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Dec. 13, 2016
The Motlow Lady Bucks ended the first half of their 2016-17 basketball season on a six-game winning streak, capped off by a come-from-behind 65-61 win over Itawamba Community College Saturday afternoon in Fulton, Miss.
The Lady Bucks (12-2, 5-0) entered the contest ranked No. 24 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The win in Mississippi was Motlow's third of the week. The Lady Bucks hosted Gadsden State on Dec. 7 and won 76-53, then welcomed the Cumberland University JV into Copperweld Arena on Friday, Dec. 9, beating them 96-60.
Motlow will now have a month before they play again, welcoming Itawamba to the Moore County campus on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Conference play resumes on Friday, Jan. 13, when Walters State comes to town. The Lady Bucks and Lady Senators are tied atop the TCCAA standings with identical 5-0 conference records.
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Motlow jumped all over the Lady Cardinals from the outset, leading 22-10 after one quarter and 42-24 at the half. The Lady Bucks dominated the paint, winning the rebounding battle 39-23 and shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
Sara Vujacic paced Motlow's scoring with 18 points, while Kienya Jones had 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sydney Floyd added 10 points, five boards and three steals, while Tamiah Stanford had nine rebounds and seven assists and Tybriann Jones chipped in nine boards. Shalyn Washington came off the bench with six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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Playing at noon for perhaps the first time in school history, the Lady Bucks welcomed over 500 area elementary school children to Copperweld Arena on Friday. Motlow did not disappoint, dominating the visitors from start to finish with a 48-28 halftime lead.
Stanford, a quick point guard from Radcliff, Ky., had one of her best games so far with 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Jones added 12 points and five boards, Vujacic had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists, Floyd scored 10 with five rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Miranda Boutwell came off the bench to hit three 3-point shots and score 11 points.
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Saturday afternoon the Lady Bucks had their hands full on the home floor of the Lady Indians in Fulton. The lead changed hands consistently throughout the first half, which ended with Motlow leading 30-29. Itawamba built a seven point lead midway through the third quarter before Floyd, who led Motlow in scoring last season, connected on back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 47-46, after three quarters.
In the fourth it was Washington, who has consistently improved in the early season, who proved to be the spark with three consecutive baskets and multiple critical rebounds.
However, it was Kienya Jones who proved to be the difference maker for Motlow overall, scoring 19 points on 8-10 shooting and hauling in 12 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocked shots. Vujacic continues to be extremely consistent for the Lady Bucks, finishing with 15 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Floyd added 10 points and five rebounds, Stanford had six points, 10 assists and three rebounds, Ty Jones had five points and eight rebounds, and Washington finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.
Motlow State sophomore Kienya Jones, shown against Gadsden State, scored in double figures in all three games over the weekend, including a double-double in Saturday's win over Itawamba, as the No. 24 ranked Lady Bucks extended their winning streak to six. Jones, recently named a co-captain of the team, averages 11.6 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Dec. 5, 2016
The Motlow State Lady Bucks remain tied atop the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings after traveling to southeast Tennessee and sweeping a pair of games over the weekend.
The Lady Bucks (9-2, 5-0) traveled to Chattanooga Friday night and jumped out to a 17-0 lead on their way to a 74-43 win over the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers. On Saturday, the Lady Bucks trailed by a point after one quarter but fought back to earn a 60-51 win over Cleveland State.
Motlow will return home and step outside the TCCAA conference this week. On Wednesday, Gadsden State (Ala.) visits for a 7 p.m. tip in a contest that was originally scheduled for Nov. 29 but was postponed due to inclement weather. Friday, the Lady Bucks will play a rare noon game when the Cumberland University JV visits Copperweld Arena.
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The Lady Bucks were clicking on all cylinders from the start in Chattanooga Friday night. After jumping out to the big lead, Motlow let the home team climb back to within 13 at 23-10 at the end of one quarter. The second quarter was all Lady Bucks though as they outscored the Lady Tigers 18-7 to take a 41-17 advantage into the intermission.
Thirteen different Lady Bucks got into the scoring column, with Sara Vujacic leading the way with 13 points. The talented freshman also added three rebounds and two blocked shots. Kienya Jones, who has become the team's most consistent player, scored 11 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Sydney Floyd added 10 points, Aja Robertson scored nine with six assists and five rebounds, and Ty Jones had eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Tamiah Stanford added six points, eight assists and three rebounds and Jewel Ledbetter had four points and four rebounds.
