evening at Copperweld Arena. It was the Lady Bucks' second straight win, coming on the heels of a 69-61 road win over Dyersburg State last weekend.

The Lady Bucks (12-13, 6-10) will honor two sophomores Saturday afternoon prior to hosting Jackson State at 4 p.m. Macy Clements and Erin Layne will each be recognized for their two years as student-athletes wearing the green and gold. The ceremony will be held following the men's contest, which tips off at 2 p.m.

Motlow dominated the action from the opening whistle against the Lady Chargers Wednesday night, leading 18-6 after the first quarter and 40-20 at halftime. The lead was 60-33 after three quarters and the Lady Bucks coasted to their largest victory margin of the season.

Sydney Floyd led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 22 points. Floyd hit four 3-pointers and pulled down six rebounds with two steals. Makayla Liles scored 16 points and had five rebounds and four blocked shots. Aja Robertson added 12 points and Camecia Graham scored 11. Ajaycia Cotton scored eight points and dished out a team-high six assists, and Taylor Hayes scored six points with seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot.

Lady Bucks beat Dyersburg State, end skid behind Sydney Floyd's 25 points

Feb. 15, 2016

Murfreesboro freshman Sydney Floyd scored 25 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Motlow State Lady Bucks to a 69-61 win over Dyersburg State in Dyersburg. The win ended a six-game losing skid for Motlow and came on the heels of an 82-64 loss to Southwest Tennessee Friday night in Memphis.

The Lady Bucks (11-13, 5-10) have three regular season games remaining; all at home. They host Columbia State Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., Jackson State Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., and Volunteer State in a weather makeup game Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Motlow State athletic contests.

Floyd is the Lady Bucks' leading scorer for the season and is third in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association in scoring, averaging 17 points per game. She was on fire Saturday in Dyersburg, connecting on 10-15 shots from the floor and 4-6 three pointers. She added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to her excellent day of work.

Aja Robertson scored 12 points for Motlow, who trailed 31-29 at the half. Rebounding was a key for the Lady Bucks as they out-rebounded the Lady Eagles 43-30. Robertson joined Taylor Hayes in leading Motlow in rebounds with eight. Hayes also added 11 points along with three assists and four steals.

Friday night in Memphis was a much tougher matchup for the Lady Bucks. Southwest Tennessee jumped out to a 40-27 lead at the half and never looked back. The Lady Saluqis out-rebounded Motlow 49-26 and held the Lady Bucks to 37 percent shooting from the field. One bright spot for the Lady Bucks was that they connected on 24-30 free throws, one of their best nights of the season at the charity stripe.

Ajaycia Cotton led Motlow's scoring with 17 points while adding three assists and three steals. Floyd had 13 points, Makayla Liles scored 11 to go along with five rebounds, and Hayes added 10 points and five boards. Macy Clements led the Lady Bucks in rebounding with nine.

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Sydney Floyd
Murfreesboro freshman Sydney Floyd, shown in a game earlier this season at Copperweld Arena, scored 25 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Motlow State Lady Bucks to a 69-61 win over Dyersburg State. Floyd is currently third in the state in scoring average, putting in 17 points per game. Motlow will host Columbia State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks hit the road after difficult home weekend

Feb. 8, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will try to put an end to a five-game losing streak when they travel to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Southwest Tennessee Wednesday, evening.

Motlow (10-12, 4-9) saw its position slip in the conference standings when it hosted and fell to two of the top teams in the TCCAA over the weekend. Undefeated and nationally-ranked Walters State handed the Lady Bucks an 87-42 loss on Friday, followed by a 77-64 defeat at the hands of Roane State on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks will follow their trip to Southwest Tennessee with a trip to Dyersburg State on Saturday, Feb. 13, then finish the season with three consecutive home games. Saturday, Feb. 20 is sophomore recognition day and Monday, Feb. 22, Motlow will make up its game with Volunteer State that was postponed Jan. 25 due to inclement weather.

Against Walters State the Lady Bucks hung tough for a half, trailing the powerful Lady Senators only 34-20. However, the visitors' superior depth eventually wore down the home team and Walters extended its lead significantly in the final minutes.

Aja Robertson was the lone double-digit scorer for Motlow as she garnered 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Sydney Floyd also had seven rebounds along with nine points. Taylor Hayes dished out four assists and had three steals, both team highs.

Motlow was much more competitive on Saturday against Roane State, trailing only 25-20 at intermission. Once again it was the third quarter that doomed the Lady Bucks as the Lady Raiders won that 10 minute stretch 32-13. Motlow ended the game on a high note though, scoring 31 points in the final quarter.

Floyd and Ajaycia Cotton led the Lady Bucks with 16 points each, with Floyd pulling down seven rebounds and Cotton dishing out five assists, both team highs. Jasmine Rhodes recorded the first double-double of her career, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots.

Hayes added eight points and three rebounds and Robertson scored six points with five rebounds and two assists.

Lady Bucks hosting Walters, Roane State this weekend

Feb. 2, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will face a big challenge this weekend when they welcome the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association's (TCCAA) top two teams to Copperweld Arena.

