Newsome a big shot in Skyhawk road win
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 12:02 pm
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — UT Martin had Conference USA opponent Southern Miss on the ropes early, and sophomore Jasmine Newsome delivered several knockout blows en route to a record-setting performance in an 88-69 Skyhawk victory in women’s basketball action Wednesdaty night.
With approximately 15 of her aunts, uncles and cousins looking on, Newsome knocked down a school-record nine three-pointers and ended the night with 39 points, just one shy of Mary Kate Long’s program record of 40 points against Troy State on Jan. 21, 1989.
Once the smoke cleared, the Millington native successfully converted 14 of her 25 field goal attempts, adding eight rebounds and seven assists before departing the game late as the Skyhawks held a comfortable lead.
Newsome’s nine trifectas are just one shy of the single-game Ohio Valley Conference record, held by Tennessee Tech’s Stefanie Holbrook in the 2004-05 season. Her nine threes are the most any opponent has made inside the Reed Green Coliseum.
“You get conditioned with Butler and Newsome to expect certain things from them, and I didn’t realize she had done all of that,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan, whose team did not trail for the last 37:26 of clock time. “Jasmine took good shots, she didn’t force shots and she distributed the ball. Overall, she had a great game. I told her family they will have to come and watch her play every night.”
Newsome wasn’t the only UT Martin player who had a hot hand from long distance, as the Skyhawks drained 18 treys — a new program record. The 18 three-pointers and 43 three-point attempts are also records for any visiting team in the Reed Green Coliseum.
Sophomore Heather Butler poured in 24 points, while senior Taylor Hall chipped in with 12 points for UT Martin, which shot 41.9 percent from three-point range and 45.7 percent overall. UTM led by as many as 28 points late in the second half and outrebounded Southern Miss by a 45-29 margin.
As a result of their solid all-around play, the Skyhawks are 3-0 to begin a season for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
“I’d say it’s the first big nonconference road win that we have had (since I’ve been here),” McMillan said. “That’s what this team has yet to do — grow up and be able to go out on the road and play well. Maybe this is a sign of good things to come.”
Jamierra Faulkner scored 21 points, while Tanecka Carey (19 points) and Nitesha Pierce (11) also cracked double-figures for Southern Miss, which was forced into 18 turnovers by the Skyhawks’ ferocious defense.
UT Martin will put its unblemished record on the line Sunday at Purdue for a 1 p.m. game.
The Skyhawks will then travel to St. Louis on Tuesday, Indiana State on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Memphis on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The Skyhawks’ next home game will be Wednesday, Dec. 7, against Vanderbilt, tip-off set for 7 p.m. Published in The WCP 11.17.11