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After a sluggish start the Lady Bucks trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. However, three-point plays from Vujacic and Floyd keyed a 7-0 run to end the first half and Motlow led 29-20 at intermission.
After the Lady Cougars pulled to with five points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, the Lady Bucks once again went on a run, outscoring the home team 13-5 to lead after three quarters 47-34. Motlow hit its free throws down the stretch, connecting on 17-20 for the game.
Vujacic, who currently stands second in the TCCAA in scoring average, led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and six rebounds, while Floyd scored 13 and added five rebounds and three steals. Ty Jones had eight points and six rebounds and Stanford added seven points and four assists. Robertson continued to shine in her sixth-man role, scoring six points with three steals and two assists.
Motlow State standout Sydney Floyd, a sophomore from Murfreesboro shown from a game earlier this season, helped lead the Lady Bucks to a rare road sweep of Chattanooga State and Cleveland State over the weekend. The Lady Bucks will host Gadsden State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, then host the Cumberland University JV team at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Nov. 28, 2016
The Motlow Lady Bucks earned a split in their pair of games during the holiday weekend when they beat Central Georgia Tech 56-47 Sunday afternoon in Americus, Ga. On Saturday, Motlow dropped a 66-55 decision to the host school, South Georgia Tech.
The Lady Bucks (7-2, 3-0) will stay outside the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association when they welcome Gadsden State (Ala.) on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. Motlow will return to TCCAA play this weekend with a trip to Chattanooga State on Friday and Cleveland State on Saturday.
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The Lady Bucks were slow out of the gate in their opener Saturday, falling behind 20-14 after one quarter and 33-23 at the half. Motlow played even with the Lady Jets in the second half, but were not able to make up the deficit.
Poor shooting was the primary culprit for the Lady Bucks as they connected on only 37.5 percent of their shots from the field, including 2-16 from three-point range and 5-17 free throws. The host team won the rebounding battle 42-36, although Motlow's defense did force South Georgia Tech into 26 turnovers.
Kienya Jones led Motlow's offense with 15 points and added five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Sydney Floyd scored 14 with two assists and two steals, and Tamiah Stanford also scored in double figures with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Tybriann Jones added eight points and seven rebounds and Sara Vujacic scored six points with six rebounds.
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Motlow jumped out to a fast start on Sunday, leading 15-9 after one quarter and 25-19 at the half. However, it was the third quarter where the Lady Bucks outscored CGT 17-5, with Motlow using a 14-0 run to lead at one point 39-19.
The Lady Bucks didn't shoot the ball well once again, connecting on only 42 percent of their shots from the field, including 2-11 from three-point range and 6-19 free throws. Central Georgia Tech was even worse, hitting only 21.7 percent from the field, although they did make 19-21 free throws.
Kienya Jones once again led Motlow in scoring with 13 points while adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Floyd and Aja Robertson each added 12 points, four rebounds and four steals. Ty Jones hauled in nine rebounds to go along with four points, and Stanford scored seven and had five rebounds and four assists. Vujacic added four points but fouled out after only seven minutes of action.
Motlow Lady Bucks' sophomore Kienya Jones drives toward the basket earlier this season at Copperweld Arena. Jones combined for 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and six assists as the Lady Bucks split a pair of games over the weekend in Georgia. Motlow will host Gadsden State on Tuesday, then return to conference play on the road this weekend. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Nov. 21, 2016
The Motlow Lady Bucks basketball team won their fourth consecutive game Saturday afternoon when they beat visiting TCCAA rival Volunteer State 84-59 at Copperweld Arena.
The Lady Bucks (6-1, 3-0) are tied for first place in the conference as they prepare to step outside the league for a pair of games in Americus, Ga. this coming weekend. Motlow will face South Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. on Saturday, then play Central Georgia Tech on Sunday at 3 p.m. The next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 29, when non-conference opponent Gadsden State visits for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
The win over Volunteer State came on the heels of another impressive victory when the Lady Bucks traveled to Booneville, Miss. and beat Northeast Mississippi 60-53 last Thursday night.
