Great Players in Motlow Lady Bucks Basketball History
Karen Carter (1974-1976)
Karen Carter was the first superstar to wear a Lady Bucks uniform, coming to Lynchburg in 1974 as head coach Pat Sarver was set to begin the school's inaugural women's basketball season. Carter, along with sister Linda who also played for Motlow, came from Decherd and attended Franklin County High School.
Forty years later, Carter still stands as Motlow's seventh-leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points during her career. Her 10.4 rebounds per game ranks second on the career list and was first until 2007 when T'Qwana Pendergrast finished with a 10.5 average.
Aljeanette Bramlett (1977-1979)
Aljeanette Bramlett came to Motlow College after a great high school career at Giles County in Pulaski, and is regarded as one of the top five players to ever wear a Motlow Lady Bucks uniform.
Aljeanette is third on the career scoring list with 1,072 points and second all time in scoring average at 20.1 points per game. She scored 570 points during her freshman season, which ranks sixth in school history, while averaging 22.8 points per game which is the third best single-season average on record.
Bramlett's 41 points in a single game in 1978 is fourth all-time, and was first until Roschelle Vaughn scored 44 in 1990. Bramlett also scored 37 during a game her sophomore season, which ranks ninth on the all-time single-game record list. She was part of one of Motlow's best teams which finished with a 22-5 record in 1978-79.
Aljeanette was named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association following her sophomore season. She went on to have an outstanding career at Vanderbilt, averaging 18.3 points and 7.5 rebounds her junior season and 16.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in her senior season.
Mary Smith (1988-1990)
Mary Smith is the all-time leading scorer in Lady Bucks history, amassing 1,138 points during her two-year career. Smith was a key member of Motlow's best women's team, joining with Roschelle Vaughn, Dana Bilyeu, and Traci Melton as the Lady Bucks compiled an all-time best 27-4 record during the 1989-90 season.
Mary is one of only two players listed twice among the top ten single-season scorers of all time. She totaled 617 points during her sophomore season and 521 points during her freshman campaign. Her 18.6 points-per-game scoring average is the fifth-best career mark, and she also is fourth in career steals with 198.
Roschelle Vaughn (1989-1991)
Roschelle Vaughn had the single greatest season in Motlow Lady Bucks history as a freshman during the 1989-90 season. Although an injury limited her participation during her sophomore campaign, Vaughn is widely regarded as the best player to ever wear a Lady Bucks uniform.
Vaughn is the all-time single season scoring leader for the Lady Bucks, scoring 756 points during her freshman campaign for an average of 25.2 points per game. In addition, she also pulled down the most rebounds ever during the same season, averaging 13.4 rebounds per game.
Roschelle's 25.4 points per game scoring average for her career is by far the top average in Motlow history. Her 44 points during one game in 1990 was the Motlow single-game record until it was tied by Erin Todd on November 7, 2006. Her 1,076 career points ranks sixth on the all-time career scoring list.
She continued her basketball career at Tennessee Tech and was named by Sports Illustrated as its women's Player of the Week in December, 1992 after averaging 19.7 points and 12 rebounds during three wins.
Roschelle was named to the All-American team by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in 1990, and was elected to the Tennessee Tech University Hall of Fame in 2002. She was the Ohio Valley Conference Athlete of the Year in 1993, and was named All-OVC and All-OVC Tournament in both 1992 and 1993.
Dana Bilyeu (1989-1991)
Dana Bilyeu is perhaps the best non-post player in Motlow Lady Bucks history and is the only Lady Buck whose name appears on three all-time career leader lists. She was a member of Motlow's best all-time team in 1989-90, although she was overshadowed by Roschelle Vaughn when it came to postseason honors.
Dana averaged 18.2 points per game during her career, sixth on the all-time career list. Her 1,039 points ranks her fourth all-time, behind Smith, Pendergrast, and Bramlett. She is sixth all-time in assists, averaging 4.8 per game, and finished her career with 211 steals, which is third all time.
Bilyeu's best season was her sophomore year, when she scored 621 points, second on the single-season list. She is also second in single-season points per game at 23.0. Her 123 steals during 1990-91 is tied for third all-time, and her 6.8 assists per game is fifth all-time for a single season.
She scored 38 points in one game in 1990, tied for sixth, and dished out 12 assists in one game during the same season which is tied for sixth as well. Her eight steals during one game is tied for fifth all-time, and she sank eight three-pointers in a game in 1991, which was the school record until Jennifer Moss tied it in 2003.
Dana went on to play collegiately at Tennessee Tech and received multiple honors, including being named Honorable Mention All-OVC in 1992, and the all-conference and all-tournament teams in 1993. She holds the all-time OVC Tournament record for three-point shots made in a single game with eight. She received the Frank Porter Award from Tennessee Tech coaches in 1993 and the John P. Hendrix Leadership Award in both 1992 and 1993.
T'Qwana Pendergrast (2005-2007)
T'Qwana Pendergrast had one of the greatest careers in the history of Lady Bucks basketball. She came to Motlow from Maplewood High School in Nashville. She is Motlow's all-time leading rebounder, averaging 10.5 boards per game during her career. She is also the school's second-leading all-time career scorer, pouring in 1,094 points for a 19.5 points per game average.
T'Qwana's 573 points during her freshman season is fifth on the single-season scoring list, followed by 521 points during her sophomore season, which is eighth all-time. She joins Mary Smith as the only two Lady Bucks to be listed twice in the top ten single season all-time scorers. Her 20.1 points per game during the 2005-06 season is the sixth-best all-time mark.
Pendergrast scored 38 points on March 11, 2006, which is the sixth best single-game mark in school history. She pulled down 21 rebounds during one game in 2006 and 19 during a game in 2005, both among the top ten single-game rebounding performances. She was a member of one of Motlow's best teams in 2005-06, a team that finished the season with a 25-4 record and an 18th position in the national polls. She was named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association following the 2006-2007 season.
T'Qwana originally committed to play at Middle Tennessee State University between her freshman and sophomore seasons at Moltow, but took her talents to Martin Methodist College following her sophomore season, joining former Lady Bucks teammates Kaneka Brown and Lauren Hudgins on the Lady RedHawks roster. She played professional basketball in Amsterdam.