Words don’t help UTM avoid lackluster loss

Words don’t help UTM avoid lackluster loss
Kevin McMillan gave his UT Martin women’s team a speech after a dismal practice Monday. He gave the same speech at halftime Tuesday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
And, after watching his Skyhawks suffer an 83-68 setback against host Arkansas State, McMillan plans to give the same exact speech a third time.
“I told them after a terrible practice yesterday what we needed to do to fix things, and they didn’t do it,” McMillan said. “I didn’t see a good effort tonight. The effort was very poor. It shows we are an immature team.”
The Skyhawks fall to 9-7 overall, while Arkansas State improves to 7-10. UT Martin returns to action Monday when it plays an Ohio Valley Conference game at Eastern Illinois. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Skyhawks trailed 43-31 at the half despite shooting just 33 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Skyhawks used an 11-0 run to cut the Arkansas State lead to seven points, 53-46, with 12:26 to play. However, Arkansas State stretched the lead back to 12 points with 9:11 to play.
With 5:01 to play in the game, Arkansas State’s Quinishia McDowell banked in a 3-pointer that gave the Red Wolves a 70-56 advantage. However, sophomore guard Heather Butler scored 10 consecutive points, including back-to-back 3-pointers for the Skyhawks.
Butler led the Skyhawks with 19 points. Jasmine Newsome scored 13 points, while Taylor Hall added 11 points and Perica Glenn tossed in 10 points.
Glenn led the Skyhawks with seven of their 21 rebounds.
Arkansas State was led by Jane Morrill, who scored 30 points. Shania Hurst had 15 points and Ashley Olvera netted 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Morrill made three consecutive layups in the final two minutes of the game to stretch its lead to 15 points.
Arkansas State dominated the boards, out-rebounding UT Martin 45-21. “This was very disappointing,” McMillan said. “We were not getting beat on the glass. They were not bigger than us like Louisville and Purdue. We are the same size.” Published in The Messenger 1.11.12

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