Most UTM women have part vs. SEMO

Most UTM women have part vs. SEMO
The UT Martin women’s basketball team piled up a season-high 92 points from 11 players en route to a 30-point victory over visiting Southeast Missouri State Wednesday night.
The Skyhawks improved to 11-8 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference with the 92-62 triumph over the Redhawks. The Skyhawks have now won 11 consecutive games on their home court dating back to last January.
“This was a good overall game for us and a good one to have at home,” UT Martin second-year head coach Kevin McMillan said.
Gibson County product Heather Butler, the nation’s leading freshman scorer, led the Skyhawks with 17 points, while Jaclissa Haislip, Jasmine Newsome and Beth Hawn all added 11 points. Alecia Weatherly and Rickiesha Bryant added nine points each to UT Martin’s total.
The Skyhawks made 14-of-41 3-point attempts to tie a school record for most 3-pointers in a single game. Butler hit four of the 14 treys, while Haislip hit three in the second half.
The Skyhawks opened the second half with an 11-0 run and made their first four attempts from 3-point range to take a commanding 63-36 lead with 15:56 to play in the game. After Haislip made her third 3-ball, the Skyhawks only made one of their next 10 treys.
“I am proud of the way we played tonight,” McMillan said.
Despite four early lead changes, the Skyhawks shot 45 percent from the field and cruised to a 47-30 lead at halftime.
Butler scored 13 consecutive points in the first half. She knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and gave the Skyhawks a 23-16 lead with 10:39 to play. Butler finished the half with 16 points.
Newsome, who is the nation’s second leading freshman scorer, scored nine points and had six assists.
The Skyhawks also took advantage of freshman Perica Glenn, who played eight minutes. Glenn grabbed six rebounds and scored five points.
The Skyhawks return to action Saturday when they host Eastern Illinois in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

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