|UTM women brace for Vanderbilt visit |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:02 pm |
|The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will host a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2005 tonight when the No. 19 Vanderbilt Commodores invade the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. |
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and tickets for the game can be purchased at the door.
“This is the test,” UT Martin head basketball coach Kevin McMillan said. “We played the physical team in Memphis and we played the bigger teams in Indiana State and Purdue. Now this is the test. Vanderbilt is both physical and bigger so we have to come away from this game with answers. If we lose and do what we are supposed to do and get some answers then that’s fine. We have to come away from this with answers.”
The Skyhawks enter the game against Vanderbilt after suffering their second consecutive loss of the season, a 90-69 setback Sunday at Memphis. The Skyhawks enter the game with a 4-3 worksheet.
The back-to-back losses mark the first time the team has dropped consecutive games since 2010, when the Skyhawks lost at Louisville and at Kentucky.
Memphis relied on double-doubles from Brittany Carter, Nicole Dickson and Jasmine Lee to dismantle the Skyhawks, who were led by guards Heather Butler with 21 points and Jasmine Newsome with 20 points.
Vanderbilt enters the road game with a 9-0 worksheet and ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coach’s Poll.
Christin Foggie leads the Commodores with 16.9 points per game. The Commodores are also getting double-digit points from Jasmine Lister, Tiffany Clarke and Stephan Holzer.
Vanderbilt is averaging 82 points a game and has played eight-of-nine games on its home court.
The Skyhawks played at Vanderbilt last year and gave the highly-touted SECprogram a good run before losing 72-60.
Vandy is the second ranked team the Skyhawks have played this season, in addition to Purdue.
“This is a good opportunity for us playing top teams,” Butler said. “Playing top teams like this will make us better for the tournament.”
Published in The Messenger 12.7.11