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UTM women’s basketball team falls to Samford at home for first time

UTM women’s basketball team falls to Samford at home for first time
UTM women’s basketball team falls to Samford at home for first time | University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball, Samford University, Skyhawk Arena, Skyhawks, OVC, Ohio Valley Conference

Tara Tansil
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team dropped a game to Samford University for the first time ever at Skyhawk Arena, when the Bulldogs out-scored the Skyhawks 62-46.
UT Martin was led in scoring by Victoria Carlile and Crystal Fuller who both netted 14 points on the night. Carlile was making her first appearance of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason.
With the loss, UT Martin has now lost nine straight contests, falling to 3-11 on the year and 0-3 in OVC play. Samford, which like the Skyhawks was also an OVC Final Four team last year, improves to 8-5 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.
The game began with Samford opening a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes before a Fuller layup put the Skyhawks on the board. UT Martin’s next six points came off back-to-back 3-pointers from Carlile. Samford held a steady lead for most of the half until the Skyhawks tied the game 20-20 on a Marie Goyette trey.
Answering the Goyette 3-pointer with a layup from Samford’s Monica Maxwell put the Bulldogs back on top for what would turn out to be the remainder of the game. Goyette’s second three of the first half cut the lead to one at 24-23, but again Samford was able to answer with an Alex Munday bucket.
In the second half, Samford again opened with a 7-0 run and used 50 percent shooting from the field to push its lead to as much as 18 with 12:55 left. After Sarah Stinson drew a foul, she drained a pair of free throws to draw the deficit to only 10. After an Emily London 3-pointer, Goyette answered with a jumper to cut the Samford lead to single digits with 6:09 remaining.
Samford again answered, closing the game on a 12-4 run that set the final margin at 62-46. Maxwell’s 14 points led the way for Samford and Taryn Towns and Munday added 11 and 10, respectively.
“We didn’t shoot the ball again and really let ourselves get into a hole tonight,” said Skyhawk head coach Tara Tansil. “After we got down, we didn’t close out the game well either. Tori Carlile was a bright spot for us though, we may have played her a little too much in spots, but she gave us a spark from behind the arc.”
After visiting Nashville to take on Tennessee State on Monday night and traveling to Charleston on Thursday to play Eastern Illinois, the Skyhawks return home to host Morehead State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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