Women's Basketball 2017-18 Season News


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.

Strong second half propels Lady Bucks past Columbia State

Feb. 26, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks won their third consecutive game by outscoring Columbia State 57-29 in the second half on their way to an 88-66 win over the Lady Chargers Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena in the final home game of the 2017-18 season.

Motlow (7-17, 4-12) has now won three in a row and four of its previous six contests. The win over the Lady Chargers came two days after a 77-57 thumping of Jackson State. Motlow is scheduled to conclude the regular season by playing at Roane State Monday and Walters State Tuesday in a pair of games that were postponed in mid-January due to poor road conditions.

The Lady Bucks are currently the ninth seed in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, scheduled to begin Friday at Chattanooga State. With all teams having postponed games to make up this week though, the Lady Bucks could finish as high as seventh. Either way, Motlow will play a play-in game on Friday in Chattanooga.

Janna Lewis continued to lead the Lady Bucks, as she has all season, in both home wins last week. Lewis, a strong contender for conference freshman of the year, scored 26 points with 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals against Jackson and 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win over Columbia. Lewis averages 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game; both among the top five in the conference.

Lewis hit the first shot of the game against Columbia to give the Lady Bucks a lead they would never surrender. The first half was close, ending with Motlow on top 41-37. Lynshawn Ebron hit a three pointer in the first minute of the second half and Motlow never looked back. Over the next 10 minutes the Lady Bucks exploded on a 30-15 run and led 63-49 after three quarters.

Ebron had one of her best games of the season, hitting 3-4 three pointers and scoring 15 points with three assists. Briana Jones scored 19 with six rebounds and three blocked shots, and Tajah Clark had 10 points with five rebounds. Jewel Ledbetter scored eight with six rebounds and three assists, and Jasmine Williams had five points and five rebounds.

Motlow shot 49 percent from the field and hit 8-15 three pointers. The Lady Bucks won the rebounding battle 36-28 and forced the Lady Chargers into 16 turnovers.

It was a strong second quarter that propelled Motlow to its 20-point win over visiting Jackson State Wednesday. After leading 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bucks outscored the Lady Generals 27-10 in the second, keyed by Lewis' drives to the basket and Jasmine Williams' strong work inside.

Motlow had 18 assists on 28 made baskets and shot 44 percent from the field, despite hitting only 3-13 three pointers. The Lady Bucks had one of their best performances at the free throw line, hitting 18 of 20 attempts.

Williams scored 16 with six rebounds, Ledbetter had nine points, while Jones and Miranda Boutwell each scored eight. Joy Porter chipped in six points and Ebron had four points and five assists.

Lynnshawn Ebron
Lynshawn 'Speedy' Ebron scored 15 points and added three assists to help lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to an 88-66 win over Columbia State Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena. The win was Motlow's third straight and fourth in their previous six games. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks take down Southwest TN in overtime, host final home games of the season this week

Feb. 19, 2018

Freshman Janna Lewis hit a three pointer with seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, and the Motlow Lady Bucks won the final five minutes 11-5 to secure a 77-71 win over Southwest Tennessee in Memphis Saturday afternoon. The win came on the heels of a 61-55 loss to Dyersburg State last week in Dyersburg.

The Lady Bucks (5-17, 2-12) will now prepare for their final two home games of the season. Motlow will host Jackson State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, then welcome Columbia State to Copperweld Arena for Sophomore Recognition Day at 4 p.m. Saturday. Motlow still has another road trip before finishing the regular season, traveling to Roane State and Walters State Monday and Tuesday to make up games that were snowed out in early January.

Southwest entered the contest as the No. 2 team in the TCCAA standings, but the Lady Bucks, who have now won two of their previous four conference games after dropping the first 10, were not intimidated. Motlow led 19-18 after one quarter before the Lady Saluqis surged ahead 33-28 at the half. The home team increased its lead to 52-45 after three quarters.

But Motlow used great balance to fight its way back and force the extra period. The Lady Bucks had five players in double figures, won the rebounding battle 54-51, and dished out 23 assists on 31 made baskets. Motlow shot 41 percent from the field, but hit 7-17 three pointers and held Southwest to only 34 percent shooting, including 6-26 from behind the three-point line.

Lewis notched another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds while adding four assists. Tajah Clark also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, along with five rebounds and three steals.

Jasmine Williams scored 12 with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, Jewel Ledbetter had 11 points with nine rebounds and two steals, and Briana Jones scored 10 with five rebounds. Lynshawn Ebron added eight points and five assists, Joy Porter scored two with seven rebounds, and Miranda Boutwell added a point.

The Lady Bucks fell to Jackson State 54-46 back in November in Jackson in the first TCCAA game of the regular season. Motlow is trying to climb out of the cellar in the TCCAA standings and a win over the Lady Generals would go a long way in accomplishing that as teams battle for seeding position for the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins March 2 at Chattanooga State in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks, despite playing much of the season with only nine players on the roster, have been close to having a much better year than their record would indicate. Motlow has lost nine games by 10 points or less and six of them by six points or less. With the tournament just two weeks away, the Lady Bucks appear to playing their best basketball at the best time.

