Contact: Dominic Tharpe
Sept. 10, 2014
A new era is set to begin for the Motlow Lady Bucks basketball program when it opens the 2014-15 season by hosting Snead State on Friday, Oct. 31, at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
First-year head coach Dominic Tharpe, a former Motlow player and men's assistant coach, recently announced the schedule for his first Lady Bucks team. The 25-game regular season will end on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, with a trip to Columbia State.
Six sophomores return for their second season at Motlow as part of Tharpe's first Lady Bucks squad. They will be joined by seven newcomers, including five freshmen and two sophomore transfers.
A week after opening the season, the Lady Bucks will jump right into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action when they host Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 7, and Columbia State the following day.
"I feel like the schedule is very favorable, but tough, with our conference games starting the second week of the season," said Tharpe. "It's great that we have a long home stretch early in the season against formidable opponents. Hopefully, the early home stint will allow the team time to come together before January, when we play five straight on the road."
The three home games to open the season is the longest home stand on the schedule for Motlow. On the other hand, most of the month of January will be spent on the road, beginning with a Jan. 8 trip to Hanceville, Ala. to face powerhouse Wallace State. The road swing ends on Jan. 24, four games later, in Gallatin against Volunteer State.
Additional non-conference opponents for the 2014-15 season include Snead State from Boaz, Ala., Gadsden State from Gadsden, Ala., and Lawson State from Birmingham.
The Lady Bucks will get ready for the season with three scheduled scrimmage dates, beginning with a traveling team from Canada coming to Copperweld Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Motlow will scrimmage at the Scenic City Jamboree in East Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 19, and travel to Nashville to scrimmage Fisk University on Oct. 24.
Following the regular season, the Lady Bucks will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, beginning Mar. 3. The winner of the TCCAA tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Salina, Kan., beginning Mar. 16.
"Our conference will definitely be a step up from last year, with so many experienced players returning," added Tharpe. "The TCCAA has a good mixture of veteran and young coaches that will produce some highly competitive conference games this season."
Start time for all weeknight games, including Friday, is 5:30 p.m. local time. All Saturday games will begin at 2 p.m. The Lady Bucks' 18 TCCAA conference games will be followed by the Motlow men's team facing the same school. Some non-conference games for the Lady Bucks are played separately from the men's schedule. Both Motlow teams will host Snead State for the season opener.
Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's The Ticket sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.
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