WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM GIVES NEWEST SEC FOE A TOUGH BATTLE
December 4, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team gave Missouri, one of the Southeastern Conference’s newest members, all it wanted Monday night. The score was tied 10 times and the lead changed 17 times before Missouri managed to pull out an 82-71 victory.
“These games are great for your players and the team as a whole because you find out what your team is really made of,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan said.
UT Martin claimed its biggest lead of the game with 10:40 to play in the first half when junior Megan White made a 3-pointer to give the Skyhawks a 19-16 advantage. Missouri answered with a trey and the game was deadlocked at 19-all.
UT Martin enjoyed a second 3-point lead in the first half when junior Jasmine Newsome made a layup of an assist by Shelby Crawford to give the Skyhawks a 22-19 lead.
Newsome also gave the Skyhawks a 3-point lead, 30-27, with 4:46 to play in the first half. Once again Missouri knotted the game with a 3-pointer.
Missouri lead 40-37 at the half when Morgan Eye made a 3-pointer with 1:06 to play. Eye finished the first half with 12 points, four 3-pointers.
Newsome led the Skyhawks with 14 points.
While the back-and-forth game continued in the second half, Missouri managed to stretch its lead to six points, 66-59, with eight minutes to play. Eye stretched the Lady Tigers lead to nine points when she knocked down yet another 3-pointer with 7:45 to go.
With four minutes to go, Eye gave Missouri its biggest lead of the game at 11 points.
The Skyhawks cut the Missouri lead to four points, 73-69, with 3:25 to play when junior Heather Butler made a 3-pointer.
”Missouri just made the plays in the final minutes that we couldn’t,” McMillan said.
Newsome led the Skyhawks with 24 points. Butler had 16 points, and White tossed in 11 points. The Skyhawks made 11 3-pointers in the game.
Eye led Missouri with eight 3-pointers and 26 points. Bri Kulas scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Lianna Doty tossed in a dozen points.
”With a young team you have to keep them hungry,” McMillan said. With the setback the Skyhawks are now 3-6. Missouri is 6-2. The Skyhawks return to action Thursday, Dec. 6 when they host Saint Louis at 7 p.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
“We play a schedule to challenge us, set goals and just keep reaching to get over the hump,” McMillan said.