Haislip next to lead
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:00 pm
UT Martin went on a 22-0 run, fueled by five 3-pointers from sophomore Jaclissa Haislip in the first half, and never looked back en route to a 99-67 victory over visiting Jacksonville State.
UTM has now won seven consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games, one shy of its best-ever eight in a row. The Skyhawks are now 16-8 overall and 10-1 in the league. Jacksonville State falls to 4-21 on the year and 1-11 in the league standings.
The Skyhawks have now scored 90 or more points in five victories this season.
Haislip hit her first five 3-point attempts before missing twice in the first half. The Skyhawks hit 9-of-22 three-pointers in the first half.
The Skyhawks forced 18 first half turnovers and out-scored the Gamecocks 24-2 off turnovers. The Skyhawks also out-scored the Gamecocks 20-0 off the bench.
Jacksonville State opened the second half with a 21-6 run and hit its first 10 attempts of the field to cut UT Martin’s lead to 20 points, 61-41 with 14:33 to play.
“I was very disappointed with our second-half effort,” McMillan said. “I didn’t see a fire in any of our players.”
The Skyhawks answered with a 17-7 run ignited by a trio of treys from senior Taylor Hall and claimed an 85-52 advantage with 7:21 to play. Hall finished the game with five treys and 15 points. She also had nine assists.
The Skyhawks had 28 assists in the game, just one short of tying a team record set in 1986.
Haislip led the Skyhawks with 25 points, while Heather Butler finished the game with 14 points. Jasmine Newsome and Beth Hawn had 10 points each. Aubrey Reedy led all rebounders with 11 boards and helped the Skyhawks out rebound the Gamecocks 39-36.
Jacksonville State had four players in double figures, led by Danielle Vaughn with 25 points. Destiny Lane had 15 points, while Briana Morrow and Brittany Manning had 10 points each.
UT Martin returns to action at 4 p.m., Saturday when it hosts OVC leader Eastern Illinois in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Published in The WCP 2.7.12