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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks let late lead slip away, set sights on East Tennessee opponents

Jan. 30, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks held an 11 point lead with eight minutes left to play before Volunteer State ended the game on a 26-12 run and handed Motlow a 70-67 defeat Saturday night at Copperweld Arena. Two nights earlier the Lady Bucks dropped a 75-45 decision to visiting non-conference opponent Wallace State.

The Lady Bucks (3-13, 0-8) will now hit the road for the coming weekend for a pair of TCCAA conference games, stopping in at Cleveland State (11-7, 6-5) Friday night and Chattanooga State (12-8, 5-5) on Saturday. The next home game will be Friday, Feb. 9, when Roane State visits. The following day, Motlow will host nationally-ranked Walters State for homecoming.

Motlow jumped out to an early 10-5 lead before the Lady Pioneers ended the first quarter on a 6-1 run to tie the score 11-11. The second quarter saw neither team able to gain more than a two point advantage, and the half ended with the Lady Bucks on top 25-23.

Tajah Clark and Lynshawn Ebron hit three pointers midway through the third quarter as the Lady Bucks built their largest lead of the game, 53-42, at the end of three quarters. Jasmine Williams sank a pair of free throws and with 8:40 remaining the Lady Bucks led 55-44.

However, Volunteer State hit a flurry of buckets and closed the gap to within four 56-52, with six minutes to play. Motlow couldn't get the defensive stops it needed down the stretch though, and the Lady Pioneers took the lead with four minutes to play and never trailed again. Motlow got off a three-point attempt at the buzzer but it bounced off the rim.

Williams led Motlow in scoring with 16 points and added six rebounds, while Janna Lewis had another double-double, scoring 14 with 10 rebounds and four assists. Briana Jones had 12 points and six rebounds along with a pair of steals, and Clark scored eight points with eight assists and six rebounds.

Ebron scored seven points with six rebounds and four assists, and Joy Porter added six points and five rebounds along with three steals. Miranda Boutwell and Jewel Ledbetter each scored two points. The Lady Bucks shot only 33.7 percent from the field and made 3-25 three-point shots.

Jasmine Williams
Motlow State sophomore Jasmine Williams battles for rebounding position during the Lady Bucks 70-67 loss to Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon. Williams led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 16 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Motlow will hit the road this weekend with games at Cleveland State Friday and Chattanooga State on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.