Skyhawks on track past Tech

Skyhawks on track past Tech
Special to The Messenger
UT Martin bounced back quickly — and at the right time.
After a tough defeat at No. 13 Louisville three days earlier, the UT Martin women put together a solid performance against the OVC pre-season favorite Tennessee Tech Saturday afternoon at the Elam Center with a convincing 83-61 in the OVC opener for both teams.
Skyhawks head coach Kevin McMillan believes this was a statement win against the Golden Eagles, a team his s quad beat three times in 2011, including the OVC Tournament championship game. This is also the only time the Skyhawks will face the Golden Eagles in the regular season, which McMillan is not too happy about.
“I don’t like that,” the UTM coach said. “I think you ought to play twice. You can’t break a tie if you only play somebody once. I don’t like it, but those are the cards we were all dealt, and we are going to have to deal with it.”
Saturday’s showdown featured an epic confrontation between Heather Butler and Tech’s Tacarra Hayes.
Butler got the better of it by pouring in a game-high 27 points and also dogged Hayes on the defensive end.
Hayes was held to nine points for the game thanks to Butler’s excellent guard play.
“I don’t know how Heather was able to contain Hayes,” McMillan said. “I have no idea. Hayes has got the ability to get a shot whenever she wants. She is a great player, and (Jala) Harris is a great player. You have two great guards going up against two great guards. It was a fun game to watch.”
The Skyhawks out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 39-34 and got 14 second-chance points. It was points off of turnovers in the second half that opened the game up for the Skyhawks. UTM got 13 points off of turnovers in the second half and 21 for the game. Tech was only able to get eight points off of turnovers in the game.
Jasmine Newsome poured in 24 points for UTM, and Percia Glenn chipped in eight. Jaclissa Haislip and Taylor Hall each scored seven.
Harris was the leading scoring with 22 for Tech. Glenn and Hall also had eight rebounds each for the Skyhawks.
Newsome went 3-of-4 on 3-point attempts, all in the first half, including two in a row to give UTM a 17-15 lead with 12:14 to play in the first half.
For the game, the Skyhawks hit eight 3-pointers and shot 42.1 percent from behind the arc. UTM also shot 46 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles hit 23.1 percent of 3-point attempts and shot 42.9 percent from the field.
The Skyhawks are now 7-6 on the season and 1-0 in the conference. The Golden Eagles fall to 4-10 and 0-1 in the OVC.
Published in The Messenger 1.2.12

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