Weekly OVC honors for UT Martin athletes piling up

Weekly OVC honors for UT Martin athletes piling up
Officials from the UT Martin athletic department may want to take a detour through Brentwood on their way to the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship Tournament this week to pick up some hardware.
On Monday, a trio of UTM athletes gained league honors for their efforts last week.
For starters, UT Martin women’s basketball player Jasmine Newsome was named both the adidas® OVC Player and Freshman of the Week.
Meanwhile, Skyhawk men’s hoopster Mike Liabo was named the adidas® Freshman of the Week.
Finally, UTM softballer Chelsea Jones was honored as the OVC’s Pitcher of the Week.
Newsome averaged 26 points and 7.5 rebounds in two Skyhawk victories last week. She scored 19 points against Eastern Kentucky and followed that up with 33 points versus Morehead State.
The Millington native shot 52.9 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Newsome led UT Martin to an 88-69 victory over Morehead State which secured the No. 2 seed for the Skyhawks in this week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at historic Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
The Skyhawks will play at 2 p.m. Friday in the semifinals against a to be determined opponent.
Liabo — UTM’s leading scorer in OVC play with 12.2 points per game — set several new career-highs last week.
Against the Colonels on Thursday, he tied a career-best with 21 points, helping the Skyhawks erase a 16-point deficit and clinch a spot in the OVC Tournament.
On Saturday against Morehead State, he poured in 14 points and set a new career-high with five assists (against zero turnovers).
Liabo and the Skyhawks will be back in action  Wednesday when they open the men’s portion of the OVC Tournament at historic Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
UT Martin will play Tennessee State at 6 p.m.
On the softball diamond, Jones pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts to lead UTM to victories over Northern Iowa and IUPUI this past weekend in the Frost Classic at Chattanooga.
Jones, from Tullahoma, set a new school single-game record with 15 strikeouts against UNI. S
he fanned 11 batters in the IUPUI victory.
All totaled, she did not allow an earned run and walked just three in 15.2 innings of work.

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