Women's Basketball 2017-18 Season News

Motlow rising sophomore Janna Lewis selected for NJCAA All-Star weekend

June 20, 2018

Motlow State Community College basketball star Janna Lewis has been selected as one of only 40 student-athletes in the nation to participate in the 10th Annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend, beginning July 26 in Atlanta.

Lewis, a rising sophomore from Butler High School in Louisville, was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Freshman of the Year following her outstanding 2017-18 season at Motlow, where she averaged 16.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Lady Bucks. She was also named first team all-conference.

Lewis is the first Motlow women's player selected for the all-star event. Motlow men's star Jaylen Barford was selected for the men's all-star event three years ago in Las Vegas and was named the Most Outstanding Player following the event.

Practices and meetings in Atlanta will be held July 26 and 27, with games taking place on July 28 and 29. Entering her sophomore season at Motlow, Lewis is expected to be the centerpiece of Head Coach LaTanya Collins' second Motlow team, which will open practice Oct. 1.

Janna Lewis
Motlow women's basketball star Janna Lewis, a rising sophomore from Louisville, Ky., has been selected to participate in the 10th annual NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend in Atlanta in late July. Lewis, the first Lady Buck ever chosen for the event, averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds during her freshman season at Motlow. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow women's basketball signs Florida pair to National Letters of Intent

May 29, 2018

Jade Alexander and Dominique Fields
The Motlow State women's basketball program recently signed two student-athletes from Florida. Jade Alexander, left, and Dominique Fields both played at Hallandale High School in Hallandale Beach, where Jade averaged 16 points per game and Dominique averaged 17. Both Jade and Dominique were named second team All-Broward County and both won a state championship as freshmen at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. Photo provided.

Starasia Bell-Freeman signs Letter of Intent to join Motlow women's basketball program

May 24, 2018

Starasia Bell-Freeman Signing
Starasia Bell-Freeman recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete as a member of the Motlow State Community College women's basketball program. Starasia, pictured with Motlow Head Coach LaTanya Collins, is from New Bern, N.C. As a three-year letterman and two time all-conference selection, she is one of only three players in New Bern High School history to score over 1,000 points, finishing with 1,251. During her career she averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks per game while shooting 70 percent from the free-throw line. Photo provided.

Motlow women's basketball signs Kayla Jackson to National Letter of Intent

April 25, 2018

Kayla Jackson Signing
Motlow State women's basketball recently signed Kayla Jackson, from Baltimore, to a National Letter of Intent. Jackson played her senior season of high school at Pikeville High School in Baltimore after moving from New Jersey. She led the Panthers to a 22-3 record and the 1A North Region championship, the first in school history. She was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year and named all-county, averaging 10 points, four assists and two steals per game. Joining Kayla are, seated, mom Latrice Jackson and dad Kintay Jackson. Standing is LaTanya Collins, Motlow women's basketball head coach. Motlow College Photo.

Motlow women's basketball signs Tanisia Murphy to National Letter of Intent

April 13, 2018

Tanisia Murphy Signing
Motlow State Community College is proud to announce that Tanisia Murphy will continue her career as a student-athlete in Motlow's women's basketball program. Murphy, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, averaged 10 points per game last year and helped lead her team to a state tournament appearance. Joining her for the celebration are, from left, David Underwood; Mikaela Murphy-Underwood, sister; Alandre Murphy, father; Tanisia; and LaTanya Collins, Motlow head coach. Motlow College Photo.

Moore County hoops standout Taylor Holcomb signs National Letter of Intent with Motlow State

March 28, 2018

Men's Basketball
Taylor Holcomb, a standout basketball player at Moore County High School, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Joining Taylor, seated in the middle, is her father Korby, left, and her mother Angie. Standing is LaTanya Collins, Motlow head coach, left, and Amy Josephson, Moore County head coach. Photo provided.

Janna Lewis named Freshman of the Year, Lady Bucks fall in TCCAA/Region VII Tournament

March 5, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks put up a good fight in the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament before falling to No. 1 seed and defending champion Walters State 54-45 Sunday afternoon in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks (8-20) ended their first year under Head Coach LaTanya Collins after opening the tournament with a 56-49 win over Volunteer State on Friday. Motlow closed the season by going 4-4 in its final eight games, with two of the losses coming against Walters State by a total of 15 points.

Motlow freshman Janna Lewis, from Butler High School in Louisville, was named the TCCAA/Region VII Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the first team all-conference squad. Sophomore Tajah Clark, who transferred to Motlow from Fayetteville State University, was named second team all-conference.

The Lady Bucks played catch-up the entire game against the Lady Senators Sunday, trailing 14-10 after one quarter, 29-22 at the half, and 41-34 at the end of three quarters. Walters State won the rebounding battle 45-36 and each team had 17 turnovers.

Neither team shot the ball very well, with the Lady Senators hitting 37 percent from the field and 5-16 three pointers, while Motlow shot only 27 percent from the floor and hit 4-19 three pointers. The Lady Bucks made 9-12 free throws, while Walters State only connected on 11-21.

Clark led the Lady Bucks in scoring with 10 points along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Joy Porter, Lewis and Jewel Ledbetter each scored nine points, with Lewis and Ledbetter gathering six rebounds each and Porter four. Lynshawn Ebron had six points and Jasmine Williams added a bucket and six rebounds.

In Friday's tournament opener, the Lady Bucks controlled the pace of the game from the outset, leading Volunteer State 16-11 after one quarter, 29-18 at the half, and 42-36 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Bucks shot 39 percent from the floor and made 3-11 three pointers, while holding the Lady Pioneers to 29 percent shooting and only 3-21 from three-point range.

Lewis had a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Clark scored 12 with six rebounds and three steals, and Ebron, Briana Jones and Ledbetter each added six points.

Lewis, one of only three freshmen on the roster, completed one of the best seasons in recent Lady Bucks' history, averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Her scoring average is the tenth highest in Motlow women's basketball history, and her rebounding average ranks seventh for a single season.

Clark averaged 9.7 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game; Jasmine Williams averaged 6.6 points and six rebounds, Jones scored 6.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds, Ledbetter scored 6.4 per game and averaged 4.1 rebounds, Porter averaged 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, Ebron scored 5.3 per game and averaged 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and two steals, and Miranda Boutwell scored 5.7 per game and led the team by hitting 34 three pointers.

Janna Lewis
Motlow's Janna Lewis was named Freshman of the Year by the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association recently at the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Chattanooga. Lewis, who came to Motlow from Butler High School in Louisville, averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Lady Bucks this season, both among the top ten averages for a single season in Lady Bucks history.

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