Super sophs’ big numbers not enough in UTM loss
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:02 pm
Sophomore guards Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead UT Martin against host Memphis at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to stop the host Lady Tigers who shot a blistering 58 percent from the field.
Brittany Carter scored a game-high 27 points and recorded nine steals to lead the Lady Tigers to a 90-69 victory over the Skyhawks.
Jasmine Lee and and Nicole Dickson recorded double-doubles. Lee scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Dickson scored 11 points and grabbed 10 boards.
With the loss the Skyhawks fall to 4-3 overall. Memphis improves to 7-1.
The Skyhawks return to the friendly confines of the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on Wednesday when they host Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Memphis jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but UT Martin tied the game at 12-all when Shelby Crawford made a layup with 12:12 to play. Memphis went on a 10-0 run and never looked back.
Memphis led 45-30 at halftime. Carter and Dickson led the Tigers with 8-first-half points each. While the Lady Tigers shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, UT Martin shot 30 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range.
Memphis opened the second half with an 11-4 run and led 56-34 with 16:11 to play when Lee made a layup. The Skyhawks cut the lead to 13 points, 56-43, with 14:03 to play, but that was as close as they could get it.
Ball St. 71, UTM 48
The Skyhawks struggled offensively Saturday as Ball State sped away in the second half to win in the Elam Center.
Sophomore Troy King set a new season-high in scoring for the second time in as many games, pouring in 16 points in 29 minutes off the bench. He tallied three of UT Martin’s four trifectas in the game while tying a team-high with four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Dane Smith swiped a career-high four steals today for the Skyhawks, who shot 33.9 percent (19-for-56) from the floor.
Ball State (4-2) was led by Jarrod Jones, who had game-highs of 22 points and seven rebounds. Jesse Berry (15 points) and Randy Davis (10) also cracked double-figures for the Cardinals, who used a 72 percent shooting effort (18-for-25) in the second half to boost them to a win.
The Skyhawks’ next three opponents will be in-state foes, beginning with tonight’s 6:30 matchup at Lipscomb. Published in The WCP 12.6.11