SKYHAWK WOMEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO CLOSE OUT ROAD TRIP STRONG AT TENNESSEE TECH

January 26, 2018

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball will look to finish the team’s current four-game road trip off with a strong performance against Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tipoff from the Eblen Center is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Skyhawks (9-12, 5-4 OVC) enter the showdown having won four of their last six outings, including a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Jacksonville State on Thursday evening. In a contest which featured 10 lead changes and a total of eight ties, UT Martin would overcome a late deficit with a three-pointer by senior Janekia Mason just prior to the buzzer to force overtime before ultimately pulling away down the stretch to secure a 61-57 overtime victory.

Headlining the contest was the play of sophomore standout Kendall Spray who continues to rank as one of the league’s most dangerous scoring threats. Averaging 17.3 points per game, Spray scored over half of her game-high 25 points against Jacksonville State in the final minutes of the fourth and in overtime. Two other Skyhawks would score in double figures with Mason tallying 13 points while junior Emanye Robertson eclipsed double-digits for the 13th time this season.

Tennessee Tech (4-16, 1-8 OVC) is looking to break loose from a tough stretch of contests in which the squad has dropped four straight and 10 of its last 11 games. The Golden Eagles fell to Southeast Missouri on Thursday night by a final score of 70-66, highlighted by a career night from freshman Jordan Brock who scored a career-high 30 points – including six three-pointers. With the impressive outing, Brock became just the sixth Tech freshman in program history to score 30 or more points in a single game. Overall, Brock (11.6 ppg) is one of four Golden Eagles which averages in double figures as she is joined by Kesha Brardy (10.5 ppg), Mackenzie Coleman (10.3 ppg) and Yaktavia Hickson (10.2 ppg).

As longtime conference foes, Saturday’s contest serves as the 70th meeting between the two programs in series history with Tennessee Tech holding a lopsided 46-23 advantage. Despite the uneven series record, UT Martin has held the upper hand in recent history, winning nine of the last 10 contests. The Skyhawks last loss to TTU came on Feb. 1, 2017 in the Eblen Center by a final score of 81-71, marking the team’s first setback to the Golden Eagles since the 2010-11 campaign.

The game will be broadcast live, free of charge, courtesy of the OVC Digital Network. Fans can also tune into Mix 101.3 FM to hear Chris Brinkley (play-by-play) and Alex Boggis (color) provide analysis. Links for both the OVCDN feed and radio broadcasts, along with live stats can be accessed through their respective links above. For in-game updates, follow the Skyhawks on twitter @UTM_Gameday. 



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