Janna Lewis
Motlow freshman Janna Lewis prepares to make an offensive move during a game earlier this season at Copperweld Arena. Lewis scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, and hit a three-point basket to send the game into overtime, to lead the Lady Bucks to a 77-71 win over Southwest Tennessee in Memphis Saturday afternoon. Motlow will complete its home basketball schedule this week, hosting Jackson State Wednesday and Columbia State Saturday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks break down conference win door, head west in search of more

Feb. 12, 2018

After multiple close games and heartbreaking finishes, the Motlow Lady Bucks finally snared a victory in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play when they beat Roane State 68-64 Friday night at Copperweld Arena on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (4-16, 1-11) followed that up with an 84-50 loss to Walters State on Saturday. The Lady Senators entered the game ranked No. 20 in the nation by the NJCAA. Motlow will travel to Dyersburg State Wednesday, then head to Memphis to face Southwest Tennessee on Saturday. The next home game is Wednesday, Feb. 21, with Jackson State visiting for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Friday night the Lady Bucks enjoyed one of their best starts of the season, jumping out to an 18-10 advantage after one quarter and a 22-10 lead one minute into the second quarter. Motlow had the size advantage and got the ball into the paint to build the lead, led by Jasmine Williams and Janna Lewis. However, the visitors began to hit shots and went on a 17-11 run to end the half, closing the gap to 33-27.

Roane State continued to press the action and outscored the Lady Bucks 17-11 in the third quarter, which ended with Motlow on top 45-44. In the final 10 minutes is was Williams who had six straight fourth-quarter points and helped the Lady Bucks hold of the Lady Raiders' challenge. She finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Janna Lewis led Motlow in scoring with 22 points and added six rebounds and two assists, Tajah Clark barely missed a double-double with nine points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals; and Lynshawn Ebron had eight points, three assists, two steals and three rebounds. Joy Porter added five points, Miranda Boutwell had four, and Jewel Ledbetter scored two.

Saturday was a different story as powerful Walters State dominated the action from start to finish. The Lady Senators built a 45-20 halftime lead and emptied the bench after leading 67-35 after three quarters.

Clark led Motlow with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Williams continued her solid play with nine points and 11 rebounds. Lewis and Ledbetter each scored eight, Briana Jones had five, and Ebron and Porter each scored two points.

Tajah Clark
Motlow State sophomore Jasmine Williams powers the ball towards the basket during the Lady Bucks' 68-64 win over Roane State at Copperweld Arena Friday night. Williams, from Irvington, NJ, scored 18 points, including six in the fourth quarter, and added seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the win. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

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.

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.

Lady Bucks step outside conference for rare Thursday night home contest

Jan. 23, 2018

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will try to get back into the win column when they step outside TCCAA conference play to host Wallace State-Hanceville at Copperweld Arena on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Motlow will then host TCCAA rival Volunteer State on Saturday, with the women tipping off at 4 p.m.

The Lady Bucks (3-11, 0-7) came very close to pulling out two conference wins over the weekend but came up short in both efforts. Friday night, Motlow came from 18 points down and tied the game with 24 seconds remaining before falling 73-72 to Dyersburg State. Saturday the Lady Bucks dropped a 75-67 decision to visiting Southwest Tennessee at Copperweld Arena.

The visiting Lady Eagles from Dyersburg started strong Friday night, jumping out to an 18-12 lead after one quarter and a 38-22 lead at the half. Motlow freshman Janna Lewis led the comeback effort in the third quarter though, pulling the Lady Bucks within four points before Dyersburg surged back ahead 51-42 after three.

Still the Lady Bucks refused to fold. Miranda Boutwell hit one of her three 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 54-45 with nine minutes to play. Tajah Clark nailed a three with seven minutes remaining and Motlow trailed 56-53. The visitors then surged back ahead, leading 64-57 with five minutes showing on the clock.

Back came the Lady Bucks on a 10-5 run, led by another three pointer from Boutwell, to trail 69-67 with 48 seconds remaining. Lewis then went to the line and tied the game with two free throws at the 24 second mark, but the Lady Bucks couldn't get the stop they needed on the defensive end and Dyersburg State escaped with the victory.

Lewis led four double-digit scorers with 16 points and added 10 rebounds. Boutwell scored 14 points, while Brianna Jones and Jewel Ledbetter each had 13 points. Ledbetter added seven rebounds and three steals, while Jones pulled down six boards. Clark scored eight points and dished out five assists with two steals.

Saturday was another close contest that saw the Lady Bucks fall behind early, then fight their way back to challenge the opposition before falling just short at the end. Southwest jumped out front 21-20 after one quarter and 40-32 at the half before the Lady Bucks staged their comeback attempt.

Boutwell, who had a career-high 25 points, nailed a three pointer and Joy Porter hit back-to-back baskets to cut the Southwest Tennessee lead to 49-44. Ledbetter then nailed a jumper and the third quarter ended with Motlow down only 53-50.