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The Lady Bucks trailed the Lady Tigers 31-12 with five minutes remaining in the first half after being down 19-12 after one quarter. Motlow ended the half on a 9-0 run to trail 33-22. The Lady Bucks picked right back up after halftime, jumping out to an 8-0 run and finally tied the score at 34-34 with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Sara Vujacic, who led Motlow with 13 points, completed a three-point play to give Motlow a two point lead soon after and the Lady Bucks never trailed again. Despite going 0-11 from the three-point line and connecting on only 8-18 free throws, Motlow won because of great defense, holding the Lady Tigers to 34 percent shooting and forcing 24 turnovers.
Tamiah Stanford added 12 points for the Lady Bucks along with four rebounds and two assists. Kienya Jones scored 10 points and had seven rebounds, Ty Jones scored eight and led the team with 11 rebounds, Sydney Floyd had six points and six rebounds, and Aja Robertson scored nine and dished out three assists.
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Vujacic and Floyd were on target from the beginning during Saturday's win over Volunteer State. Motlow led 21-15 after one quarter and 39-33 at the half. Motlow came out in the second half on fire, helped by a pair of three pointers from Jewel Ledbetter, and outscored the visitors 31-12 in the third.
Vujacic, who averages 18.6 points per game, led all scorers with 22 points while adding five steals, four assists and four rebounds. Floyd scored 20 along with four rebounds and two steals. Stanford had 10 points and dished out seven assists along with three steals, Ledbetter scored eight, and both Ebony Shaw and Robertson had four points.
Nov. 14, 2016
Notice has been served.
The Motlow State Lady Bucks made a strong statement to the rest of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association over the weekend with a pair of wins in front of large, loud crowds at Copperweld Arena.
Friday night the Lady Bucks (4-1, 2-0) got 22 points, 14 rebounds and five steals from sophomore Kienya Jones as Motlow overwhelmed Columbia State 97-62. Saturday, sophomore Ty Jones had 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Lady Bucks blew out visiting Jackson State 76-52.
Motlow will next face a difficult road trip when they travel to Booneville, Miss. Thursday night for a contest against Northeast Mississippi, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Lady Bucks return to Copperweld Arena Saturday, hosting TCCAA rival Volunteer State at 4 p.m.
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Motlow jumped out of the gate quickly against the visiting Lady Chargers, leading 24-16 after one quarter and 57-38 at the half. The Lady Bucks dished out 26 assists on 35 made baskets, a very high ratio that shows unselfish play, and overcame 19 turnovers with 25 steals.
Freshman Sara Vujacic continues to be the Lady Bucks most consistent player. She finished the evening with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Along with Jones, who was unstoppable under the basket, Aja Robertson added 13 points and three assists, Tamiah Stanford scored eight with nine assists and five steals, Ty Jones had six points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Sydney Floyd had six points with four steals and two assists.
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Although the offensive production on Saturday was not quite as explosive as it had been Friday night, the Lady Bucks' domination of its opponent was no less impressive. After a sluggish start that saw them lead 15-12 after one quarter, Motlow extended its lead to 36-19 at the half and never looked back.
Ty Jones, a sophomore transfer from Southern Idaho University, was dominant with her 16 points and 17 rebounds. Vujacic was again her consistent self with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Also scoring in double figures was Kienya Jones with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists; and Stanford added 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots.
Floyd had six points along with a pair of rebounds and Taylor Hayes added four points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.
Motlow State Lady Bucks freshman Sara Vujacic shows her excellent shooting form during Friday night's 97-62 win over Columbia State. The Lady Bucks swept both the Lady Chargers and Jackson State over the weekend, and for the two games combined Vujacic scored 42 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and a blocked shot. Vujacic is averaging 19 points per game. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Nov. 7, 2016
Trailing after three quarters, the Motlow State Lady Bucks outscored the nation's 12th-ranked team 21-11 in the final stanza and upset Northwest Florida State College 59-52 Friday night on the opponent's home court in Niceville, Fla.
The Lady Bucks (2-1, 0-0), participating in the Quality Inn Classic, played again on Saturday and dropped an 87-71 decision to Pensacola State College. Motlow will host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Columbia State on Friday, Nov. 11, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The next day, conference opponent Jackson State visits Copperweld Arena for a 4 p.m. tip.