Motlow (10-9, 4-7) is hoping to recover from last weekend, when they traveled to southeast Tennessee and dropped a pair of conference games. The Lady Bucks fell to Chattanooga State 76-66 last Friday, then dropped a 75-57 decision to Cleveland State Saturday. Motlow steps outside the conference tonight with a trip to Milligan College in Milligan, TN.

This coming weekend the competition only gets more difficult. On Friday, the Walters State Lady Senators (22-0, 11-0) come to town, ranked No. 11 in the nation and sitting at the top of the TCCAA standings. Saturday is Homecoming at Motlow with Roane State (15-7, 10-1) as the opposition. The Lady Raiders are in second place in the TCCAA. Friday's Lady Bucks' game tips at approximately 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday the women start at 4 p.m.

Against Chattanooga State the Lady Bucks started strong, leading 12-7 at the end of the first quarter and 34-20 at the half. However, fouls began to pile up for Motlow in the second half, and the home team ended up connecting on 29-38 free throws while the Lady Bucks only shot 15 and made seven.

Ajaycia Cotton led Motlow with 15 points, Sydney Floyd scored 13, Taylor Hayes had 11 and Aja Robertson scored 10.

On Saturday in Cleveland the Lady Bucks trailed only 31-26 at halftime before once again free throws began to lean heavily toward the home team. The Lady Cougars hit 22-29 from the charity stripe, while Motlow connected on 12-17. Floyd led the Lady Bucks with 18 points, Robertson had 12, Cotton scored 11 and Makayla Liles added 10.

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Lady Bucks host Volunteer State with chance to climb in conference standings

Jan. 21, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will be looking to continue their climb up the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they host rival Volunteer State Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m., or 20 minutes following the conclusion of the men's contest.

The Lady Bucks (9-7, 4-5) are scheduled to host non-conference opponent Gadsden State tonight at 5:30 p.m. after winning their previous two contests. Motlow beat TCCAA foe Dyersburg State 73-56 last Saturday and followed that up with a 73-48 defeat of the Bryan College JV team on Tuesday.

The Lady Pioneers (1-12, 1-8) have struggled this season despite being the top shooting team in the conference. Volunteer State is coming off losses to both Southwest Tennessee and Dyersburg State.

Sydney Floyd is averaging 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, leading the Lady Bucks in both categories. She increased those averages against Bryan College, collecting a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. She also had seven steals, a season high for the Lady Bucks, and added three assists.

Makayla Liles, who led the Lady Bucks with 20 points against Dyersburg State, added 10 points in the win over Bryan, along with four rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Liles now has 40 blocked shots on the season, the third most in school history.

Jasmine Rhodes came off the bench and scored nine points with 10 rebounds and four assists for the Lady Bucks, while Aja Robertson and Erin Layne had eight points each. Macy Clements scored six points with seven rebounds and Camecia Graham had six points and four boards.

Lady Bucks split weekend games under Coach Art Latham

Jan. 19, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks handed Interim Head Coach Art Latham his first head coaching victory when they beat Dyersburg State 73-56 Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. The win followed a disappointing 63-60 loss to Southwest Tennessee Friday night.

The Lady Bucks (8-7, 4-5) will host the Bryan College JV squad on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., then non-conference opponent Gadsden State on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Motlow returns to conference action when it hosts Volunteer State on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.

The Lady Bucks fell behind Dyersburg 19-16 after one quarter, but Ajaycia Cotton heated up and hit a pair of three pointers to help Motlow take a 38-36 halftime advantage. The Lady Bucks consistently increased their lead, pulling away from the Lady Eagles in the second half.

Makayla Liles led Motlow in scoring with 20 points, while Sydney Floyd scored 17 points and had 16 rebounds. Aja Robertson added 14 points, Cotton finished with 10, Camecia Graham scored eight and Jasmine Rhodes added four.

Friday night after trailing Southwest Tennessee 36-26 at halftime, the Lady Bucks stormed back in the third quarter to take a 51-47 lead, only to see it slip away in the final minutes. Floyd scored 15 points with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. Taylor Hayes also scored 15 points.

Liles added 10 points and seven rebounds for Motlow, and both Robertson and Cotton each scored nine.

Bucks, Lady Bucks host Southwest TN Friday and Dyersburg State Saturday

Jan. 13, 2016

Almost two months removed from their last conference game, the Motlow Bucks and Lady Bucks will return to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when they host a pair of games both Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (14-3, 6-1) tuned up for their weekend with a resounding 116-43 win over visiting Martin Methodist College JV Monday night. The Lady Bucks' scheduled contest against MMC was cancelled due to the visitor's lack of JV players.

Southwest Tennessee is the opponent Friday night, with the men tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the women's game following at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Saluqis (14-3, 6-1) are ranked No. 27 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll and are tied with the Bucks for first place in the TCCAA standings. Southwest Tennessee is coached by former Motlow coach and athletic director Jerry Nichols.

