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League champion UTM women keep working

League champion UTM women keep working

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 pm

Just because the UT Martin women’s basketball team won its 11th consecutive Ohio Valley Conference game and its final home game of the 2012 season doesn’t mean the season is over.
Ask senior Taylor Hall or sophomore Jasmine Newsome.
The 86-62 victory over visiting Austin Peay in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center Thursday night was just another victory. However, combine the UT Martin victory with Eastern Illinois’ loss at Morehead State and Thursday’s victory over Austin Peay equates to an Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship for the Skyhawks.
“Just because we won tonight doesn’t mean vacation starts now,” Newsome said.
The Skyhawks forged to a 43-29 lead at halftime. Sophomore Jaclissa Haislip hit five field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers, and two free throws for 14 first half points. Hall was 4-for-6 from behind the arc and had 12 points at the break, while Newsome had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists at halftime. Sophomore Heather Butler was 0-for-5 from the field and scoreless.
Butler opened the second half with a layup and the Skyhawks took a 45-29 lead with 19:39 to play. A quick 7-0 run capped by a Hall 3-ball gave the Skyhawks a 50-29 lead with 18:30 to play in the game. Butler hit another layup and the Skyhawks led 54-34 with 13:22 to play and Austin Peay could never catch the Skyhawks.
Newsome and Haislip finished the game with 20 points each, while Hall and Butler scored 18 points each. All 18 of Butler’s points came in the second half and the sophomore ran her streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games to 59 games.
Both Haislip and Newsome recorded double-doubles. Newsome had 20 points and 11 assists, while Haislip netted the 20 points and led the Skyhawks with 12 rebounds.
APSU 85, UTM 67
The Skyhawks received a career-high scoring effort from Mike Liabo and an inspired effort from senior Dane Smith in his final home game in a Skyhawk uniform, but the Skyhawks suffered their 26th loss in 30 games.
Liabo ended his evening with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including a 4-for-6 effort from three-point range.
His previous best scoring game came earlier this season against SIU Edwardsville, when he scored 26 points on Jan. 7.
The team’s only senior, Smith tossed in 16 points and added a game-high seven rebounds for the Skyhawks.
Corderio Maclin also cracked double-figures for the seventh time this season for UT Martin.

Published in The WCP 2.28.12

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