After Boutwell drove for a layup to cut the lead to three, Lewis grabbed a steal and scored, putting Motlow within a point at 62-61 with four minutes to play. However, that would be as close as the Lady Bucks would get as the Lady Saluqis pulled away in the final two minutes.

Boutwell connected on 9-16 shots from the field and hit 4-10 three pointers. Lewis had another double-double, scoring 18 points and hauling in 13 rebounds along with three steals. Clark scored eight and had six rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Ledbetter and Porter each scored six points, with Porter adding six rebounds and two steals.

Miranda Boutwell
Sophomore Miranda Boutwell prepares to launch a three-point shot during the Motlow Lady Bucks contest against Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, Boutwell scored a career-high 25 points against the Lady Saluqis in a 75-67 loss. The Lady Bucks will host Wallace State-Hanceville on Thursday and Volunteer State this Saturday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Ledbetter notches double-double as Lady Bucks tie school record with 101-29 win

Jan. 8, 2018

Sophomore Jewel Ledbetter notched the first double-double of her career, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a 101-29 victory over the Martin Methodist College JV team Sunday afternoon in Pulaski.

The Lady Bucks (3-9, 0-5) will take a modest two-game winning streak into Harriman on Friday when they return to TCCAA conference play at Roane State. Saturday Motlow will travel to defending TCCAA champion Walters State. The Lady Bucks will return to Copperweld Arena for the first time in six weeks when they host Dyersburg State on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The 72-point win over the Red Hawks Sunday tied the all-time Motlow women's basketball record for margin of victory, matching the 72-point win over Bryan College JV back in 2010. The 101 points is tied for seventh all time and is the second time the Lady Bucks have scored over 100 points against Martin Methodist JV this season.

Ledbetter, connecting on 9-13 shots from the field and both her free throw attempts, led six double-figure scorers for Motlow as the Lady Bucks controlled the contest from start to finish, leading 21-11 after one quarter, 45-13 at the half, and 74-22 at the end of three quarters. The Lady Bucks pulled down 50 rebounds, dished out 24 assists, had 14 steals and blocked 10 Martin Methodist shots.

Tajah Clark scored 18 points with six steals, six assists and five rebounds; Miranda Boutwell had 17, hitting 5-11 from three-point range; Brianna Jones scored 12 points with seven rebounds and six blocked shots; Jasmine Williams had 12 points with seven rebounds; and Janna Lewis scored 10 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Lynshawn Ebron led Motlow with seven assists while adding eight points, four rebounds and three steals, and Joy Porter scored four points with seven rebounds and three assists.

Jewel Ledbetter
Motlow State sophomore Jewel Ledbetter had her best game as a Lady Buck Sunday, scoring 20 points and hauling in 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Bucks to a 101-29 win over the Martin Methodist JV in Pulaski. Motlow will jump back into TCCAA conference play this weekend, traveling to Roane State Friday and Walters State Saturday. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow Lady Bucks topple Snead State in 2OT, prepare for holiday trip to Washington D.C.

Dec. 14, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks overcame losing the lead late in regulation and again in overtime to beat Snead State 88-84 in double overtime on Snead's home court in Boaz, Alabama Monday night.

The Lady Bucks (2-9, 0-5) ended a seven-game skid with the victory, which came at a critical time as Motlow breaks for the holidays, and came on the heels of a 72-60 loss to Wallace State last Wednesday in Hanceville, Alabama.

The Lady Bucks will travel to Washington D.C. on Dec. 29, playing ASA College that night and Harford College the following night. The next home game for Motlow is Friday, Jan. 19, when Dyersburg State visits Copperweld Arena.

Freshman Janna Lewis was spectacular for the Lady Bucks in Boaz, leading the way with 30 points and 20 rebounds, both season highs for the Motlow program. The 20 rebounds ties Lewis with former Motlow stars Latessa Hickerson (1992) and Monica Westbrook (2005) for the sixth-most rebounds in a single game in school history.

The Lady Bucks led the Lady Parsons 23-15 after one quarter, but the home team battled back to tie the score at 34 at halftime, then took a 53-49 lead into the final quarter. Motlow led 62-61 late in regulation, only to see Snead tie the score with a free throw to force the game into overtime. The Lady Bucks controlled much of the first overtime, leading by as many as seven points, and led by three before Snead hit a three pointer in the final second to send the game into double overtime.

Snead led in the second extra period 84-83 with 20 seconds remaining when Lewis powered her way into the lane for the go-ahead basket. She then hit three of four free throws to ice the game for Motlow. Lewis hit 10-25 shots from the field and 10-15 free throws on the night, while also adding a pair of steals.

Lynshawn Ebron flirted with a triple-double with 10 points, eight assists and seven steals. Miranda Boutwell hit critical three pointers down the stretch and scored 16 points, Jasmine Williams had 12 points with seven rebounds, Brianna Jones added eight points with five rebounds, and Chantel Maxwell scored seven with two rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Bucks played a solid contest Wednesday night at Wallace State, but could never make a prolonged run to get over a slim deficit. Motlow trailed 17-14 after one quarter, 34-28 at the half, and 53-44 at the end of three quarters.

