Warm-up games tip off Skyhawks’ season

Warm-up games tip off Skyhawks’ season
The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will open its 2011-12 season with an exhibition against Christian Brothers University at 7 tonight in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
The Skyhawk women return all but one starter from last year’s team, which won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they played host Duke.
“We will try to get an idea of who will contribute this season,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan said. “We also want to fill any holes in our lineups.”
The Skyhawk women finished the season with a 21-11 overall record and a 14-4 OVC worksheet. The team returns starters Jaclissa Haislip, Jasmine Newsome, Taylor Hall and Heather Butler.
“We plan to treat this like a regular game and do the things we normally do,” McMillan said. “The difference will be a lot of players will get playing time.”
The Skyhawk women will officially open their season 7 p.m. Nov. 11, when Belmont invades the Elam Center.
The Skyhawk men will also play a preseason exhibition. Tipoff for the Skyhawks vs. Webster is set for 11 a.m. Friday in the Elam Center. The men’s exhibition is part of the fourth annual “Character Counts” game.
About 1,800 students from local elementary, middle and high schools will attend the game as part of a field trip to reward good behavior.
It will be the first time the Skyhawks take the floor in 2011-12 as third-year head coach Jason James will prepare his team for its regular season opener at Louisville on Nov. 11. The Cardinals are ranked No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and are regarded as one of the favorites in the Big East Conference.
UT Martin returns seven players and three starters from last season’s squad, which tripled the win output from the previous season and won the first Ohio Valley Conference tournament game in Nashville in program history.
UT Martin basketball season tickets are on sale now at the Skyhawk Ticket Office. For more information on season tickets, call (731) 881-7207. Published in The Messenger 11.3.11

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