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Northwest Florida, where Lady Bucks Head Coach Bart Walker coached from 2008-2010, took the early lead 17-12 after one quarter and led 30-22 at halftime. Motlow crept closer though and only trailed 41-38 after three quarters. Motlow extended its lead to 11 points, 52-41, with six minutes remaining, but the home team fought back and closed the gap to four with under one minute to play.
In a game highlighted by stellar defense, the Lady Bucks shot 42 percent from the field but held the home team to 35 percent shooting. Motlow connected on 13-22 free throws and hit 4-10 from beyond the three-point line.
Sara Vujacic paced the Lady Bucks with 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals, including hitting 5-6 free throws. After the first week of the regular season, Vujacic is Motlow's leading scorer with an average of 17.7 points per game.
Sydney Floyd added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals, and is averaging 14 points and a team-high three steals through the first three games. Aja Robertson also scored in double figures with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Kienya Jones scored eight points with four rebounds, and Tybriann Jones had six points, three blocked shots, and led the Lady Bucks with nine rebounds. Tamiah Stanford scored five points with four assists and three steals.
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Foul trouble and turnovers were the story for Motlow in Saturday's loss. Trailing 45-29 at intermission, the Lady Bucks fought hard to get back in it and played Pensacola even during the second half. However, the deficit was just too much to overcome as Motlow had two players foul out and three more end the game with four fouls. The Lady Bucks committed 36 turnovers and had only two steals.
Floyd led the scoring Saturday with 20 points on 7-12 shooting, including 5-8 three pointers, and added seven rebounds. Vujacic was right behind her with 19 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Ty Jones was once again Motlow's top force on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking three shots to go along with seven points. Robertson again scored 10 and had a pair of rebounds and two assists. Stanford had nine points with three assists, and Kienya Jones added four points and three rebounds.
Friday's home opener against Columbia State will be preceded by a Veterans Day celebration and a tailgate party in front of Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free to Motlow athletic events and the public, alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited.
Nov. 2, 2016
The Motlow State Lady Bucks opened the 2016-17 basketball season by handing new head coach Bart Walker his first win at the school with a resounding 86-37 triumph over the Cumberland University JV squad on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Lebanon.
The Lady Bucks (1-0, 0-0) will travel to Niceville, Fla., to participate in the Quality Inn Classic this weekend. Motlow will face the nation's No. 12 ranked team, Northwest Florida State College, on their home floor at 5:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, in the same gym, the Lady Bucks play Pensacola State at 1:30 p.m. Motlow's home opener is Friday, Nov. 11, when conference rival Columbia State visits Copperweld Arena at 7:30 p.m.
"Overall I thought the energy on defense was maintained throughout the game," said Walker. "This contest gave our entire team the opportunity to showcase what they can contribute as a whole. Now that we have a real game on film, we have an opportunity to watch it together and correct our mistakes. This coming weekend is a huge challenge for us, but we're excited about the level of competition that we're going to face."
Freshman Sara Vujacic led the Lady Bucks with 19 points on 8-11 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. Sophomore Aja Robertson added 12 points and led the team in rebounding with eight, assists with five and steals with six. Kienya Jones also scored in double figures with 12 points while adding four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
The Lady Bucks had 27 steals as a team while only turning the ball over 11 times. Motlow dished out 22 assists on 36 made baskets, shooting 43 percent from the field and hauling in 49 rebounds.
Tamiah Stanford added 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Sydney Floyd scored nine points with seven rebounds and five steals, Shalyn Washington and Ebony Shaw each had six points, with Shaw adding three rebounds and three steals. Sepe Moore had five points, Taylor Hayes scored three with six rebounds, while Jewel Ledbetter and Lisa Jo Wygal added two points each.
Oct. 26, 2016
Taking over a program that has struggled to consistently win for almost a decade, Bart Walker, head coach of the Motlow State Lady Bucks basketball team, knew when he arrived on campus in April that his challenge was significant.
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Not only had the program found wins hard to come by in previous seasons, but Walker was hired late in the recruiting process. In addition, he had spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech, and it had been six years since he had last been a head coach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.
But the new man in charge of women's basketball at Motlow has been more than up to the challenge. He has assembled a group of talented student-athletes, led by four returning sophomores, and has created a schedule that should test his new team early and allow them to evolve into a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) contender by February.
"As they say in the coaching business, I probably over scheduled us for our first season," said Walker. "We want to test our team early against quality opponents and we most certainly did that. Hopefully, the tough schedule will benefit the team and the program in the long haul."