Ebron hit 6-10 shots from the floor, including 3-4 three pointers, and led Motlow in scoring with 16 points. Lewis and Joy Porter each scored 11, with Lewis adding eight rebounds and Porter blocking two shots. Jones scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Williams had six points and 10 rebounds and blocked a shot.

Lewis is third in the TCCAA conference in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game, and leads the league in rebounding with 8.6 per contest.

Janna Lewis
Louisville freshman Janna Lewis drives into the lane and puts up a shot during Motlow's recent home game against Cleveland State. Lewis scored 30 points and had 20 rebounds to lead the Lady Bucks to an 88-84 win in double overtime Monday at Snead State. Lewis leads Motlow in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks search for consistency in upcoming road swing through Alabama

Dec. 5, 2017

The Motlow Lady Bucks go in search of consistency on the court and a couple of check marks in the win column when they travel to the state of Alabama for their final two basketball games before the holiday break.

The Lady Bucks (1-8, 0-5) showed flashes of brilliance, balanced with stretches of struggle, in dropping a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contests over the weekend. Motlow lost to Cleveland State 73-67 Friday night, then fell 52-42 to Chattanooga State on Saturday. Both games were played on Motlow's home court inside Nisbett Center.

Up next for the Lady Bucks is a trip to Hanceville, where they will take on Wallace State Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. The final game before the break is Monday, Dec. 11, when both Motlow squads will head to Boaz to do battle with Snead State, with the women's tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Following Monday's game the Lady Bucks will not play again until they travel to Washington D.C., to face ASA College at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

Friday night the Lady Bucks started quick out of the gate, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before the visitors responded with a 22-4 run to end the first quarter.

After trailing the Lady Cougars 22-11 at the end of one quarter, 43-26 at halftime and 59-43 after three quarters, the Lady Bucks began to claw their way back into contention behind Joy Porter and Janna Lewis. Motlow cut the Cleveland lead to four, 68-64, in the final minutes before the visitors iced the win at the free throw line.

Both Lewis and Porter had double-doubles for the Lady Bucks. Lewis scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds along with three assists and two steals. Porter scored 16 with 14 boards and blocked three shots. Mattie King chipped in eight points with three assists, Tajah Clark has six points and five assists, and Miranda Boutwell and Jasmine Williams scored six points each.

Saturday both Motlow and Chattanooga State showed the fatigue of playing the night before. The Lady Tigers led 19-8 after one quarter, but the Lady Bucks fought their way back and trailed by only four, 25-21 at intermission. Chattanooga State never allowed Motlow to get any closer though, extending their lead to 42-34 after three quarters.

Lynshawn Ebron led the Lady Bucks with 11 points and added three steals and a pair of assists. Clark added 10 points with four steals and two assists, Lewis scored seven and added nine rebounds, Brianna Jones scored six and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, and Williams had six points and five boards.

Miranda Boutwell
Motlow State sophomore Miranda Boutwell drives toward the basket during Friday night's contest against Cleveland State at Copperweld Arena. Boutwell hit two 3-pointers and dished out two assists, and the Lady Bucks staged a comeback from 20 points down before falling short 73-67. Motlow will travel to Wallace State-Hanceville for a non-conference contest Wednesday night. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks set to host first TCCAA conference weekend

Nov. 27, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks look to make a move up the TCCAA conference standings when they host a pair of rivals this weekend at Copperweld Arena. Cleveland State will visit Friday night, with Chattanooga State providing the opposition Saturday.

The Lady Bucks (1-6, 0-3) are coming off a holiday road trip that they hope to quickly put behind them. Motlow traveled to Jacksonville and lost a 66-50 decision to Florida State College last Wednesday. They followed that with a trip to Americus, Ga., over the weekend, falling to South Georgia Tech 72-53 on Saturday and Central Georgia Tech 68-64 Sunday.

Both Cleveland State and Chattanooga State are 1-3 in TCCAA play, giving the Lady Bucks a real opportunity to get back into the conference race. The Lady Bucks and Lady Cougars will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while the women's game begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free both days, and the men's teams will play after the women both Friday and Saturday.

Motlow has started well in most every game this season, but the second half has not been kind to the Lady Bucks. That trend held true in two of their three games last week, including the contest against Florida State College. After leading 11-10 at the end of the first quarter and being tied 20-20 with 2:30 to play in the half, the Lady Bucks trailed 28-24 at intermission. FSCJ led 50-41 after three quarters and pulled away for the final 16-point margin.

Joy Porter and Janna Lewis led the Lady Bucks with nine points each, while Miranda Boutwell scored eight and Tajah Clark had seven. Lewis led the rebounding for Motlow will seven, with Porter, Jasmine Williams, Brianna Jones and Jewel Ledbetter each adding five boards. Clark dished out six assists and had five steals and Lynshawn Ebron added two assists and a pair of steals.