The Lady Bucks (7-6, 3-4) will host the Lady Saluqis (7-9, 3-3) in Friday's second contest. Both teams are battling to finish as one of the top four teams in the conference, which would earn them a first-round bye in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament scheduled for March 1-6 in Gallatin.

Saturday the Bucks and Lady Bucks will host Dyersburg State, with the men scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. and the women at 4 p.m. Both games Saturday will be broadcast live on Tullahoma sports radio The Ticket.

The Bucks were never challenged by the visiting Red Hawks Monday night behind Jaylen Barford's triple-double. The sensational sophomore from Jackson increased his nation-leading scoring average to 28.1 points per game by dropping in 33 points along with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Joining Barford in double figures for Motlow was Darius Joell with 16 points, JaQualis Matlock and Axel Magnuson with 12 each, and Reid Pierce with 11. Jade Patrick, Stephaun Adams and Jared Pearson each added nine points and Anton Cowherd scored five.

Patrick and Pierce pulled down seven rebounds each while Joell, Magnuson and Cowherd had six. Ryan Jones and Matlock had six assists each and Adams dished out five assists and led the team with four steals.

Motlow connected on a blistering 60 percent of its shots from the field, including 12-27 three-pointers. The Bucks hit 12-16 free throws, pulled down 56 rebounds, and showed their unselfishness by accumulating 32 assists on 46 made baskets.

Dominic Tharpe resigns as Motlow women's basketball coach, Art Latham named interim head coach

Jan. 11, 2016

Dominic Tharpe has submitted his resignation as head coach of the Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks' basketball program, effectively immediately, according to Motlow Athletic Director Laura Monks.

Motlow men's assistant coach Arthur Latham has been named interim head coach of the Lady Bucks. Tharpe will continue in his position as Retention Transfer Specialist at the College.

"Coach Tharpe has lead the team to a winning season. His heart and dedication to the team will be greatly missed. We are excited for the opportunity for Coach Latham to take this team to the next level."

The Lady Bucks' scheduled contest tonight against Martin Methodist College JV team has been cancelled. The Bucks will play Martin Methodist as scheduled tonight at Copperweld Arena, with tipoff at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Bucks will join the Bucks in hosting Southwest Tennessee Friday night, with the men scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Bucks look to build on strong start as basketball season begins second half

Jan. 4, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to build on one of the program's best starts to a season in recent memory when they open the second half of the basketball campaign by hosting the Martin Methodist College JV squad on Monday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

Jaycie Cotton
Freshman Ajaycia Cotton has exceled in her role as 'sixth man' for the Lady Bucks, averaging 11 points per game and leading the team in assists. Jeff Reed Photography.
The Lady Bucks (7-6, 3-4) have brought a renewed excitement to the program with an influx of new talent and a more dynamic, exciting style of play. After rebuilding his roster from scratch, Tharpe has guided the program to the point where it can compete for the upper half of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings.

Motlow will have an early opportunity to open the second half of conference play with a strong statement when Southwest Tennessee comes to Copperweld Arena on Friday, Jan. 15. The Lady Bucks and Lady Saluqis are tied, along with Chattanooga State, for fourth place in the TCCAA standings. Motlow will turn around and host Dyersburg State, who sits just one game behind the Lady Bucks, on Saturday.

The Lady Bucks have been led in scoring by a pair of talented freshmen. Sydney Floyd has perhaps been the team's most consistent player, averaging 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, one assist and almost three steals per game. Ajaycia Cotton has taken on the role of 'sixth man' very well, averaging 11 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per contest.

Shakala Griffin joins Floyd in averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, but four other players average over four boards per outing. The team's balance is further evidenced by the fact that three other players besides Floyd and Cotton average over six points per game, including Taylor Hayes, Aja Robertson and Griffin.

Monday's game against Martin Methodist begins a six-game home stand for the Lady Bucks that will end when Volunteer State comes to Copperweld Arena on Jan. 23. Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, with Roane State as the opposition. The final home game of the regular season is Saturday, Feb. 20, when Jackson State comes to Moore County.

One important note for Lady Bucks' fans during the second half of the season is the new starting time for conference games. Traditionally, the women have always played first; but that will change beginning with the Martin Methodist visit, although it is not a TCCAA tilt. For the remainder of the season the men will play first during conference dates. For example, on Jan. 15, the men play at 5:30 p.m. and the women follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 16, the men will play Dyersburg at 2 p.m. with the women following at 4 p.m.

Lady Bucks let one get away but still in good standing heading into holiday break

Dec. 9, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks let a 13-point halftime lead slip away Saturday afternoon at Roane State, allowing the Lady Raiders to steal a 67-62 win, but the Lady Buck program is still in much better position heading into the holiday break than at any time in the previous four years.

Sydney Floyd
Murfreesboro freshman Sydney Floyd has enjoyed an outstanding start to her basketball career at Motlow, leading the Lady Bucks in scoring, rebounding and steals. Jeff Reed Photography.
The Lady Bucks (7-6, 3-4) have already equaled last season's win total and are sitting above .500 heading into the holidays for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. Motlow will not play again until Monday, Jan. 11, when they host the Martin Methodist College JV team at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

The loss to Roane St. came a day after Motlow dropped a 91-41 decision to Walters St. (12-0, 7-0), currently ranked No. 12 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The annual road trip to Morristown and Harriman has traditionally been the most difficult conference weekend for the Motlow women's program.

