UTM gals stopped short in OT

UTM gals stopped short in OT
CHARLESTON, Ill. — With six seconds left in the five-minute overtime period, Eastern Illinois’ Sydney Mitchell made the front end of two free throws to give the host Panthers an 86-85 lead against UT Martin.
Freshman Perica Glenn grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw and the Skyhawks had two seconds to go the length of the court and get a potential game-winning shot off.
Instead, freshman Jasmine Newsome committed the third of four UTM turnovers in overtime and Eastern Illinois managed to get the ball back and Mariah King iced the 88-85 Ohio Valley Conference victory with two free throws for the Panthers.
King, who was 10-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line, finished the game with a team-best 22 points.
“We needed to get a stop or two in the overtime and we didn’t,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan said. “We had everything we wanted at the end and just didn’t execute.”
The Skyhawks took charge early in the overtime when junior Taylor Hall knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Skyhawks a 79-76 lead. EIU’s Kelsey Wyss tied the game at 79-all when she hit a 3.
For the evening, the Skyhawk women shot 74 percent from the free throw line, making 14-of-19 attempts. The team also committed 16 turnovers.
Freshman Jaclissa Haislip led the Skyhawks with a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
She also made 6-of-13 3-pointers. Newsome had 19 points and Heather Butler scored 10 points.
With the loss, the Skyhawk fall to 16-10 overall and 11-4 in the OVC. Eastern Illinois improves to 15-11 and 10-5 in the league.
The Skyhawks return to action Saturday at Southeast Missouri.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center.

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