|UTM Butler cleans house vs. Murray St. |
|Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:47 pm |
|UT Martin freshman Heather Butler dropped the bomb on Murray State Wednesday. |
The Gibson County product poured in a career-high 37 points and made seven 3-pointers — tying a school record for most treys hit in a single game — as the Skyhawk women triumphed 89-78.
All totaled, the UTM women (7-5, 2-1 in OVC action) hit 14 3-pointers to set a new school record for most trifectas bottomed in a game.
“I cannot be intimidated because my opponents are bigger than me,” Butler said. “I just try to do my job and play my role as a member of this team.”
The nation’s leading freshman scorer had no idea of her offensive prowess throughout the duration of Thursday’s contest.
“I was ready to have fun and compete,” Butler said. “We started slow but things worked out.
“We knew at the end we had to pick it up or they were going to get back in the game.”
After shooting just 20 percent from the field in the first four minutes of the game, UTM got into the zone and raced to a 45-39 halftime advantage.
The Skyhawks shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 13-of-26 and 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
On the other side, Murray State (2-9, 0-3) shot a blistering 57 percent in the first half, knocking down 16-of-28 from the field and a trio of 3-pointers.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Skyhawks built a 19-point lead, out-scoring the Racers 29-10.
Murray State used a 10-2 run to trim UT Martin’s lead to 11 points (76-65) with 7:05 to play in the game.
The Racers managed to cut the lead to 10 points twice, but that was as close as they could get.
Freshman Jasmine Newsome added 21 points to UT Martin’s tally, while junior Taylor Hall shot 50 percent from the field and hit four 3-pointers to finish the game with 13 points. Hall had five assists and seven rebounds.
UTM will hit the road again after Christmas when it travels to Kentucky for a pair of games against Louisville on Tuesday and Kentucky next Thursday.