Friday night in Morristown the talented Lady Senators had their way from the beginning, leading 43-13 at halftime. Walters St. outrebounded Motlow 54-13, but the Lady Bucks forced the home team into 21 turnovers.

Aja Robertson led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 11 points and also had three steals. Ajaycia Cotton scored six points, Sydney Floyd five, Shakala Griffin five, Taylor Hayes five, Alize Perry four, MeKhaela Witherspoon two, Makayla Liles two, and Jasmine Rhodes one.

Saturday's matchup against Roane St. (7-5, 6-1) saw the Lady Bucks jump out to an impressive start, leading 15-4 after the first quarter and 32-19 at halftime. However, the Lady Raiders applied heavy defensive pressure in the third quarter and outscored Motlow 25-11 to take a one-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes, where they held a 23-19 advantage.

Cotton led the Motlow scoring with 13 points, while Rhodes had 12 and Robertson added 10. Griffin led the Lady Bucks in rebounding with six and Floyd led the Motlow defense, which forced 28 Roane St. turnovers, with four steals.

Heading into the break, Floyd leads the Lady Bucks in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game while Cotton averages 11. Floyd is tied for the team lead in rebounding along with Griffin at a 5.5 per game average. Cotton has dished out 2.8 assists per game while Floyd and Cotton have combined for over five steals per contest.

Four score ten or more as Lady Bucks beat NE Mississippi

Nov. 25, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks continued to use the balanced scoring formula successfully Tuesday night when they hosted and beat the Northeast Mississippi Lady Tigers 72-62 at Copperweld Arena. Motlow had four players score in double figures.

The Lady Bucks (6-4, 3-2) will take a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday before resuming play on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a trip to Pulaski and a contest against non-conference Martin Methodist College JV. Motlow doesn't play another home game until Jan. 11, 2016.

The home team rode an early 3-pointer by Camecia Graham and a pair of buckets from Shakala Griffin to stake a 15-11 lead after one quarter. The Lady Bucks extended that lead to 31-22 at halftime, then blew the game open 51-36 after three quarters.

After the Lady Bucks stretched the lead to 23 points with seven minutes left to play, the visitors took advantage of Motlow turnovers to pull within 10 on the final scoreboard. The visitors won the rebounding battle 45-38 and each team had 16 steals.

Sydney Floyd led Motlow with 12 points while adding three assists and five steals. Aja Robertson, Makayla Liles and Shakala Griffin each scored 10 points. Liles added four rebounds and two blocked shots, and Griffin pulled down eight boards.

Ajaycia Cotton scored eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals; Alize Perry scored six, Jasmine Rhodes had five points, four rebounds and three steals; Jalyn Brooks and Taylor Hayes each had four points and Camecia Graham had three.

Balanced scoring, strong rebounding carry Lady Bucks past Chattanooga State

Nov. 23, 2015

Five Lady Bucks scored 10 or more points and Motlow won the rebounding battle 56-27 as the Lady Bucks beat Chattanooga St. 77-60 Friday night at Copperweld Arena.

Taylor Hayes
Freshman guard Taylor Hayes drives to the basket during the Lady Bucks' win over Chattanooga St. Friday. Hayes scored 12 points and added eight rebounds. Jeff Reed Photography.
The win was part of a weekend Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) split for the Lady Bucks, with Cleveland State ending Motlow's three-game conference winning streak with a 58-44 defeat on Saturday. Motlow will step outside the TCCAA and host Northeast Mississippi on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The game can be heard on sports radio The Ticket.

Motlow trailed only once, 13-12, with 1:20 to play in the first quarter in Friday's win over the Lady Tigers. After the early deficit, the Lady Bucks went on a 15-3 run and were never threatened again, leading at halftime 41-28 and after the third quarter 60-47.

Sydney Floyd led Motlow with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Makayla Liles had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, Taylor Hayes scored 12 with eight rebounds, MeKhaela Witherspoon had 12 points and seven boards, and Ajaycia Cotton added 10 points with five rebounds, five steals and two assists.

Four other Lady Bucks scored during the game, with Camecia Graham and Jasmine Rhodes each adding four points, Shakala Griffin scoring three, and Jalyn Brooks two.

Saturday's loss against Cleveland St., who sits at the top of the TCCAA standings, saw Motlow leading 11-10 near the end of the first quarter before the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Bucks 14-5 to end the first half.

Trailing 24-16 at intermission, the Lady Bucks couldn't find their shooting touch in the third quarter as the visitors extended their lead to 45-29. Cleveland St. won the rebounding battle 48-30 and forced Motlow into 21 turnovers while holding the Lady Bucks to a 25 percent shooting night.

Cotton led the scoring for Motlow with eight points, Hayes and Liles had seven, Griffin scored five, Aja Robertson, Floyd and Jasmine Rhodes each scored four, Brooks had three, and Alize Perry scored two. Rhodes led Motlow’s rebounding effort with eight.

