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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 18

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 18

Locals best efforts
not enough at UTM

The Union City High School products within the UT Martin basketball fraternity did their parts.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
UCHS grads MJ Brown and Marquis Weddle each offered 11 points, but the Skyhawk men fell 73-66 to Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Meanwhile, 2009 Union City graduate Labrica Ward had her best game at the college level with a career-best 23 points during the UTM women’s 63-55 defeat.
Ward shot 7-of-12 from the field, hitting a pair of 3-pointers along the way.
For the season, the Skyhawk women are now 3-13 (1-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play). The UTM men are 2-14 (0-7 in league play).

Lady Vols hang on
to beat Vanderbilt

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Glory Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds as fourth-ranked Tennessee hung on to beat Vanderbilt 64-57 on Sunday night.
The Lady Volunteers (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled to stop the Commodores’ outside shooting. Van-derbilt (13-5, 2-3) hit 10-of-19 from 3-point range.
Elan Brown hit a shallow jump shot with 1:41 left to cut Tennessee’s lead to 57-55.
Johnson answered by driving through the lane and hitting a jump shot.
The Lady Vols, who hit an uncharacteristically low 57.7 percent of their free throws, sank five of their last six to seal the win.
Merideth Marsh led Vanderbit with 23.
and hit five 3s, and Brown added 10.

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