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Local Labrica guides UTM

Local Labrica guides UTM
The UT Martin women are on a roll and a local gal is a big part of the success.
Union City native Labrica Ward turned in a career-night as the Skyhawks claimed a third straight victory, outlasting Tennessee State 60-51 on Saturday night .
Ward netted 25 points to set a new career-high mark, while also pulling down a career-best 12 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.
Alecia Weatherly added 21 points on the night to give UTM its first game this season with multiple 20-point scorers.
On the men’s side, UT Martin shot 61 percent in the first half to build a 36-27 lead at halftime against the TSU men.
However, the Skyhawks fell behind with a little over five minutes left in the game and never recovered, falling 74-68 to the Tigers.
Union City product Marquis Weddle poured in a game-high 25 points (20 in the first half) for UTM, which shot 50 percent for the game (25-for-50).
In his third straight start, freshman Terrance Coleman was efficient with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the Skyhawks.
The UT Martin men host Southeast Missouri Tuesday night.
The Skyhawk women return to action Thursday at Jacksonville State.
UTM 60, TSU 51 (W)
For the third consecutive game, the Skyhawks opened with a Ward 3 on their first possession.
The trey helped spark a 12-0 run by UT Martin (7-15, 5-7 in Ohio Valley Conference play) over the first 4:30 of the game. During the spurt, Weatherly scored eight consecutive points.
Tennessee State got its first bucket of the night at the 15:30 mark when Meredith Stafford connected for a trey.
UT Martin answered Stafford’s bucket on its next possession with a running jumper from Ward but then went cold from the field and didn’t connect on another field goal until the 6:11 mark.
Ward netted 13 points to lead all scorers at the break, while Weatherly added 10.
TSU 74, UTM 68 (M)
Jacquan Nobles scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Wil Peters had 19 points for Tennessee State, which shot 50 percent (13-for-26) in the second half.
A jumper by Benzor Simmons opened the game’s scoring at the 19:16 mark, and UT Martin (3-19, 0-12 in OVC play) would jump out to an early 7-4 lead before the Tigers used a 7-0 run over the next 1:18 to go up by four points.
The Skyhawks kept chipping away at the Tennessee State lead before a lay-up by MJ Brown put the Skyhawks up 18-17.
Brown finished with four points and three assists in his 15 minutes of action for UT Martin.

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