Saturday afternoon in Americus, the Lady Bucks trailed South Georgia Tech 20-15 after one quarter but fought their way back to take a 35-34 lead at halftime. The bottom fell out after the intermission though, with SGT outscoring Motlow 20-6 to take a 54-41 lead into the final quarter.

The Lady Bucks have struggled shooting the ball this season, connecting on only 27.4 percent of their shots in Jacksonville and 25.5 percent against SGT, including 6-18 from behind the three-point line, although they did make 20-26 free throws on Saturday.

Lewis was the top scorer with 19 points, including 11-14 free throws made, and also led the Lady Bucks with six rebounds. Ledbetter scored eight points and had five rebounds, and Clark, Ebron and Chantel Maxwell each scored six points.

Shooting woes again plagued Motlow on Sunday, especially in the first half when the Lady Bucks hit only 24.1 percent of their shots and trailed 45-21 at intermission. Motlow fought back though, closing the gap to 55-44 after three quarters. Despite outscoring CGT by seven in the fourth, the Lady Bucks had dug themselves too deep of a hole to overcome.

Lewis and Maxwell each scored 15 points to lead Motlow, with Lewis adding six rebounds and a pair of assists. Porter scored nine points with nine rebounds and five blocked shots, and Boutwell had nine points and six boards. Clark also scored nine and added two rebounds and two steals. Motlow shot 33.3 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.

Joy Porter
Motlow State sophomore Joy Porter prepares to shoot a free throw during a recent basketball contest at Copperweld Arena. Porter, a transfer from Little Rock, Ark., almost had a double-double in Motlow's 68-64 loss to Central Georgia Tech on Sunday, scoring nine points with nine rebounds. Motlow will host Cleveland State Friday night and Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks win home opener in near-record fashion, hit the road for the holidays

Nov. 20, 2017

The Motlow Lady Bucks scored the second most points in program history, and won by the second largest margin ever, when they hosted and beat the Martin Methodist College JV 111-49 at Copperweld Arena Wednesday night. Motlow then dropped a heartbreaking 77-76 decision to TCCAA rival Volunteer State on Saturday in Gallatin.

The Lady Bucks (1-3, 0-3) will now prepare to travel during the holiday weekend. The first destination is Florida, where Motlow will play Florida State College of Jacksonville at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Lady Bucks will head to Americus, Georgia, where they will face South Georgia Tech on Saturday and Central Georgia Tech Sunday.

The 111 points scored in the win over Martin Methodist College JV now enters the record book as the second-highest offensive output in Lady Bucks' basketball history, which began in 1974, bested only by the 115 points Motlow scored against Snead State back in 1991. The 62-point victory margin trails only the 72-point win the Lady Bucks had over the Bryan College JV back on Nov. 1, 2010.

Eight Lady Bucks scored in double figures against the Redhawks, led by Joy Porter with 20, Mattie King with 15, Tajah Clark, Chantel Maxwell and Janna Lewis with 14, Brianna Jones with 13, Jasmine Williams with 11 and Miranda Boutwell with 10. Jewel Ledbetter, seeing minimal action after being sidelined with an injury, added a bucket for her first points of the season.

The Lady Bucks dominated the rebounding against Martin Methodist, with Jones pulling down 12 boards and Williams adding 11. King and Maxwell each had four steals for Motlow, and the Lady Bucks hit a total of 10 three-point shots.

Saturday the Lady Bucks traveled to Gallatin in search of their first conference win, only to see the Lady Pioneers nail a three-point basket with 15 seconds remaining to steal the win. Motlow got an open look before the buzzer, but couldn't get the shot to find the net.

The two teams battled evenly for much of the contest, with Volunteer State leading 34-32 at halftime and the Lady Bucks surging ahead 62-58 at the end of three quarters. Motlow had its biggest lead, 69-63, with seven minutes left to play before fouls started piling up and the home team started taking advantage at the free-throw line.

The Lady Bucks led 76-74 with 35 seconds to play, but the Lady Pioneers ran a solid set and nailed the three pointer as the shot clock wound down. Motlow got possession with 15 seconds left but couldn't put the ball in the basket.

Lewis led Motlow's scoring with 17 points and added six rebounds, while Ledbetter showed she is healthy once again with 14 points, including hitting a pair of three pointers. Clark scored 13 and had nine rebounds, and Porter scored nine with three boards and a pair of blocks. Jones, King, and Boutwell each had six points, with Jones pulling down seven rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.

Following their holiday road trip the Lady Bucks will return to Copperweld Arena, and to TCCAA action, when they host Cleveland State on Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. The following day Chattanooga State will be the opposition, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. inside Nisbett Center on Motlow’s Moore County campus.

