|Newsome too much for Govs |
|Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 7:00 pm |
|Sophomore Jasmine Newsome tossed in a game-high 27 points, helping UT Martin stave off a furious Austin Peay rally in an 88-83 women’s basketball victory at the Dunn Center. |
The Skyhawks (14-8, 8-1 Ohio Valley Conference) led by as many as 11 points in the second half before Austin Peay charged within one possession on three different occasions.
However, UT Martin made just enough plays down the stretch to depart with its first victory in the Dunn Center since 2002.
Newsome made 11 of her 22 field goal attempts while adding eight assists and four rebounds in all 40 minutes of action.
Joining Newsome in double figures was Heather Butler, who made five 3-pointers en route to a 17-point performance.
Aubrey Reedy poured in 14 points, including six straight in the middle of Austin Peay’s run, while Taylor Hall and Perica Glenn each tallied 10 points for the Skyhawks.
Austin Peay (5-19, 2-9 OVC) was paced by Whitney Hanley (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Nicole Olszewski (21 points).
Kristen Stainback and Kaitlyn Hill added 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Lady Govs.
For UTM head coach Kevin McMillan, it was the key buckets by Reedy and outstanding ball control that led to the victory.
“We were getting wide open shots and just weren’t hitting in the second half, then Reedy scored crucial six points for us,” McMillan said. “And if we don’t handle the ball that well, we lose. Four turnovers in an entire game is crazy.”
UT Martin returns to action this Saturday at home against Murray State at 4 p.m.
Both teams will don “We Back Pat” T-shirts in support of UT Martin alum Pat Head Summitt.
All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase the shirts for $15 or power bracelets for $2 to help support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.
UTM’s women come into Saturday’s game as the defending OVC Tournament champion, while the Racer men are unbeaten and ranked No. 10 in the nation. Published in The Messenger 2.2.12