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Lady Bucks prepare to welcome TCCAA rivals to Copperweld Arena this weekend

Aug. 4, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks will turn the page quickly following a non-conference loss Tuesday night as they prepare to welcome a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals this weekend to Copperweld Arena.

Sydney Floyd
The Lady Bucks (4-3, 2-1) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end when they dropped a 77-67 home decision to non-conference opponent Snead St. Tuesday night. Motlow will welcome Chattanooga St. Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., then welcome Cleveland St. to Lynchburg Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on sports radio The Ticket.

Motlow started the game on a 10-0 run against Snead St. behind a pair of early three-pointers from Sydney Floyd, who led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 22 points. However, the visitors went on a 10-0 run themselves and tied the score 13-13 with 2:22 left in the first quarter, which ended in a 17-17 tie.

The last lead for the Lady Bucks came with eight minutes remaining in the first half at 20-19. Snead St. ended the half on a 17-10 run and led 36-30 heading into intermission. Floyd had 15 first half points. The closest the Lady Bucks could get in the second half was trailing 44-42 with 5:10 left in the third quarter, which ended with the visitors on top 55-50.

Taylor Hayes joined Floyd in double figures for Motlow with 10 points, all coming in the second half. MeKhaela Witherspoon added nine with seven rebounds, Ajaycia Cotton and Aja Robertson each scored eight, and Makayla Liles and Jalyn Brooks had three points each.

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Lady Bucks stretch winning streak to four with overtime win over Volunteer State

Nov. 16, 2015

Freshman Ajaycia Cotton scored 21 points Friday night and 26 more Saturday to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a pair of wins over the weekend and extend their winning streak to four consecutive games.

The Lady Bucks (4-2, 2-1) stepped outside of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play Friday night as they traveled to Gadsden, Ala., and beat Gadsden St. 86-85. Saturday, Motlow jumped back into conference play with a 73-71 overtime win over Volunteer St. in Gallatin.

Motlow will host non-conference opponent Snead St. Tuesday night, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Copperweld Arena, then host league rivals Chattanooga St. Friday night and Cleveland St. Saturday afternoon.

In Gadsden Friday night, the Lady Bucks overcame a 41-33 halftime deficit behind Cotton and Jalyn Brooks, who added 14 points. Cotton had a superb all-around game with five rebounds, five assists and three steals to go along with her 21 points. Brooks added three rebounds and four assists.

Shakala Griffin scored 10 points with 10 rebounds for Motlow, who pulled down 59 rebounds during the game. Makayla Liles had eight points and eight boards, Floyd scored seven and added six rebounds, Jasmine Rhodes had six points with eight rebounds, and MeKhaela Witherspoon had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals along with two points.

Saturday in Gallatin the Lady Bucks started slowly, trailing 16-2 after one quarter. However, over the next 20 minutes the Lady Bucks outscored the Lady Pioneers 43-29 to force a 45-45 tie after three quarters. At the end of regulation the score was tied at 63-63 before the Lady Bucks won the overtime period 10-8.

Cotton and Floyd combined for 50 points for Motlow, and Floyd completed a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds. Witherspoon also had 10 boards to go along with eight points. Cotton had five steals and three assists, and Brooks added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Liles, Floyd lead Lady Bucks in second half comeback win over No. 24 Wallace State

Nov. 12, 2015

Freshmen Makayla Liles and Sydney Floyd combined for 14 fourth-quarter points to help the Motlow Lady Bucks come back from a five-point halftime deficit and beat visiting nationally-ranked Wallace St. 60-54 Wednesday night at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (2-2, 1-1) will continue outside conference play when they travel to Gadsden, Ala., to face Gadsden St. on Friday, Nov. 13. The Motlow women will then join the Motlow Bucks for a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contests against Volunteer St. on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Gallatin.

The significance of the victory was not lost on second-year head coach Dominic Tharpe. "Wednesday night was a signature win for this program, beating the No. 24 team in the country," he said. "The environment inside Nisbett Center with a packed crowd contributed greatly to the intensity and energy that our team played with. I was pleased with how we shared the ball on offense and with our effort on the defensive side."

Motlow started strong Wednesday night, jumping out to a 16-10 first quarter lead as Liles had five early points and Jasmine Rhodes hit a three-pointer. MeKhaela Witherspoon had four points in the opening 10 minutes and pulled down a pair of big rebounds.

With the Lady Bucks leading 20-13, the visiting Lady Lions went on an 18-6 run to close the second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime leading 31-26. Floyd kept Motlow close with five second-quarter points, including her only three-pointer.

Aja Robertson and Rhodes combined for eight third-quarter points as Motlow, after trailing 36-28 with 6:40 to play in the quarter, went on a 14-4 run to lead 42-40 heading into the final 10 minutes, when Liles and Floyd took over.

After the two teams were tied 50-50 with 3:50 remaining on the game clock, the Lady Bucks stormed to a 59-50 advantage before holding off the visitors and securing one of the program's most significant wins over the past five seasons.

