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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks set to host nationally-ranked Walters State this weekend for homecoming

Feb. 6, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks shot 94 percent from the free throw line and erased an 11 point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime before falling 92-86 to Cleveland State Friday night in Cleveland, Tenn. Motlow followed that up with a 59-46 loss to Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks (3-15, 0-10) will attempt to break into the TCCAA conference win column this weekend when they host a pair of conference opponents at Copperweld Arena. Roane State (11-11, 5-5) visits Friday night at 7:30 p.m., following by the league's top team Walters State (18-5, 11-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Lady Senators are ranked No. 21 in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll. Homecoming activities will take place all afternoon on the Motlow campus Saturday, with the queen and king being crowned at halftime of the women's contest.

The Lady Bucks played one of their best offensive games of the season Friday in Cleveland, and although the Lady Cougars led at the end of every quarter, Motlow stayed within striking range and made its move in the final 10 minutes. Cleveland led 22-19 after one, 39-31 at the half, and 60-49 after three quarters.

Motlow fought back though, outscoring the Lady Cougars 29-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the score and send the game into overtime, where the home team outscored the Lady Bucks 14-8. Motlow shot 41 percent from the field, despite connecting on only 3-18 three pointers, and outrebounded the Lady Cougars 44-35 while forcing 15 turnovers.

Janna Lewis, who is fourth in the conference in scoring and second in rebounding, led the Lady Bucks with 22 points while adding six rebounds and a pair of steals. Jewel Ledbetter had 20 points with six boards, and Jasmine Williams secured a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tajah Clark had 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals; Lynshawn Ebron added nine points, five assists and three steals; and Joy Porter had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Motlow's offense wasn't quite as prolific Saturday in Chattanooga, as the Lady Bucks shot only 28 percent from the field, hitting only 2-13 three pointers and 10-14 free throws. After falling behind 18-6 after one quarter and 31-17 at halftime, the Lady Bucks played the Lady Tigers fairly evenly during the final 20 minutes, but could never put together a serious run to close the gap to single digits.

Clark was the leading scorer with 14 points while adding three rebounds. Lewis had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, Briana Jones scored 12 points and blocked five shots along with three boards, and Williams had four points and seven rebounds.

Tajah Clark
Motlow State sophomore Tajah Clark drives into the lane against three defenders during a recent Lady Bucks game at Copperweld Arena. Clark, from Clayton, NC, combined for 24 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals during Motlow's games last weekend at Cleveland State and Chattanooga State. The Lady Bucks will host Roane State Friday night and Walters State Saturday at Copperweld Arena. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.