Lady Bucks Cross 20-Win Plateau with Weekend Sweep, Face First-Place Showdown Friday

Motlow State guard Sara Vujacic looks for an open teammate during the Lady Bucks’ 75-56 win over Cleveland State Saturday at Copperweld Arena. Vujacic, a freshman from Slovenia, led Motlow with 21 points in the win. She currently averages 15.8 points per game, second in the TCCAA conference. [Photo by Jeff Reed Photography]

The Motlow State Lady Bucks reached the 20-win mark for the first time in over a decade with a pair of weekend wins over visiting Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) teams at Copperweld Arena.

The Lady Bucks (20-3, 11-1) remain tied with Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings. The two teams will play this Friday in Morristown, with the winner holding the inside track on the No. 1 seed in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, to be held March 6-10 in Morristown. Motlow’s last 20-win season came in 2005-06, when the Lady Bucks finished the season with a 25-4 record.

Only the winner of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament is guaranteed a spot in the national tournament in Lubbock, Texas in late March. However, Motlow’s sparkling won-loss record and its current No. 16 ranking in the national poll places the Lady Bucks in position to be considered for one of the eight at-large berths that will be awarded to the national tournament. Motlow has six regular season games remaining.


Friday night was a significant test for the Lady Bucks, as the Lady Tigers stormed into Copperweld Arena and took control, leading 18-11 after one quarter and 35-31 at the half. The Lady Bucks battled back in the second half, outscoring Chattanooga State 23-14 in the third quarter and 14-6 in the fourth, despite shooting only 37.9 percent from the floor for the game, including 3-11 from three-point range.

Kienya Jones led the Lady Bucks with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Shalyn Washington played perhaps her best game of the season, notching 13 points with seven rebounds. Sara Vujacic scored 12 with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Tamiah Stanford scored 10 with seven assists and three steals. Ty Jones added five points while pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out three assists.


Motlow shot the ball much better on Saturday, hitting 51 percent from the field, including 8-12 three pointers, and played unselfish basketball with 23 assists on 27 made shots while forcing 19 turnovers. The Lady Bucks led 24-15 after one quarter and 42-30 at the half. After only scoring seven points in the third quarter, the Lady Bucks outscored the Lady Cougars 26-16 in the final stanza.

Vujacic led the way with 21 points, connecting on 9-13 shots and 3-3 from behind the three-point line, and added four rebounds and two steals. Stanford scored 12 with eight assists, four steals and two blocked shots, and is second in the nation and first in the conference with an average of 7.1 assists per game. Kienya Jones had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, Sydney Floyd scored nine with three rebounds and Miranda Boutwell scored eight.

Motlow’s next home game will be Wednesday, Feb. 15, when Southwest Tennessee comes to Copperweld Arena for a 5:30 p.m. tip. The final home date is Feb. 18, with Dyersburg State visiting for Sophomore Recognition Day at 2 p.m.

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