Liles added five rebounds to her 17 points, while Floyd pulled down six boards and had two steals to go along with 11 points. Taylor Hayes scored seven, with four rebounds and three assists. Rhodes also had seven points, while Ajaycia Cotton scored five points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Robertson had six rebounds and scored four points, and Shakala Griffin scored three with five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. All stats are unofficial.

Lady Bucks beat Jackson State, host Wallace State in home opener Wednesday

Nov. 9, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks evened their conference record and captured their first win of the season when they traveled to Jackson and beat Jackson State 82-71 Saturday afternoon. The win helped ease the sting of a 75-68 loss to Columbia State Friday night in Columbia.

The Lady Bucks (1-2, 1-1) will step back outside the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) and open their home schedule when they host Wallace State from Hanceville, Ala., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Copperweld Arena. Wallace State was ranked No. 24 in the national preseason poll but has opened its season with two consecutive losses. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well Saturday afternoon in Jackson, with Motlow connecting on 39 percent of its shot attempts and Jackson hitting just 34 percent. Rebounding was the difference as the Lady Bucks controlled the boards 46-27.

Shakala Griffin came off the bench to lead Motlow in scoring with 18 points along with five rebounds. Sydney Floyd, who averages 16.3 points per game to lead her team after three games, dropped in 17 points and added six rebounds and three steals. Makayla Liles scored 10, Taylor Hayes added nine, MeKhaela Witherspoon scored eight, Jasmine Rhodes had four, and Aja Robertson added two.

Hayes led the rebounding list for Motlow with 11 boards against Jackson State, and is the team rebounding leader in the early season averaging 7.7 per game. Jalyn Brooks dished out a team-high six assists while Alaycia Cotton had five.

Friday night in Columbia the Lady Bucks fought valiantly, leading much of the way, before the home team overcame Motlow in the final minutes. The Lady Bucks led 36-31 at halftime and 54-48 after three quarters. After the score was tied 64-64 with 2:15 left to play, the Lady Chargers outscored the Lady Bucks 11-4 the rest of the way.

Floyd led Motlow in scoring with 21 points and in rebounding with eight. Robertson and Hayes each had eight points along with six and seven rebounds, respectively. Brooks led the way with four assists, while Griffin and Floyd each had three steals.

Motlow Lady Bucks open basketball season Nov. 2 at Snead State

Oct. 22, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks will open their second season under Head Coach Dominic Tharpe when they travel to Boaz, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Snead State on Monday, Nov. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Bucks began practice Oct. 1, and have had scrimmage dates in Albany, Ga. and Chattanooga during the preseason. The contest against Snead State is the only non-conference game scheduled before Motlow jumps into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on Friday, Nov. 6, with a 5:30 p.m. contest at Columbia State.

Motlow will open its home slate on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when it hosts Wallace State at Copperweld Arena. Tipoff for the women's contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Macy Clements, a sophomore from Woodbury, is the only returning player from Motlow's 7-20 campaign a year ago. Makayla Liles, a 6-3 freshman from Killen, Ala., was listed among the top freshmen in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Jalyn Brooks, a 5-7 guard from Murfreesboro, was included among the top transfers in the country. She played her first season at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

The upcoming season will be the 42nd year for Lady Bucks' basketball. The program's first year was the 1974-75 season under Head Coach Pat Sarver. Tharpe is the 11th head coach in school history and is working hard to reestablish a program that has had four head coaches in the past six seasons.

Motlow's first TCCAA home game will be Friday, Nov. 20, when Chattanooga State visits for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. The following day fellow conference member Cleveland State will face the Lady Bucks at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge to Motlow College athletic contests.

2015-16 Motlow Lady Bucks
2015-16 Motlow Bucks - front row, from left: Jasmine Rhodes, Memphis; Shakala Griffin, Antioch; Macy Clements, Woodbury; Jalyn Brooks, Murfreesboro; Sydney Floyd, Murfreesboro; Taylor Hayes, Memphis; and Camecia Graham, Nashville. Back row from left: Ajaycia Cotton, Manchester, Ky.; Kimbrea Williams, Decatur, Ala.; Alize Perry, Madison, Ala.; Aja Robertson, Bells, Tenn.; MeKhaela Witherspoon, Warner Robins, Ga.; Makayla Liles, Killen, Ala.; and Deana Williams, Detroit, Mich. Motlow College Photo.

Tharpe begins second season with revamped Motlow Lady Bucks' basketball roster

Oct. 6, 2015

Heading into his second season as the head coach of the Motlow Lady Bucks, Dominic Tharpe knew he had to hit the recruiting trail and upgrade the talent level on his roster in the wake of a seven-win first season. On paper it appears he has succeeded, although the proof will come when the Lady Bucks take the floor in November.

Macy Clements
Cannon County alum Macy Clements (23), who originally came to Motlow to play softball, is the lone returning sophomore on the Lady Bucks' basketball roster. Motlow College photo.
The program is in search of its first winning season since 2008-09, and Tharpe has cast his recruiting net far and wide in search of top talent. The fact that only one player from last year's team returns is proof that he is not hesitant to make whatever changes he feels are necessary to accomplish a winning season.

