WOMEN'S HOOPS OPENS CRITICAL ROAD SWING AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON SATURDAY

February 16, 2017

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will hit the road for the beginning of a critical two-game road swing with a matchup at Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tipoff from the Show Me Center is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., serving as the backend of a doubleheader with the Skyhawk men’s basketball team.

The Skyhawks (9-17, 6-7 OVC) enter the weekend as winners of five of their last six games – including a three-game winning streak. With the strong play as of late, UT Martin currently sits in a four-way tie for sixth place in its quest for a berth in the OVC Basketball Championship with Southeast Missouri, Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky.

In the team’s most recent matchup, UT Martin picked up an 82-72 road victory at league rival SIUE. The Skyhawks led for much of the contest behind a balanced scoring attack which saw five players score in double figures. Senior guard Jessy Ward led the team with a season-high 22 points – including shooting 7-of-9 from the field while knocking down five trifectas. Myah Taylor ranked second on the team with 19 points while the trio of Janekia Mason (13 points), Kendall Spray (12 points) and Emanye Robertson (10 points) rounded out the Skyhawks in double figures.

Southeast Missouri (12-14, 6-7 OVC) heads into the weekend as winners of three of its last four contests including a pair of victories over SIUE and Eastern Illinois last week. In the team’s most recent contest, the Redhawks pulled off a commanding 42-point road victory at Eastern Illinois behind a school-record 17 three-pointers.

The Redhawks are led by senior forward Olivia Hackmann who averages 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. The duo of Bri Mitchell (14.8 ppg, 5.0 apg) and Hannah Noe (11.5 ppg) also average in double figures while sophomore guard Adrianna Murphy leads the OVC with 6.1 assists per game.

Saturday’s contest marks the 64th matchup between the two teams in program history with UT Martin holding a 33-30 series advantage. Southeast Missouri won the team’s previous matchup this season, escaping the Elam Center with an 82-79 road victory. UT Martin’s last loss in the Show Me Center came on Feb. 21, 2009.

The game will be streamed live, free of charge, courtesy of the OVC Digital Network at the link above. Fans can also tune into Mix 101.3 FM to hear Chris Brinkley (play-by-play) and Alex Boggis (color) provide analysis. Links for the radio broadcast 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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