Skyhawk women put clamps on Arkansas visitors
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
A better defensive effort by the UT Martin women’s team turned into a 72-48 win over visiting Central Arkansas on Saturday.
The Skyhawks out-rebounded the Sugar Bears 31-28 and stole the ball 12 times with Jasmine Newsome getting five steals. Newsome also led all scorers with 25 points.
The focus of the Skyhawks was to stop Megan Herbert from hurting them like she did last year in a 69-65 overtime win. Herbert finished with 18 points but only seven rebounds. She had been averaging 15.8 rebounds per game.
“She is an unbelievable player,” Skyhawks head coach Kevin McMillan said. “She is a really, really nice player, and I would love to have her. Our focus was on her. We did a decent job on her.”
Even though the Skyhawks beat Central Arkansas on the boards, McMillan was not pleased with the effort. He was, however, pleased with the improvement on defense.
“We did not do a great job on the glass, and we’d better get better at that,” McMillan said. “Our defensive effort is getting better, but we are going to have to fix the rebounding issue if we’re going to be a very good team in March.”
Heather Butler continued her double-digit scoring streak with 11 points. She has now scored in double figures in 71 consecutive games.
Freshman Katie Schubert ignited a 33-8 run in the second half with two 3-pointers. The Skyhawks hit three 3-pointers in the run with Junior Megan hitting the other one. She was second in scoring for the Skyhawks with 13 points.
The Skyhawks were dominating in the paint with 34 points to Central Arkansas’ 14.
“A lot of that was Jasmine and Butler getting in there and scoring,” McMillan said. “We like to get in the paint whenever we can, and tonight it was Butler and Newsome getting in there. They are so hard to keep in front of you.”
There was not much time to rest for the Skyhawks.
UTM was on the road Monday to take on SEC newcomer Missouri.
The Skyhawks will be back home on Thursday to begin a four-game homestand — St. Louis on Thursday, 14th-ranked Purdue on Sunday, Indiana State on Dec. 16 and Southern Mississippi on Dec. 18.
Purdue will be the fourth nationally-ranked team the Skyhawks have played this season. Published in The WCP 12.4.12