Skyhawk women turn it up to 11 against SEMO
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:02 am
Won’t Back Down — Skyhawk Alecia Weatherly (right) defends in the post against Southeast Missouri’s Baili Roberts during UT Martin’s home conference win on Wednesday night. Weatherly tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds to go along with her nine points as the Skyhawks improved to 11-8 on the season and 6-2 in the OVC. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
By Stephanie Sturgis
MARTIN, Tenn. — The Skyhawk women’s basketball team turned it up to 11 in their 92-62 home win over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks this past Wednesday night in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
Eleven different Skyhawks scored as the UT Martin women extended their homecourt winning streak to 11 games and notched their 11th victory of the 2010-11 season.
“This was definitely a big win to have at home,” the Skyhawks second-year head coach Kevin McMillan said.
UT Martin hasn’t lost on its home floor since Jan. 30, 2010). The Skyhawks will have a chance to extend the streak to an even dozen when they entertain host Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
The 11 triumphs this season matches the win total achieved in McMillan’s inaugural season at the Skyhawk helm. The Skyhawks’ record now stands at 11-8 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast Missouri falls to 6-12 on the season and 2-6 against conference foes. For UT Martin, the win keeps them in third place in the conference behind Tennessee Tech (6-1) at the top of the standings and Morehead (6-2), which defeated the Skyhawks in their only meeting of the season.
The 92 points UT Martin poured in to defeat the Redhawks was a season high, bettering the 91 points they scored in defeating Air Force on Nov. 23, 2010.
Plenty of those points came from the perimeter. The UT Martin women drilled 14 shots from the behind the 3-point line. That matches a Skyhawk record for most 3-pointers in a single game. Seven different UT Martin players nailed a 3-point shot. The Skyhawks attempted 41 shots from 3-point range.
Freshman guard Heather Butler led the way, connecting four times from behind the arc, including three in the game’s first 10 minutes. Jaclissa Haislip hit a trio of treys as part of her 11 points.
Both Butler and Haislip scored in bunches as the Skyhawks pulled away from Southeast Missouri. Butler, the nation’s leading freshman scorer coming into the game averaging 20.0 points per contest, tallied 13 of the Skyhawks’ first 25 points. Of those 13 points, nine came on shots from 3-point land. Thanks to the freshman from Medina, UT Martin was able to build a 25-16 lead with 9.29 still to play in the first half.
Milan product Perica Glenn then gave the Skyhawks a boost off the bench. Glenn, a 6-1 forward, in her eight minutes of first-half action tallied five points and grabbed six rebounds including three on the offensive end.
“Perica gave us huge minutes in the first half,” McMillan noted, while admitting that he is looking for more steady contributions in the paint from his interior players. “Post play is going to be the key for us.”
The Skyhawk lead peaked at 19 points in the first half, 47-28, on a Jasmine Newsome layup with 1:34 to play. When the horn sounded to signal the intermission, UT Martin held a 47-30 advantage.
At the half, UT Martin had outrebounded Southeast Missouri, 24-19. In addition to Glenn’s six rebounds, the Skyhawks got six caroms from Alecia Weatherly. Bailie Roberts topped the Redhawks with five rebounds.
Butler’s 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting led all scorers. Teammate Beth Hawk, who hit twice from behind the 3-point line, had nine points, as did Newsome. Roberts led Southeast Missouri with nine points.
As a team, UT Martin shot 45.7 percent (16-of-35) from the floor in the first half, while Southeast hit on 41.4 percent (12-of-29) of its shots. From 3-point range, UT Martin hit 31.8 percent (7-of-22), while the Redhawks connected on 21.4 percent (3-of-14).The Skyhawks took care of the ball, turning it over only four times in the opening 20 minutes. Southeast Missouri had nine turnovers at the halftime break.
When the second half got under way, it was Haislip’s turn to catch fire. The 6-0 freshman from Murfreesboro drilled three consecutive 3-pointers as part of a 14-2 UT Martin run to open the half.
Ahead 61-32 with 16:38 still remaining in the game, McMillan soon went to his bench, rotating players frequently through the remainder of the contest. The Skyhawk bench came through, never letting the lead dip below 26 and stretching it to a game-high 33 points, 87-57, on an Aubrey Reedy free throw with 2:19 to play.
Megan White closed the Skyhawks’ scoring with a 3-pointer for the 92nd point with 56 ticks on the clock in UT Martin’s 92-62 victory.