February 1, 2017

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team had no answer for Tennessee Tech’s 38 fast break points, snapping the team’s winning streak in an 81-71 Ohio Valley Conference setback.

The Skyhawks (6-17, 3-7 OVC) could not overcome a balanced Golden Eagle squad which scored over half of their points in the paint while dishing out 25 assists and shooting 55.4 percent from the field. Despite UT Martin shooting nearly 44 percent from the field themselves, it was an explosive third quarter which proved to be too much to overcome.  

UT Martin saw four players score in double figures, led by the play of sophomore Myah Taylor who scored 18 points off the bench. Reigning OVC Player of the Week Ashton Feldhaus tallied 16 points while Janekia Mason (13 points) and Emanye Robertson (12 points) rounded out the Skyhawks in double figures.

Tennessee Tech (9-14, 6-4 OVC) placed four different players in double figures led by Treyvonna Brooks who tallied 22 points to lead all scorers. Yaktavia Hickson was close behind with 19 points of her own while the duo of Akia Harris and Hannah Goolsby tossed in 13 points each.

Both teams would struggle to find much separation in the game’s opening five, playing to a six-all tie until the midway mark of the quarter. Tennessee Tech would push its lead out to as high as four on a pair of occasions despite the game featuring five lead changes and ties. Despite the back and forth nature of the contest, the Golden Eagles would hold an 18-14 lead after one quarter of play.

UT Martin would look to take a lead in the second quarter behind a miniature 5-0 run which saw Tennessee Tech go scoreless for nearly three minutes as Jessy Ward knocked down a pair of three-pointers. The Skyhawks would take a three point lead three different occasions in the quarter before the Golden Eagles found an answer in the final minutes. TTU would narrowly outscore the visitors down the stretch before ultimately taking a 37-34 advantage into halftime.

Tennessee Tech would look to take control of the game in the third quarter and never look back. The Golden Eagles would score just 17 seconds into the quarter before putting together a 11-2 run over a span of three minutes to push its advantage out to 12 points. The team’s lead would reach as high as 15 points in the third before taking a 66-54 lead into the final quarter of play.

The Skyhawks tried to trim into the deficit in the fourth quarter. The trio of Taylor, Feldhaus and Robertson would combine for all 17 of the team’s points in the final quarter, but the Skyhawks would only get as close as 10 points down the stretch before falling 81-71.

UT Martin will return to action when playing host to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and serves as the team’s annual Pink Out game.

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