Janna Lewis
Motlow State freshman Janna Lewis scored 14 points and added five rebounds during the Lady Bucks' 111-49 win over the visiting Martin Methodist College JV team last Wednesday at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks will travel to Florida and Georgia during the Thanksgiving break, then return home to host TCCAA rival Cleveland State on Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Bucks host Martin Methodist College JV in home opener Wednesday

Nov. 13, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will seek their first win of the young basketball season Wednesday night when they host the Martin Methodist College JV squad at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena inside Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (0-2, 0-2) dropped a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference contests over the weekend. Motlow fell to Jackson State 54-46 in Jackson Friday night, then traveled to Columbia on Saturday and came up short against the Columbia State Lady Chargers 85-73.

Playing their season-opening contest Friday in Jackson, the Lady Bucks struggled shooting the ball early, but their scrappy defense kept them close. Jackson maintained a small lead for much of the game, with Motlow closing the gap to one point multiple times before the Lady Generals would surge back ahead. The second quarter was the best for Motlow, outscoring Jackson 14-8 to close the gap to 21-19 at halftime. The home team led by three, 33-30, after three quarters before outscoring Motlow 21-16 in the fourth.

Freshman Janna Lewis led the Lady Bucks with 14 points and secured a double-double in her first college contest with 11 rebounds. Tajah Clark scored 11 and added five rebounds and two steals, Jasmine Williams and Brianna Jones each scored six points, Lynshawn Ebron had five points with two assists, and Miranda Boutwell scored four.

Saturday in Columbia the Lady Bucks shot the ball better and won the rebounding battle, but the Lady Chargers' superior depth and 40 percent three-point shooting proved to be the difference. The home team jumped out to a 21-14 lead after one quarter, then outscored Motlow 30-14 in the second quarter to lead 51-28 at the half. The Lady Bucks played much better after the intermission, outscoring Columbia 45-34 in the second half.

Lewis once again led Motlow in scoring with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Clark had 19 points and dished out six assists with seven steals. Joy Porter and Jones each scored nine points and hauled in eight rebounds apiece, while Williams led the way with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Lady Bucks shot 32.9 percent from the field, while Columbia State shot 45.7 percent. Motlow hit 6-28 three pointers and 15-23 from the free throw line.

Tajah Clark
Motlow State sophomore Tajah Clark connects on a free throw during the Lady Bucks' TCCAA contest against Columbia State in Columbia Saturday. Motlow will host its first home game of the season Wednesday, with the Martin Methodist College JV team visiting Copperweld Arena for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Motlow women's basketball set to open season Nov. 10 under new coach LaTanya Collins

Oct. 26, 2017

Fresh off the first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in program history, and featuring its sixth head coach in the past eight years, the Motlow women's basketball program has its sights set on a return to the national tournament with the start of the 2017-18 season two weeks away.

Head Coach LaTanya Collins arrived at Motlow July 17, replacing Bart Walker, who coached one season at Motlow before accepting a position at Northwest Florida State. Collins has worked hard to recruit quality student-athletes to fill the squad despite the late beginning to the recruiting cycle. With 11 names listed on the roster, the Lady Bucks began finding out where they stand with multiple scrimmage contests during the month of October.

Early indications are that Collins has the Lady Bucks on the right track. After a pair or road trips to high-level junior college preseason events, one in Atlanta and one in Chicago, the Lady Bucks put six wins together without a defeat.

The Collins era will officially open on Friday, Nov. 10, when the Lady Bucks join the men's team for a trip to Jackson to face Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Jackson State. The following day, both teams play at Columbia State, another TCCAA opponent. The first chance to see the Lady Bucks at home is Nov. 15, when they host the Martin Methodist College JV at 5:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

Collins has built her first Motlow roster around a pair of returning players who saw spot duty during the program's outstanding 2016-17 campaign, which featured 27 wins, tying the program's all-time record, a runner-up finish in the TCCAA tournament, and that wild-card invitation to the NJCAA tournament. Last year's squad was ranked No. 18 in the nation by the NJCAA at the conclusion of the regular season.

Miranda Boutwell, a 5-8 guard from Linden, Tenn., who played her prep basketball at Perry County High School, returns after an injury-shortened season last year that saw her play in 14 games and average three points per contest. Also returning is Jewel Ledbetter, a 5-10 guard from Maryland who played in 18 games and averaged three points and one rebound per game.

Along with those two returnees, Collins has brought in four freshmen, four sophomore transfers, and will borrow one former Tullahoma Lady Cat from Motlow's soccer roster.

The group of four freshmen includes two from Tennessee and two from outside the state. Mattie King is a 5-5 guard from Hohenwald who played at Lewis County, and Chantel Maxwell is a 5-7 guard who played her prep ball at LaVergne in rugged District 7-AAA. They are joined by Janna Lewis, a 5-9 freshman from Butler High School in Louisville, Ky., and Brianna Jones, a 6-4 post player from Waverly, Va.

Sophomore transfers include Tajah Clark, a 5-7 guard from Clayton, N.C., who played her first season at Fayetteville State University; Lynchawn Ebron, a 5-2 point guard from Washington D.C., who spent her first year at Mississippi Valley State; Joy Porter, a 6-2 post from Little Rock, Ark., who played one year at Independence Community College; and Jasmine Williams, a 6-3 post from Irvington, N.J. who spent last year at Lackawanna Community College.

