SKYHAWK WOMEN'S HOOPS SET TO TRAVEL TO NO. 4 RANKED LOUISVILLE ON TUESDAY
December 4, 2017
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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will travel to the Bluegrass State for a matchup at No. 4 ranked Louisville on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Tipoff from the KFC Yum! Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.
The Skyhawks (3-4) enter the contest looking to pick up the program’s first victory over a nationally ranked opponent, possessing a 0-32 mark against the nation’s best. Tuesday’s contest against No. 4 Louisville will serve as the team’s highest ranked opponent matchup since challenging No. 2 ranked Notre Dame in 2013.
UT Martin fell just short of the squad’s third consecutive victory after dropping an 87-82 overtime matchup at Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon. The Skyhawks would lead by as much as 12 points in the contest - along with a five-point advantage in the final 90 seconds - before watching the Mocs ultimately force overtime and pull away for a victory. Despite the disappointing result, the Skyhawks shot 60.4 percent from the floor to rank as the program’s best shooting percentage since 2006.
The Skyhawks are led offensively by the play of sophomore Kendall Spray who averaged 25 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. Spray ranks sixth nationally in three-point field goals made per game (3.86) and seventh in three-point field goals (27). As a whole, four Skyhawks average in double figures led by Spray (17.1 ppg), Emanye Robertson (11.3 ppg), Chelsey Perry (11.3 ppg) and Janekia Mason (10.0 ppg).
Tuesday’s contest pits two friends in UT Martin’s Kevin McMillan and Louisville’s Jeff Walz. McMillan ranks fifth in OVC history with an overall record of 157-106 in nine seasons. Meanwhile, Walz has compiled a 245-85 overall mark in nine seasons while serving as a perennial national contender.
No. 4 Louisville (8-0) is coming off a nail-biting come-from-behind victory at South Dakota State (68-64) on Sunday afternoon. After trailing by eight points at the break, leading scorer Asia Durr scored 18 of 20 points in the second half to surge the comeback attempt. The Cardinals 68 points served as a season-low for the unbeaten squad.
The Cardinals are led in scoring by Durr with 18 points per game while Myisha Hines-Allen ranks second with 14.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game to round out the squad in double figures.
This marks the seventh game in series history with Louisville winning each of the six previous matchups. Most recently the Skyhawks fell to then-ranked No. 5 Cardinals 100-68 on Nov. 11, 2016.
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