Wallace State’s basketball teams sweep Motlow State in final December home games


HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State’s basketball teams swept Motlow State at home on Monday night, wrapping up action at Tom Drake Coliseum until January.

The 22nd-ranked Lady Lions opened the night with an 84-62 victory, and the men successfully capped the doubleheader, squeaking out an 81-77 win.

Wallace State’s women’s team, winners of six consecutive games, had four players finish with double figures in a come-from-behind triumph. The Lady Lions limited Motlow State to only 25 points in the second half.

Sophomore Imari Martin posted a game-high 25 points for Wallace State (11-2), marking the fifth game she’s surpassed the 20-point plateau this season. Martin, the conference’s leading scorer, added seven rebounds and four assists.

Kyra Williams scored 19 points for the Lady Lions behind four 3-pointers, Tawana Nevels recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jasmine Baker pitched in with 11 points.

Freshman Jiselle Woodson added eight points and eight rebounds.

Motlow State led 24-18 after the first quarter and maintained a 37-35 edge at halftime.

Wallace State clamped down in the second half, outscoring the Lady Bucks 26-16 in the third quarter. Motlow State managed to score only nine points in the final stanza.

Wallace State is back in action on Dec. 28, making its annual post-Christmas trek to Memphis. The Lady Lions will play Three Rivers Community College on Dec. 28 and Southwest Tennessee CC on Dec. 29.

Men’s game

Wallace State 81, Motlow State 77

McLeon Charles poured in a game-high 22 points, converting a pair of huge free throws in the closing seconds, and the Lions (8-7) swept the season series against Motlow State.

Charles, who came in averaging 7.3 points per game, surpassed the 20-point mark for the second time this season. He was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line and added three 3-pointers.

Freshman point guard Eugene Leonard finished with 17 points for Wallace State, while Kendall Cotner scored 10.

Christopher Samson scored nine points for the Lions and Kendrick Foster and Akil Covington each added six points off the bench.

Wallace State stormed out to a 48-37 advantage by halftime.

Wallace State’s men are idle until Jan. 4, 2020, when the Lions host Coastal Alabama-East. 

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