The final piece of the Lady Bucks' puzzle is 5-3 guard Anastasia Wellington, who started for four years at Tullahoma and has spent the first part of the academic year as a starter on Motlow's soccer team. Wellington, who was recruited by Motlow for basketball when she came out of high school two years ago, sat out sports for a year and is only a freshman athletically, although she is in her second year of classes at Motlow.

Collins has added Tyler Dandridge and Chatney Spencer to her staff as assistant coaches, and former Motlow softball player Jamaica Johnson will serve as the team's manager.

The Lady Bucks finished the 2016-17 season with a 27-6 record, tying the school record for wins with the 1989-90 squad. In addition to receiving an at-large bid to the national tournament, the Lady Bucks played in the TCCAA tournament championship game, falling to Walters State 58-49.

2017-18 Motlow Women's Basketball Team
The Motlow State Lady Bucks will open the 2017-18 basketball season Nov. 10 when they travel to Jackson to play TCCAA rival Jackson State. Seated from left: Janna Lewis, Mattie King, Chantel Maxwell, Miranda Boutwell, Tajah Clark, and Lynshawn Ebron. Standing from left: LaTanya Collins, head coach; Jamaica Johnson, manager; Jasmine Williams, Brianna Jones, Joy Porter, Jewel Ledbetter, Chatney Spencer, assistant coach; and Tyler Dandridge, assistant coach. Motlow State Photo.

Motlow State Lady Bucks open basketball season at home Nov. 3

Sept. 27, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will open the 2017-18 basketball season in the friendly confines of Nisbett Center when they host Wayne State Community College from Detroit on Friday, Nov. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Jewel Ledbetter
The Motlow Lady Bucks will open the 2017-18 basketball season when they host Wayne State (MI) Community College at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. Jewel Ledbetter (pictured), a 5-10 sophomore from Waldorf, Maryland, is one of two returning sophomores on Head Coach LaTanya Collins' roster.
Motlow, under first-year Head Coach LaTanya Collins, will play a total of 29 regular season games, 17 on the road and 12 inside Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. There is no admission charge to Motlow basketball contests.

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play begins Nov. 10, when the Lady Bucks will join the men's team in traveling to Jackson to play Jackson State. The following day, both teams will play at Columbia State.

The Bucks will join the Lady Bucks for the first time at home on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The women will play the Martin Methodist College JV at 5:30 p.m. and the men will host the Cumberland University JV at 7:30 p.m.

The first home conference games are the first weekend in December. Cleveland State comes to town on Friday, Dec. 1, with the Lady Bucks tipping off at 5:30 p.m., and Chattanooga State visits the next day with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

Motlow will make a couple of long road trips during holiday breaks. The Lady Bucks travel to Jacksonville to face Florida State College the day before Thanksgiving, then go to Americus, Georgia, to play South Georgia Tech and Central Georgia Tech the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Just before New Year, Motlow will travel to Washington D.C. for a pair of contests, facing ASA College on Dec. 29, and playing Harford Junior College on Dec. 30.

The Lady Bucks will play seven consecutive road dates during the middle of the season, stretching from Dec. 6 to Jan. 13. Following that, Motlow will play four home games in eight days between Jan. 19-27.

Motlow's final non-conference game is Jan, 24, when the Lady Bucks host Wallace State at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming is scheduled for Feb. 10, with defending TCCAA champion Walters State visiting for a 4 p.m. tip. The regular season ends with a 4 p.m. home game against Columbia State Feb. 24. The TCCAA conference tournament will be held at Chattanooga State, with play-in games scheduled for Friday, Mar. 2.

The Lady Bucks will officially begin practice Oct. 1, and will see their first scrimmage action on Oct. 15, when they travel to Atlanta for the CB Hoops JUCO Jam.

Coach Collins building Lady Bucks' basketball roster around returners Boutwell and Ledbetter

Aug. 23, 2017

Motlow State women's basketball coach LaTanya Collins inherited a challenging roster situation when she arrived on campus in mid-July. With only two players from last year's national tournament team returning, Collins needed to fill a roster in a short period of time.

Miranda Boutwell
Motlow State sophomore Miranda Boutwell is one of two returning student-athletes for the Lady Bucks' basketball program. Boutwell, from Linden, Tenn., along with classmate Jewel Ledbetter, will be counted on to be leaders for the Lady Bucks under new head coach LaTanya Collins. Motlow begins practice Oct. 1.
So far, she has exceeded expectations.

With Motlow classes scheduled to start on Monday, Collins is still putting the final pieces of her roster puzzle together. So far, she has recruited a talented group, with a nice mixture of sophomore transfers, incoming freshmen, and the two returners.

"It's always a challenge when you come into a situation late in the recruiting cycle with only two returning players," said Collins. "I have a lot of contacts across the country and I have reached out to many of them to check on student-athletes who might still be available. I am very pleased with the responses, and I feel we have a solid group."

