More plays favor EIU than Skyhawk ladies

More plays favor EIU than Skyhawk ladies
Kevin McMillan believes that every game comes down to three possessions. Monday night in Lantz Arena against host Eastern Illinois, all three of the possessions came in the final three minutes of the game.
Unfortunately for McMillan and his UT Martin women’s basketball team, Eastern Illinois had three possessions as well.
The Panthers outscored UTM, 8-2, in those six possessions and came away with a 70-63 victory in a key Ohio Valley Conference game where the winner claimed sole possession of first place.
“They had three possessions and they came away with eight points,” McMillan said.
Eastern Illinois’ knocked downed a 3-pointer with 1:29 to play and took a 66-61 lead. EIU also made four free throws down the stretch.
“In our three possessions, we made two free throws and missed a layup and a jumper,” McMillan said.
Recent history shows when Eastern Illinois and UT Martin play, the game is going down to the wire.
The last two games, a win for each team on their home court, were decided by a total of five points.
However, EIU opened with a 12-3 run and led 33-23 at the half, 33-23.
“We should have been down by 20 points in the first half,” McMillan said.
The Skyhawks outscored the Panthers 19-7 and took a two-point lead, 42-40 with 13:47 to play, when sophomore Heather Butler made a 3-pointer.
“We were able to come out and make some shots and get some stops and get back in the game, McMillan said.
The game was tied at 45, 52, 58 and 60. EIU’s Ta’Kenya Nixon made a jumper with 2:39 and the Panthers took a 62-60 lead and never looked back.
Nixon led EIU with 21 points, while Sydney Mitchell scored 16 points and Jordyne Crunk added 15 points.
Butler led all scorers with 22 points, while Jasmine Newsome scored all 12 of her points in the second half.
Published in The Messenger 1.17.12

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