UTM women force OT, then fall

UTM women force OT, then fall
UT Martin senior Taylor Hall made a layup with 1:09 to play in regulation and tied the women’s basketball game against host Central Arkansas at 57-57 to force overtime Saturday afternoon.
In the five-minute overtime period, however, UCA outscored the Skyhawks 12-7 to claim a 69-65 victory. The loss was the fourth consecutive setback of the season and marks the first time since Dec. 9, 2010, the Skyhawks have been a game below .500.
The Skyhawks fall to 4-5 on the year, while the Sugar Bears improve to 7-2.
Heather Butler led the Skyhawks with 27 points. Jasmine Newsome scored 14 points and was 9-for-9 at the free throw line. Newsome has now made 22 consecutive free throws. Hall finished the game with five points and seven assists.
Trailing 24-23 with 3:42 to play in the first half, UT Martin’s Butler made nine consecutive points to give the visitors a 32-28 lead at the half.
Central Arkansas used an 8-0 run in the second half to tie the game at 53-all with 3:55 to play. The game was tied at 55- and 57-all before it went to overtime. In all, the contest was tied eight times.
Megan Herbert led Central Arkansas with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
The overtime game was the first since Feb. 17, 2011, when the Skyhawks lost to Eastern Illinois.
The Skyhawks return to action Friday when they host Evansville in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
MTSU 78, UTM 62 (M)
MURFREESBORO — LaRon Dendy led three starters in double figures as Middle Tennessee defeated UT Martin Saturday night in nonconference action.
Dendy, the Blue Raiders’ center, made 9 of 12 shots from the field and 3-of-4 free throws to help Middle Tennessee improve to 9-2, 5-1 at home. Guards Marcos Knight and Raymond Cintron also scored in double figures. Knight chipped in with 18 points and Citron added 14.
Middle Tennessee shot a sizzling 64 percent from the floor, making 29-of-45 shots. At the foul line, the Blue Raiders were a proficient 17 of 22.
Myles Taylor led UTM (2-8) with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Two Skyhawks also scored in double figures.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.11

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