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Balanced Lady Bucks keep home record perfect heading into postseason push
Feb. 20, 2017
The Motlow State Lady Bucks completed an unblemished home record and set themselves up for a strong postseason push when they hosted and beat Dyersburg State 69-46 Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.
Motlow State co-captain Kienya Jones eyes the basket while shooting a free throw during the Lady Bucks' 66-53 win over Southwest Tennessee at Copperweld Arena Wednesday night. Jones, a sophomore from Evanston, Ill., had double-doubles in both Motlow wins this past week. She is one of the state's top players this season, averaging 12.3 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Lady Bucks (23-4, 14-2), ranked No. 22 in the country in the most recent NJCAA national poll, won all 12 home games this year, including a 66-53 win over Southwest Tennessee last Wednesday. Motlow will complete its regular season this week, with trips to Columbia State on Wednesday and Jackson State Saturday.
The Lady Bucks are locked into second place in the TCCAA standings, barring an upset loss by leader Walters State this week, and will likely have the No. 2 seed heading into the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins March 6 in Morristown on the Walters State campus. The tournament winner earns a berth in the women's national tournament, scheduled for March 20-25 in Lubbock, Texas.
LADY BUCKS 66 SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE 53
The Lady Bucks started strong against the Lady Saluqis on Wednesday, leading 13-8 after one quarter. Motlow's shooting touch temporarily escaped in the second stanza though, and the Lady Bucks only led by one, 28-27, at intermission. However, they surged ahead 46-40 after three quarters and won going away by outscoring Southwest TN 20-13 in the final quarter.
Kienya Jones continued her outstanding sophomore season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sara Vujacic scored 15 points with two rebounds and two assists, and Tamiah Stanford had 11 points, six assists and four rebounds. Ebony Shaw added five points and three rebounds, Aja Robertson scored four with five rebounds, and Shalyn Washington had four points and two rebounds.
LADY BUCKS 69 DYERSBURG STATE 46
Motlow took advantage of the opportunity to avenge one of its conference losses earlier this season by jumping on the visiting Lady Eagles early and never trailing. The Lady Bucks led 16-9 after one quarter and 34-19 at the half, then blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 22-11.
Jones had her second double-double of the week by scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists. Sydney Floyd was the game's high scorer with 15 points. Vujacic scored 13 points and added three steals, Stanford had a double-double with 10 points, 10 assists, four steals and three rebounds, and Washington scored 10 points with a pair of rebounds.
Saturday's win gave Lady Bucks' Head Coach Bart Walker his 240th career victory against only 75 losses in his 11 years as a head coach. Motlow's 23 wins is the third most in school history, trailing only the 2005-06 team with 25 and the 1989-90 squad, which set the school record with 27 wins. Both of those teams finished their seasons with four losses.