January 14, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
A late comeback attempt by the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team came up just short against regional Ohio Valley Conference rival Southeast Missouri with an 82-79 loss on Saturday afternoon.

The Skyhawks (4-14, 1-4 OVC) dropped its fourth consecutive conference outing despite leading by as much as 16 points early in the contest and shooting 50 percent from the field. The hard fought contest saw both squads cherish the ball with 38 total assists compared to just 18 combined turnovers.  

Junior forward Ashton Feldhaus paced the Skyhawks with a career-high 20 points while tallying four assists. Myah Taylor also reached double figures for the 13th time this season with 15 points while Janekia Mason tossed in 12 points. As a whole, all 10 available players scored for the Skyhawks.

“Today was a good glimpse of our season because of the two extremes we went to,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “When we play hard, we are really really good. The bad part is, when we don’t play hard, we are really really bad. Sadly we saw both extremes tonight. I give the second group we put in credit though because they played hard, competed and gave us a shot to win the game at the end.”

Southeast Missouri (8-10, 2-3 OVC) picked up its first victory over the Skyhawks in 15 tries behind a balanced scoring attack which featured three players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Bri Mitchell tallied game-highs with both 25 points and eight rebounds. Sharpshooter Hannah Noe also tossed in 18 points while Olivia Hackmann rounded out the trio with 11 points and six boards.

Action would begin with UT Martin allowing an early three-pointer by the Redhawks to start the game before proceeding to go on a 12-3 run of its own through the game’s first three minutes of play. As a whole the Skyhawks would push their margin out to as high as 16 points over the course of a six-minute stretch while outscoring the Redhawks 25-6. The Redhawks would look to close the gap in the final minutes but the Skyhawks would still take a 32-19 lead into the second quarter following the team’s highest individual scoring quarter of the season.

Southeast Missouri would slowly chip away at UT Martin’s margin in the second quarter, taking back the lead late behind a 12-0 run. Mitchell would play a major part in the lopsided quarter by scoring 11 of her 17 first half points in the second period alone. With Southeast Missouri outscoring the Skyhawks 26-13 in the second, both teams would go into the locker room at halftime tied at 45.

The Redhawks would control the momentum coming of the break as well, outscoring the Skyhawks by 10 points through the first five minutes of the third quarter. Southeast Missouri would push its lead out to as high as 14 points with three minutes to play in the period. With yet another strong quarter of work, the Redhawks would take a 72-64 advantage into the fourth.

UT Martin would charge back in the fourth quarter to make it a contest behind a bench unit which included Feldhaus, Breanna Boggs, Teddy Vincent, Emily Eubank and Lindsay Chrise. A three-pointer by Feldhaus at the 6:50 mark would notch her 20th point of the game while bringing the Skyhawks within one point, forcing the Redhawks to call a timeout. The game would stay close down the stretch as the margin remained within a single possession. UT Martin would trim the deficit to one point on four different occasions down the stretch but would never retake the lead before ultimately falling 82-79.

The Skyhawks will return to action against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tipoff from Lantz Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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