"I felt we had to make some necessary changes to our roster in order to move forward with the direction of the program," said Tharpe.

Woodbury's Macy Clements is the lone returning sophomore after she joined the roster at the holiday break last season. Clements, who was recruited to play softball at Motlow, provided a spark that caught Tharpe's eye. She is aggressive and has a knack for being around the basketball.

"Macy has been one of the toughest competitors to step on the floor since she joined us after the first semester last year," continued Tharpe. "Day in and day out, she brings her hard hat to practice to get better."

A pair of sophomore transfers will be counted on to provide leadership for Tharpe. Jalyn Brooks spent a year at Morehead State University after playing her prep career at Lancaster Christian Academy in Murfreesboro. Deana Williams transfers to Motlow after a season at South Georgia Tech. Williams is a sophomore from Detroit.

"I am excited to see what these two players will bring to our team," added Tharpe. "Brooks is one of the hardest working guards that I have seen since coming to Motlow. Her tenacity on defense will be hard to handle this season. Deana brings her national tournament experience from South Georgia Tech, along with her post skill to our program to help us re-establish a post presence after the graduation of our sophomores last year."

A dozen freshmen join the three sophomores as the Lady Bucks open Motlow's 42nd year of playing women's basketball on Nov. 2, with a trip to Snead, Ala., to face Snead State. The first home game is Wednesday, Nov. 11, when Wallace State comes to Copperweld Arena with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The newcomers, along with their hometowns and the high school they attended, are: Alize Perry, Madison, Ala., Columbia; Makayla Liles, Killen, Ala., Lauderdale County; Shakala Griffin, Antioch, Tenn., Cane Ridge; Taylor Hayes, Memphis, White Station; Camecia Graham, Nashville, John Overton; Aja Robertson, Bells, Tenn., Crockett County.

Jasmine Rhodes, Memphis, Whitehaven; Ajaycia Cotton, Manchester, Ky., Clay County; Sydney Floyd, Murfreesboro, Stewarts Creek; Carlee Wilson, Burns, Tenn., Dickson County, and MeKhaela Witherspoon, Warner Robins, Ga., Northside.

"We have a very talented group of freshmen who will have a chance to make an immediate impact in our program this year," Tharpe continued.

Former Motlow men's assistant coach Robert Hayes has moved to the women's side and will assist Tharpe this season. Hayes has now been at Motlow for five seasons, and he brings the experience of being part of the men's 2012-13 state championship team.

"It has been a blessing for our team to have Coach Hayes come aboard," Tharpe added. "He is a great communicator and an even better basketball mind when it comes to coaching."

Also assisting is Zack Banks, a former player at Blackman who was an assistant coach as the Blaze won the state championship last season under head coach Chad Hibdon. Banks also has experience coaching AAU basketball and is a member of Inside Exposure scouting.

"Coach Banks has been a part of great basketball programs that have been successful over the past few years," said Tharpe. "He has served under some great coaches both in AAU and on the high school level. He has done an exceptional job so far and I know that he has made our team better by sharing his knowledge of the game."

Motlow Lady Bucks release 2015-16 basketball schedule

Sept. 21, 2015

The Motlow Lady Bucks will open the 2015-16 basketball season, their second under Head Coach Dominic Tharpe, with a trip to Snead, Ala., to face non-conference opponent Snead State on Monday, Nov. 2.

Motlow Bucks 2015-16 Basketball Schedule (pdf)

The regular season opener follows a pair of scrimmage dates, beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, with a trip to Albany, Ga., for the Southeast Juco Jamboree. The second scrimmage date is the following Saturday, when the Lady Buck will play at the A.J. Kilvey Jamboree in Chattanooga.

"The scrimmages that we have for our preseason will be great tests to see how the team has bonded together over the last few weeks," said Tharpe.

The Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference schedule begins on Nov. 6, with a trip to Columbia State. The home portion of Motlow's schedule begins on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when the Lady Bucks welcome Wallace State at 5:30 p.m.

The schedule includes 29 total games, with 15 inside Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus and 14 on the road. Outside of the 18 TCCAA contests, the Lady Bucks will play home-and-home series with Snead State and Gadsden State from Alabama, and junior varsity teams from Martin Methodist College and Bryan College.

"The schedule that we have this year presents many challenges that will allow our athletes the opportunity to grow as a team during certain home/away stretches," added Tharpe. "I feel confident that we will come together as a team and compete each and every night we are on the floor."

The schedule includes two home stands; one the week of Nov. 17-24 with four games scheduled, and the other Jan. 11-23 when six games are slated to be played at Copperweld. The longest road trip is four games from Jan. 25-Feb. 2.

"The home stands will be a great opportunity to see competitive women's basketball against conference and non-conference opponents," Tharpe concluded.

As part of the new TCCAA scheduling mandate, the Lady Bucks will play a number of games in January and February at new times. For example, the Friday, Jan. 15, home game against Southwest Tennessee finds the Lady Bucks playing at 7:30 p.m.; after the men's game. The following day with Dyersburg State at Copperweld Arena, the Bucks will lead things off at 2 p.m. with the women's game following at 4 p.m.