After a series of challenging scrimmages during the preseason, Walker will lead the Lady Bucks on the court for their first official game on Tuesday, Nov. 1, when they travel to Lebanon for a 3 p.m. contest against the Cumberland University JV. On Friday, Nov. 4, ironically, they take the floor against No. 12 ranked Northwest Florida State College at 5:30 p.m. in Niceville, Fla. The following day they will take on Pensacola State in the same gym at 1:30 p.m.
The home opener is the following Friday, Nov. 11, when the Lady Bucks will open conference play with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Columbia State at Copperweld Arena inside Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus. A tailgate party, sponsored by the Student Government Association, is scheduled to begin around 2:30 p.m. with food, games, face painting, and more. All Motlow students and the general public are invited to come to the front of Nisbett Center and help tip off the new season. The men's contest will begin at 5:30 p.m., and there is no admission charge to Motlow athletic events.
"Our young ladies should be commended on their commitment to the training it takes to condition their bodies for college basketball," added Walker. "Coaches can't coach effort and this team has played very hard during the preseason."
There are 29 games on the Lady Bucks schedule, including nine home-and-away series with TCCAA opponents. The final home conference game is Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, when Dyersburg State comes to Motlow for Sophomore Recognition Day. Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, against Cleveland State.
Road games against non-conference opponents include a trip to Americus, Ga., during Thanksgiving weekend to face South Georgia Tech and Central Georgia Tech. Motlow will go to Booneville, Miss., to play Northeast Mississippi on Nov. 17, and will head back to the Magnolia State to play Itawamba in Fulton on Dec. 10, the final game before the holiday break.
Play resumes in 2017 when Itawamba pays a return visit to Copperweld Arena on Jan. 10, the first of three home games in five days. The Lady Bucks will play four games in eight days, all on the road, from Jan. 20 â€“ 28. Motlow will face No. 5 ranked Walters State twice; at home Jan. 13 and in Morristown Feb. 10.
The TCCAA rotates men's and women's game times during the season for conference games. Prior to the holiday break, the men play first, and after Jan. 1 the women play first.
2016-17 Women's Basketball Team - Seated, from left, Kienya Jones, Tamiah Stanford, Sydney Floyd, Taylor Hayes, Camecia Graham, Aja Robertson, and Sepe Moore. Standing, from left, Zack Banks, assistant coach; Ebony Shaw, Sara Vujacic, Jewel Ledbetter, Shalyn Washington, Bart Walker, head coach; Tybriann Jones, Lisa Jo Wygal, Zykirria Washington, Miranda Boutwell and Donnie Woods, assistant coach.
Sept. 27, 2016
After being hired as head coach of the Motlow State women's basketball program in April, Bart Walker immediately began to assemble his first recruiting class. Although the late hire and start date put him behind the curve on this first year's prospects, Walker has brought in an impressive group of newcomers around four returning sophomores.
Walker came to Motlow after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. In 10 years as a head coach at the junior college level, Walker has amassed a 217-71 overall record and taken three different teams to the elite eight round of the national tournament. His staff includes assistant coaches Donnie Woods and Zack Banks.
"I appreciate the opportunity to be the head coach at Motlow," said Walker. "The entire Motlow family has been nothing but supportive in the short time I have been on campus. The community as a whole has welcomed me and my team with open arms and has shown strong support for the direction this athletic department is going."
The four returnees contributed significantly to the Lady Bucks' late season run last year when, playing with only seven players, the Motlow women won their final four regular season games under interim head coach Arthur Latham, who is an assistant coach with the men's program.
"Our four returning players set the tone for this program last spring with their effort and commitment," added Walker. "They have bought into the new culture we are creating at Motlow and I am counting on them to set a good example both on the court and in the classroom for this team."
Sydney Floyd is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder. Floyd, who played her prep basketball at Stewarts Creek in Rutherford County, averaged 15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest while shooting 80 percent at the free throw line during the 2015-16 season.
Joining Floyd as a returning sophomore for the Lady Bucks are three more in-state players. Aja Robertson is from Bells and played high school at Crockett County. She averaged eight points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season.
Taylor Hayes came to Motlow last year from White Station in Memphis and had a productive freshman season, averaging 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Camecia Graham is from John Overton High School in Nashville and averaged 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last year.
