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Motlow women's basketball will open second season under Collins in Florida

Oct. 1, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's basketball program will begin its 45th season of competition when it opens the 2018-19 season with a trip to Marianna, Florida, to play a pair of contests at Chipola Junior College Nov. 2 & 3. Motlow will face East Georgia to open the season Friday, then play the host team Saturday.

2018-19 Schedule

Area fans will have their first opportunity to see the Lady Bucks when they host Central Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks compiled an 8-20 overall record in 2017-18 under first-year Head Coach LaTanya Collins, who begins her second season with only two returning players. However, one of the returnees is Janna Lewis, last year's Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Freshman-of-the-Year.

"We are excited to start the new season," said Collins. "Our schedule is very competitive and I look forward to seeing how our freshmen rise to the challenge and how quickly this team gels together."

This year's schedule features 13 home games and 17 road games. Included are home-and-home series against the eight other teams in the TCCAA who participate in women's basketball. Columbia State, the tenth member of the TCCAA, announced recently that it was suspending its women's basketball program for the coming season.

Several extensive road trips are on the Motlow women's schedule, including traveling to Washington D.C. on Dec. 28 & 29 to play in the Title IX Tournament, which will feature defending NJCAA Division I champion Tallahassee and defending Division III champion Hostos. The Lady Bucks are scheduled to play at Daytona State in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Jan. 21, and at Central Georgia Tech in Macon on Jan. 7.

"Hopefully, participating in competitive tournaments throughout the season will help prepare us for the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, and beyond, at the end of the year," added Collins.

In addition to home-and-home series with its conference rivals, Motlow will play home-and-series this season against three schools from Alabama - Lawson State from Birmingham, Gadsden State from Gadsden, and Wallace State-Hanceville.

Conference play opens Nov 16 with a visit from Jackson State at 5:30 p.m. and ends with a return trip to Jackson Feb. 20. The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held at Cleveland State beginning Mar. 1, 2019.

Most games on the women's schedule are part of a doubleheader with men's contests, including all conference games and all games against the three Alabama schools. The only single game the Lady Bucks have at home is the opener against Central Georgia Tech.

LaTanya Collins