Collins welcomes back sophomores Miranda Boutwell and Jewel Ledbetter, who will return to Motlow for their second season. Boutwell is a 5-8 wing from Linden, Tenn., who missed over half the season last year and averaged three points per game. Ledbetter is 5-10 and played in 18 games, averaging three points and a rebound each outing, while shooting 54% from the field.

Leading the pack among newcomers is Brianna Jones, a 6-4 post player from Surry County High School in Virginia. Jones is joined in the freshman class by Janna Lewis, who played her prep basketball at Butler in Louisville, winning a state championship in 2016 and being named the state tournament most valuable player.

A trio of talented players from Tennessee round out the freshman class. Mattie King is from Hohenwald and played for Lewis County, Chantel Maxwell is from LaVergne in Rutherford County, and Haylee Northcutt is from Morrison and attended Grundy County High School.

Sophomore transfers include Tajah Clark from Clayton, N.C., who played her freshman season at Fayetteville State University in her home state; Lynshawn Ebron, a point guard from Washington DC who spent her first season at Mississippi Valley State; Joy Porter from Little Rock, who played her initial college season at Independence Community College in Kansas; and Jasmine Williams from New Jersey, who played her freshman year at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Collins is still seeking to add additional players and is considering an open tryout to fill additional roster spots.

"I look forward to watching the progress we make as the preseason approaches," continued Collins. "Right now we are still getting to know each other. I'm confident as we move forward we will begin to gel and become a true team both on and off the court."

The Lady Bucks have already begun off-season workouts, with practice scheduled to officially start Oct. 1. With Collins' late arrival to her position, the non-conference portion of the schedule is still unofficial. Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play begins Nov. 10, with the Lady Bucks joining the Bucks on a road trip to Jackson State.

Both Motlow teams will be on the road for much of November, with the first conference home game not scheduled until Friday, Dec. 1, when Cleveland State will visit Copperweld Arena. Tipoff for the women's contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

LaTanya Collins named head coach of Motlow State women's basketball program

July 24, 2017

LaTanya Collins has been hired as the new head coach of the Motlow State Community College women's basketball program effective July 17, according to Scott Shasteen, Motlow athletics director.

LaTanya Collins
Collins was recently promoted to associate head coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore, where she spent the previous season as an assistant coach. Despite the promotion at Coppin State, Collins was one of 68 applicants to apply for the open position at Motlow and was selected from a group of seven finalists.

"LaTanya has significant experience coaching on both the high school and the college level," said Shasteen. "She has displayed a strong ability to recruit and mentor student-athletes throughout her career, and she will be an exciting addition to the winning culture we are building in the Motlow athletics department. The College family, as well as our surrounding communities, will enjoy her enthusiasm and her ability to lead young women towards a better life. That's what we are about at Motlow; providing opportunities for young people to improve their lives."

Prior to Collins' season at Coppin State, she spent two years as an assistant to the head coach/director of student-athlete development at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg from 2014-16.

Before Virginia Tech, she was the head girls basketball coach at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond, Virginia (2013-14) and Atlee High School in Hanover, Virginia (2011-13). She served as an assistant coach at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, during the 2009-10 season, assisting with recruiting, coaching post and guard players, and supervising camps.

Collins also brings head coaching experience to Motlow. She guided the women's basketball program at Southern Vermont College in 2005-06, and at St. Augustine's University in 2006-07. After inheriting a squad at St. Augustine's that had finished 6-22 the previous season, she helped turn the program around, winning 18 games the next season and recording the second-highest team grade point average in the conference.

She began her coaching career on the high school level at Charles City (Va.) High School in 2000. Previously that year she earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia State University in St. Petersburg, Virginia. She earned her master's degree in 2015 from California University of Pennsylvania.

Collins replaces former Lady Bucks' head coach Bart Walker, who resigned in April to become head coach at Northwest Florida State College. Motlow finished the 2016-17 season with a 27-6 record, tied for the most wins in school history, and advanced to the national women's tournament for the first time in program history.

Lewis County standout Mattie King joins Motlow State Lady Bucks basketball program

June 8, 2017

Lewis County High School standout Mattie King recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College.

King, from Hohenwald, played for Head Coach Larry Helton at Lewis County and earned all-District honors in 11-AA following both her junior and senior seasons. In addition, she was named to the district all-tournament team in each of her final two seasons.

"Mattie is going to give us added depth at our guard position," said Donnie Woods, interim head coach of the Lady Bucks. "She is an incredible young lady who will fit in well with our program. With her heart and determination, she is going to be a tremendous piece of the puzzle for the Lady Bucks' family."

Motlow is currently interviewing potential candidates for the head coaching position, which has been open since Bart Walker resigned in April. The Lady Bucks are coming off the best season in school history, advancing to the national tournament and finishing with a 27-6 record.

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Mattie King
Lewis County High School basketball standout Mattie King recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. King, from Hohenwald, is a point guard who can distribute the ball, drive the lane and shoot the three pointer. Joining her in the photo is Donnie Woods, Motlow women's basketball interim head coach. Photo provided.

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