Joining the four returners on the Motlow roster for 2016-17 are in-state freshmen Miranda Boutwell, who played her high school basketball at Perry County in Linden, Sepe Moore, from Northeast High School in Clarksville, Zykirria Washington from Antioch High School, and Ebony Shaw from Southwind High School in Memphis.
Out-of-state talent includes freshmen Jewel Ledbetter, from Westlake High School in Waldorf, Md.; Tamiah Stanford, a point guard from North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Ky.; Lisa Jo Wygal from Thomas Nelson High School in New Haven, Ky.; and Sara Vujacic, the sister of NBA veteran Sasha Vujacic, who is from Maribor, Slovenia.
Newcomers who have transferred into Motlow this season are sophomores Kienya Jones, who played her freshman season at Eastern Florida State College and high school at Niles North in Evanston, Ill.; Tybriann Jones, who spent her freshman year at the College of Southern Idaho and played in high school at Nathaniel Narbonna in Hawthorne, Ca.; and Shalyn Washington, who spent her freshman year at Frederick Community College and is originally from Highland Springs, Va.
"This group as a whole has worked extremely hard in the offseason," continued Walker. "They have shown tremendous growth in both their conditioning level and their attention to detail. We have had a number of Division I programs come in to evaluate our players, and I'm excited about the foundation that is being laid for the future of Lady Bucks' basketball."
The Lady Bucks will open the Bart Walker era on Nov. 1, when they travel to Lebanon to take on the Cumberland University JV. They will follow that with a trip to Niceville, Fla., where they will play a pair of powerful programs in Northwest Florida State and Pensacola State. The first home game is Nov. 11, when Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Columbia State visits Copperweld Arena, with the women's tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Copperweld Arena is inside Nisbett Center on Motlow State's Moore County campus. There is no admission charge for Motlow athletic events.
Sophomore Sydney Floyd is the top returning scorer and rebounder for the Motlow Lady Bucks. Floyd, who played high school basketball at Stewarts Creek in Smyrna, averaged over 15 points and almost six rebounds per game last season. Floyd is one of four returning sophomores for the Lady Bucks, who open the season Nov. 1 in Lebanon against the Cumberland University JV. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
July 13, 2016
Former Clarksville Northeast High School basketball standout Sepe Moore recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Sepe for the ceremony are, seated from left; Shrue Moore (mother) holding sister Maddy, Sepe, and Kent Moore (father) holding brother Gibbo. Standing, from left; Donnie Woods, Motlow assistant coach; Sepe's sister Melanie and Bart Walker, Lady Bucks' head coach. Motlow State photo.
May 26, 2016
Miranda Boutwell, who played her prep basketball at Perry County High School in Linden, Tenn., recently signed a national letter of intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Miranda for the ceremony are, front row from left; father Randy Boutwell, Miranda and her mother Missy Boutwell. Standing, from left; Donnie Woods, Lady Bucks' assistant coach, and Bart Walker, head coach. Motlow State photo.
May 20, 2016
The Motlow State Community College women's basketball program has begun its rebuilding process under new head coach Bart Walker with the signing of Kentucky prep product Lisa Jo Wygal from Bardstown, Ky., according to Walker.
Wygal was a four-year varsity starter on the Thomas Nelson High School basketball team as well as a member of the school's volleyball and soccer teams. According to Walker, her ability as an all-around athlete added to her appeal as a prospect.
"With Lisa Jo being our first signee, she helps set a solid foundation as we begin to implement a new culture in our women's basketball program," said Walker. "She is a multi-position player who is versatile and very committed to working both in the classroom and on the court.
"I'm determined to fill my roster with players who have high character and a strong work ethic," added Walker. "Lisa Jo Wygal has an abundance of both."
Wygal amassed outstanding statistics in building her career at Thomas Nelson. During her four years on the varsity she scored 966 points, pulled down 464 rebounds, dished out 504 assists and also collected 173 steals.
In addition to her accomplishments on the basketball court, Wygal proved her ability in the classroom as well by being named to the all-academic team after each of her high school seasons.
Walker has been heavily involved in the recruiting process since his hiring was announced by Motlow State on April 13. He inherits a program that finished the 2015-16 season with an 11-16 record.
