The Motlow Lady Bucks will go on the road to East Tennessee this weekend with an opportunity to pick up their first TCCAA victory of the young season. Motlow plays at Roane State Friday night and Walters State on Saturday.
The Lady Bucks (0-8, 0-5) have shown steady improvement during the first month of the season against difficult competition. The opponents get no easier this weekend, but the chance to begin turning around their season is in front of the Motlow women.
Tipoff in Harriman Friday night against Roane State (5-5, 2-3) is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST. The Lady Raiders are in the middle of the TCCAA standings and coming off a split during a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Georgia.
Saturday the Lady Bucks will continue heading east to Morristown to face nationally-ranked Walters State at 1 p.m. CST. The Lady Senators (11-0, 5-0) are the defending TCCAA champions and currently ranked 11th in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Motlow has been paced in the early part of the season by former Shelbyville Eaglette Briana McDonald, who averages 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 45.8 percent from behind the three-point line and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
Lynchburg’s Erin Thomas averages 7.8 points per game and has also connected on 45.8 percent of her three-point shots and 75 percent of her free throw opportunities. Winchester sophomore Lacy Gaines has scored 6.5 points per game and leads the team with 2.5 steals per game.
The Lady Bucks are second in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 8.5 blocks per game. Sabrina Jackson leads the state with 22, Andi LaPietra has 17 and McDonald has blocked 10 shots.
—By C. SCOTT SHASTEEN, Motlow College Sports Information