Motlow Lady Bucks sweep road trip, remain tied atop the TCCAA standings
The Motlow Lady Bucks equaled last season’s win total, both in the TCCAA conference and overall, by sweeping a pair of conference opponents on the road over the weekend.
Motlow (4-0, 8-2) remains tied at the top of the TCCAA standings with Walters State (4-0, 9-2) after traveling to Cleveland Friday and beating Cleveland State 74-57, then heading to Chattanooga Saturday and edging Chattanooga State 62-53. The back-to-back wins were the final conference games until after the holiday break. Motlow will host Roane State Jan. 11.
The Lady Bucks have more work to do before then though. They will host non-conference opponent Wallace State-Hanceville on Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m., then head to Washington D.C. for the Title IX Tournament Dec. 28-29. Motlow returns to its home floor Jan. 5, hosting Lawson State at 2 p.m.
Motlow dominated Cleveland State from the outset Friday, outscoring the home team 22-10 in the first quarter and leading 43-21 at the half, despite shooting only 28.9 percent from the field, including hitting 6-28 three pointers and 16-27 free throws. The key was Motlow had 90 shots during the game as compared to only 66 for the Lady Cougars, who connected on only 30 percent.
A pair of double-doubles led the way for the Lady Bucks, with Janna Lewis scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds along with three steals and three blocked shots. Azhane Bacot had her best game, scoring 12 points and hauling in 19 rebounds with five assists and two blocks. The 19 rebounds is tied for the ninth most in a single game in Lady Bucks’ history.
Tanisia Murphy added 14 points and six steals, Katie Thomas scored 13 and added five rebounds, Star Bell-Freeman had six points and 10 rebounds, and Dominique Fields scored six with four rebounds and four assists.
Lewis continued to play at an All-American pace in Saturday’s win over Chattanooga State, scoring 23 points and hauling in 19 rebounds as Motlow jumped out front 15-10 after one quarter and 28-19 at the half. Lewis leads the TCCAA in scoring, averaging 20 points per game, and is second in rebounds with 11.6 per contest.
Motlow shot the ball a little better Saturday, connecting on 39.3 percent from the field and hitting 13-19 free throws. The Lady Tigers, meanwhile, couldn’t find the range in their home gym, hitting only 4-25 three pointers and 9-23 free throws.
Murphy scored 11 points with a pair of rebounds, and Bacot pulled in 11 rebounds with five points and three blocked shots. Bell-Freeman scored 10 and had three blocks and two boards, and Thomas hit a pair of three pointers and scored eight points with three rebounds.