The regular season ends on Saturday, Feb. 20, when Motlow hosts Jackson State. The TCCAA tournament begins March 1 at Volunteer State in Gallatin. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament begins March 14 in Salina, Kan.

Motlow College hosts hoop hopefuls at Basketball Skills Clinic

July 1, 2015

Motlow College women's basketball head coach Dominic Tharpe recently held a pair of basketball skills clinics at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. Participants were taught multiple aspects of the game, including ball handling, shooting, rebounding, teamwork and defense. Tharpe will assemble his second Lady Bucks squad when fall 2015 classes begin at Motlow in late August. Motlow College photo.

Dickson County's Carlee Wilson signs to play Basketball at Motlow College

June 4, 2015
After helping lead her Dickson County High School basketball team to a school record 32 wins and a berth in the state tournament last season, Carlee Wilson will continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow College.

Carlee Wilson
Dickson County High School's Carlee Wilson will continue as a student-athlete at Motlow College. Front from left: Ted Waychoff (grandfather), Clay Wilson (father), Carlee Wilson, Cherie Wilson (mother) and Marla Waychoff (grandmother). Back: Henry Hamilton (DC assistant coach), Kelly Stevenson (DC assistant coach), Dominic Tharpe (Motlow head coach), Eve Hamilton (DC head coach), Kelsey Mullinicks and Jay Powlas (DC co-athletic directors). Photo by John Bailey/Dickson Herald.
The 5-10 Wilson was a key ingredient for the Lady Cougars during their outstanding 2014-15 campaign that saw them finish 32-3 overall and win the District 11-AAA and Region 6-AAA tournament championships. After advancing to the state tournament in Murfreesboro for the first time in 17 years, Dickson County dropped its tournament opener 57-49 to Bearden.

The daughter of Cherie and Clay Wilson of Dickson, Carlee plans to become a veterinarian and chose Motlow for its academic offerings as well as the opportunity to play for the Lady Bucks.

Wilson excels shooting from mid-range as well as from behind the three-point line. She played in all 35 games for the Lady Cougars, averaging 6.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per contest and blocking 15 shots.

Sherrod signs with Motlow

May 6, 2015
By John McWilliams, Sports Writer - TimesDaily.com

FLORENCE - Alexis Sherrod will continue her basketball career at Motlow State Community College next season.

Sherrod tallied 15.2 points, 4.3 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game to help Florence host the Class 6A, Area 16 tournament. She plans to build on those numbers at Motlow State, where she will play guard.

Alexis Sherrod signs with Motlow
"I really enjoyed the environment and the teammates, and they made me feel at home, and I feel like I fit in there," Sherrod said. "I just wanted to play basketball, period. I honestly didn't care where I was. I just wanted to play and they made me feel at home."

Sherrod, who plans to major in sports management, said she wants to prove her worth on the court and hopes to take her basketball abilities even further.

"I just want to get better and get exposure and hopefully get to go to the next level," Sherrod said. "People think that just because you're JUCO you can't achieve your goals. I want to prove to them that you can do what you want with your life."

Lady Bucks end season in opening round of TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

March 4, 2015

The 2014-15 basketball season came to a swift end for the Motlow Lady Bucks Tuesday when they dropped a 71-65 decision to Roane State in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

The Lady Bucks (7-20) were the No. 9 seed entering the tournament, matching them with the No. 8 seeded Lady Raiders. Roane State had originally finished second in the conference but was forced to forfeit 12 of its wins due to the use of an ineligible player, dropping them to No. 8. One of the forfeited wins came against the Lady Bucks on Feb. 6 in Harriman.

After trailing 12-10 in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday's contest, the Lady Bucks went on an 11-0 run and took a 21-12 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Roane State ended the half on an 18-6 run and led 30-27 heading into the intermission.

Sophomore Chloe Neil kept Motlow close with two first-half three pointers on her way to six for the game and a team-high 20 points. After the Lady Bucks fell behind 47-39 with 11 minutes left to play, Neil hit back-to-back three pointers to pull Motlow within two, 47-45, with 9:50 remaining.

The Lady Raiders, behind 27 points from Cayla Oglesby, then went on a 16-4 run to lead 63-49 with four minutes to play. Motlow would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Motlow out-rebounded Roane State 49-37 but could not overcome 25 turnovers while forcing only six steals. The Lady Bucks shot 35% from the field and hit 12 of their 14 free-throw attempts. The Lady Raiders had 24 fast-break points and converted Motlow's turnovers into 30 total points.

Neil was 6-12 behind the three-point line and added three rebounds to her 20 points. Motlow freshman Lauren Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bree Horner also scored in double figures with 10 points and added six rebounds.

Additional scoring for Motlow came from Ashley Kee and Sabrina Jackson with six points each, Alexis Smith and Chelsea Holman added five points each, and Titanisha Lawless scored two. Kee, Horner and Jackson each had six rebounds, and Jackson led Motlow with five assists.

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