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UT Martin women continue to struggle away from home

UT Martin women continue to struggle away from home
AMES, Iowa — The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team fell 78-36 to the eight-time Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green State University Falcons on the final day of the American Family Insurance Cyclone Shoot-Out. The Falcons, who were an NCAA Sweet 16 team last year, held the Skyhawks to their lowest point total all year and limited them to only 14 points in the first half.
Four Skyhawks netted eight points on the day to lead the limited scoring attack, while Phyllisha Mitchell and Marie Goyette pulled down seven and six rebounds, respectively. With the loss, the Skyhawks drop their eighth consecutive and fall to 3-10 on the year.
Bowling Green shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from behind the arc en route to posting a season-high 78 points on UT Martin. The 14 first-half points for the Skyhawks was the lowest single half output since last season’s match-up with the eventual national champion Tennessee Lady Vols.
To open the game, both teams exchanged baskets in the first three minutes and the Skyhawks were 3-of-4 from the field as the score was tied 6-6. The Falcons opened up an 11-6 lead on five consecutive points from Kate Achter before Mitchell connected on a jumper for UT Martin at the 15:24 mark. The Skyhawks wouldn’t score again until over nine minutes later at the 6:01 mark when Goyette hit a running jumper to end Bowling Green’s 8-0 run.
The Falcon’s answered Goy-ette’s jumper with another 8-0 run to move the score to 28-12 with 4:52 remaining. Jennifer Angler ended the run this time with a jumper at the 4:52 mark, which would be the last score of the half for UT Martin. Bowling Green finished the half with 11 unanswered points to carry a 40-14 lead into the break.
In the second half the Falcons continued their assault on the Skyhawks’ defense, running their lead to 31 by the 16-minute mark. They continued to extend their lead until it reached its highest point of 44 late in the game. Crystal Fuller’s jumper with 3:08 left to play proved to be the last basket of the game, setting the final margin at 78-36.
Lauren Prochaska and Achter, with 15 and 14 points respectively, led all scores and Bowling Green had nine players record at least five points on the day. Each member of the Falcons’ 12-player travel roster saw at least 10 minutes of playing time..
“We didn’t have any effort today from the start of the day all the way to the end,” said Skyhawk head coach Tara Tansil. “We are still low on numbers [on the roster] and we will rest tomorrow on our travel day, but after that we will be back at work to get ready for the conference schedule.”
The Skyhawks will now return home to Skyhawk Arena, where all three of their wins have come this season, to face Samford in an Ohio Valley Conference match-up on Saturday. UT Martin split with Samford last season, with each team winning on its home floor. The new year tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Skyhawk ticket office.

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