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UTM Game Notes
The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team will continue its four-game road swing with its second stop at Ohio Valley Conference rival SIUE on Saturday, Jan. 20. Tipoff from the Vadalabene Center is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Skyhawks (8-11, 4-3 OVC) picked up their second road victory in conference play to open the road trip with a commanding 72-44 win at Eastern Illinois on Thursday night. Both teams would play tight in the first half before UT Martin pulled away in the second half by outscoring Eastern Illinois 44-15 in the final 20 minutes of play – including a 22-3 fourth quarter – to pull away late. Posting yet another big game for the Skyhawks was rising freshman Chelsey Perry who notched her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the visitors.
UT Martin has won three of its last four games behind a talented foursome which is averaging in double figures during OVC play. Sophomore sharpshooter Kendall Spray leads the Skyhawks with 15.7 points per game in conference play after recently moving into ninth place on the program’s single-season three-point list with 73 made trifectas on the season. Meanwhile senior Ashton Feldhaus has taken her game to another level against league competition, averaging 12.9 points per game. The duo is joined in double figures by the duo of Emanye Robertson (12.6 ppg) and Perry (11.7 ppg).
SIUE (9-9, 6-1 OVC) enters the contest looking to close out its four-game homestand on a positive note after winning six of its last seven games during league play, including 65-57 victory over Southeast Missouri on Thursday evening. Currently sitting in a tie for second place in the OVC standings, the Cougars boast a pair of players who average in double figures in Lauren White and Donshel Beck. The senior duo of White (13.8 ppg) and Beck (13.6 ppg) have combined to score over 44 percent of the Cougars’ total output on the season.
Saturday’s matchup marks the 21st meeting between the two league rivals with UT Martin holding a 13-7 series advantage. Both teams split the season series, with each squad winning on its opponent’s home court. The Skyhawks posted an 82-72 victory at the Vadalabene Center last season while winning five of the last six meetings against the Cougars.
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.