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Lady Bucks' tournament run ends in Texas with narrow loss to South Georgia Tech

March 20, 2017

After trailing in the first five minutes 15-2, then fighting all the way back to lead by one point with five minutes to play, the Motlow State Lady Bucks saw their basketball season come to a close with a 64-56 loss to South Georgia Tech (SGAT) in the opening round of the NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in Lubbock, Texas on Monday.

The Lady Bucks (27-6) enjoyed the greatest season in school history, tying the all-time record for wins in a season and advancing to the national tournament for the first time in program history. Motlow started playing women's basketball in 1974. The 1989-90 team also won 27 games.

After trailing 16-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bucks stormed back to outscore SGAT 25-12 in the second quarter to lead 31-28 at the half. Sara Vujacic was the key for Motlow, connecting on three 3-pointers and scoring 12 first-half points.

After SGAT jumped in front 36-33, Vujacic hit a three-pointer to tie the game. SGAT answered with a three of its own, but Vujacic stole the ball and scored the layup and Motlow trailed 39-38 with 4:30 left in the third quarter. Sydney Floyd hit a three-pointer for Motlow and Tamiah Stanford scored a layup, and the quarter ended with Motlow on top 43-42.

Shalyn Washington scored six points for the Lady Bucks in the final quarter to keep Motlow close, but in the final five minutes SGAT took control and outscored Motlow 11-0 before Vujacic hit her final basket with one second remaining.

Vujacic led Motlow with 17 points, while Sydney Floyd scored eight, Kienya Jones and Washington had six, and Tamiah Stanford, Ty Jones, Aja Robertson and Ebony Shaw each had four. Stanford led the Lady Bucks with six rebounds and four assists.