|UTM ladies live well with 3’s |
|Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:34 pm |
| All season long, the UT Martin women have lived beyond the 3-point line. |
On Thursday night, a late-night Ohio Valley Conference tilt with visiting Eastern Kentucky, was no exception.
The Skyhawks made 10-of-29 3-pointers and crushed the Lady Colonels 75-57.
Thursday’s game was scheduled to start at 7:30, but because of two tornado warnings during the men’s game, Skyhawk Arena had to be evacuated twice. The women’s game tipped off at 9:33 p.m.
The victory marked the 15th consecutive time the Skyhawks have won in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center since Jan. 30, 2010.
The win also set up a battle royal for Saturday afternoon when UTM hosts Morehead State in their final regular season game. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
Both teams will enter the game with identical 13-4 records. To the victor will go the No. 2 seed and an automatic berth in the semifinals of next week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
“I don’t want to live and die by the three, but we have such good shooters it’s just a matter of time before somebody puts one in the hole,” UTM women’s coach Kevin McMillan said.
Freshman Heather Butler and Jaclissa Haislip made three treys each. Haislip made all three of her 3-balls in the second half.
Butler and Jasmine Newsome, who are both among the nation’s leading freshmen scorers, netted 19 points each for the Skyhawks.
Alex Jones led Eastern Kentucky with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
UT Martin’s lone senior, Alecia Weatherly, pulled down 11 rebounds as the Skyhawks outrebounded the Lady Colonels 46-40.
The Skyhawks made five 3-pointers in the first half and overcame an early 13-9 deficit to take a 29-26 lead at the half. The Skyhawks hit three consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 21-21. Butler hit the first one with 7:33 to play. Weatherly knocked one down with 7:16 to go, and Hall knotted the game at 21-all when she drained a trey with 6:51 to play.
Butler scored eight points in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers. Weatherly and Newsome scored six points, while Weatherly pulled down five rebounds in the first half to help the Skyhawks claim a 22-19 advantage on the boards.
“We had a lot of crazy stuff tonight,” McMillan said. “We played after the men; the weather; and then the delay. But it was all good because the tournament is next week and this was great preparation. I told the girls this is the kind of stuff that will happen next week at the tournament.”