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Lisa Jo Wygal from Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, Ky., recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Lisa Jo for the signing ceremony are, front row from left, Nathan Brady, father; Cole Brady, brother, Lisa Jo, and Jessica Rogers, mother. Back row from left, Bart Walker, Motlow women's basketball coach; Dwayne Hogan, former Thomas Nelson High head coach; and Trey Dugan, former Thomas Nelson High assistant coach. Photo provided.
Apr. 14, 2016
Motlow State Community College has named Bart Walker the new head coach of the women's basketball program effective Apr. 13, according to C. Scott Shasteen, Motlow athletic director. He is the 12th head coach of the program, which began competition in 1974.
Walker comes to Motlow after serving the previous four years as an assistant women's basketball coach at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He served under Head Coach Jim Davis, who recently announced his retirement from coaching.
"We are thrilled to have a coach with the credentials that Bart Walker possesses joining our coaching staff at Motlow State," said Shasteen. "He has proven himself to be a winner at every stop in his coaching career. He is a tireless recruiter who understands the challenges of junior college and has consistently produced quality programs and quality student athletes."
Prior to his stay in Cookeville, Walker was the head basketball coach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. from 2008-2010. He compiled a 38-16 overall record, with his team being ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
Walker was women's head coach at Chattanooga State from 2004-2008, where he led the Lady Tigers to the 2006 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Region VII tournament championship and a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, where they advanced to the Elite Eight.
He began his head coaching career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. In 2000. The Lady Tigers were 81-35 during his four seasons. Hiwassee was a member of the TCCAA during Walker's time as head coach, winning the tournament championship and advancing to the national tournament in 2003 and 2004, advancing to the Elite Eight both seasons.
Walker began his coaching career in 1992 as a volunteer assistant at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., serving on Bill Carlyle's staff for seven years. He played for Carlyle at Walters State and graduated with an associate's degree in 1991. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1992 and his master's degree in education in 2000 from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
As a player at Lincoln Memorial he was the team captain and a recipient of the Lincoln Memorial Academic Award.
In his 10 years as a head coach, Walker has compiled an impressive 217-71 record with three Elite Eight appearances. He has recruited and developed six All-Americans and has won four Coach of the Year awards. Sixty of his players have gone on to become student-athletes at four-year universities.
Walker inherits a Lady Bucks' program that completed the 2015-16 season with an 11-16 overall record, including 7-11 in the TCCAA.
Feb. 15, 2016
The Motlow Lady Bucks finished the 2015-16 basketball regular season with four consecutive victories after beating visiting Volunteer State 68-61 Monday evening at Copperweld Arena. The win came on the heels of Saturdays come-from-behind 76-62 thriller over Jackson State.
The Lady Bucks (11-16, 7-11) will not participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins next week on Volunteer State's campus in Gallatin.
In addition to the strong finish to the season under Interim Head Coach Arthur Latham, the Lady Bucks also had three freshmen players chosen for Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) honors. Ajaycia Cotton and Aja Robertson were named second team all-conference, while Sydney Floyd was chosen to represent Motlow on the first team.
The three were instrumental in Motlow's late-season success, including the final two home wins that closed out the year. Against Jackson State they combined for 37 points, then combined to score 44 in the win over Volunteer.
The Lady Bucks trailed 12-2 after four minutes Saturday against Jackson before going on a 22-3 run to take a 34-26 halftime lead, then stretching that lead to 55-43 after three quarters. Despite missing 10 free throws, Motlow hit 8-17 three pointers and controlled the boards with 49 rebounds.
Floyd had her usual consistent game with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals. Cotton led Motlow's scoring with 14 and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Robertson chipped in 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Lady Bucks also got nine points and six rebounds, plus four blocked shots, from Makayla Liles.
Monday night against Volunteer State the Lady Bucks led by a slim margin for most of the contest, including a 35-29 halftime advantage. Cotton led all scorers with 19 points and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Floyd posted a double-double to end the year with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Taylor Hayes scored 11 points with six rebounds and three assists, and Robertson added nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Floyd ends her season averaging 15.6 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 steals. Cotton averaged 11.1, 3.0, 3.4 and 2.3; and Robertson averaged eight points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
All three players, along with Liles who set a new school record with 72 blocked shots, Hayes who averaged 7.2 points and four rebounds per game, and Camecia Graham who played extensively, are freshmen and will hopefully return to Motlow for their sophomore seasons.
The College has begun the process of a nationwide search for its next head women's basketball coach.