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Record number of 3-balls fall as Skyhawks trip Murray St.

Record number of 3-balls fall as Skyhawks trip Murray St.

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 10:52 am

Record number of 3-balls fall as Skyhawks trip Murray St.

Butler’s Big Night — Freshman guard Heather Butler led the Skyhawk women’s basketball team to a win over rival Murray State with an offensive explosion of 37 points, including a record-tying seven connections from 3-point land. Photo courtesy UT M
MARTIN, Tenn. — Heather Butler, the 5-6, freshman guard from Medina, scored a career-high 37 points and led The University of Tennessee at Martin (7-5, 2-1 OVC) to an 89-78 victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe Murray State (2-9, 0-3 OVC) Wednesday night in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
The Skyhawks hit 14 3-pointers and set a new school record for most 3-pointers made in a game. Butler made seven of the treys and tied a school record for most 3-pointers made in a single 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 game. “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 action, the Skyhawks found 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. Butler hit four of the treys.
Murray State shot a blistering 57 percent in the first half, knocking down 16-of-28 from the field and three 3-pointers. Mariah Robinson led the Racers with 11 first-half points and all three treys. She finished the game with 19 points. Jessica Winfrey tossed in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Tessa Elkins added 10 points.
The Skyhawks built a 19-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half, outscoring the Racers 29-10. Murray State used a 10-2 run capped off by Elkins’ layup 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, from Millington, 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.
Senior Alecia Weatherly tied her career-best with 12 rebounds as the Skyhawks out-rebounded the Racers 43-32.
With the victory the Skyhawks have now won eight consecutive home games in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The streak dates back to Jan. 30, 2010, when the Skyhawks beat Murray State.
The Skyhawks will hit the road again when they travel to Kentucky for a pair of games against national powers Louisville tonight (Tuesday) and Kentucky on Thursday.
UT Martin (7-5) will try to extend its three-game winning streak when it plays Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.
Louisville is 9-5 on the season and currently 2-2 in its last four games. The Cardinals claimed a Big East win over Cincinnati, followed by losses to Marist and Houston before defeating No. 21 Nebraska in the Duel in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
UT Martin will make the short trek from Louisville to Lexington to play nationally ranked Kentucky on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT.

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