MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin senior guards Jasmine Newsome and Heather Butler earned spots on the Ohio Valley Conference first team as recognized by College Sports Madness, while Newsome garnered Player of the Year honor. Freshman Ashia Jones was named to the OVC third team and was tabbed Freshman of the Year in her debut season. Head coach Kevin McMillan was recognized as the Coach of the Year.
A native of Millington, Newsome was named an All-OVC first team selection and Defensive Player of the Year after ranking fourth in the league with 19.1 points per game while ranking first in assists (6.0 apg), steals (2.8 spg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She poured in double figure scoring outputs in 24 of 29 games, including 20 or more points in 10 games. She hit the 30-point plateau three times, while setting a single-game record with 44 points against Quinnipiac on Nov. 16.
Newsome won the OVC Player of the Week award two times along with moving into third on the league’s all-time scoring list with 2,512 career points. She swiped multiple steals in an astonishing 18 games, including a career-best seven steals on back-to-back occasions against Tennessee State and Murray State.
A 5-5 senior out of Medina, Butler was named OVC Player of the Year while taking home All-OVC first team honors ranking ninth in the nation in scoring with a league leading 24.1 points per game. She took home OVC Player of the Week honors five times after becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer with 2,811 career points. Her 2,811 career points rank 20th on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list.
Butler has scored in double figures every game of her career, ranging 126 consecutive games, ranking as the longest active streak in the NCAA. Her mark of 126 games in double figures ranks seventh in NCAA history. This season she eclipsed 20 points or more on 18 separate occasions, adding to her career total of 73 games. She tied the program record for points in a single game with 44 points on two occasions.
A freshman from Covington, Jones has quickly become one of the league’s top players after an impressive rookie campaign earning All-OVC second team honors, a spot on the All-Newcomer squad and OVC Freshman of the Year. Since entering OVC play, Jones has ranked fifth in the league with 18.1 points per game while leading the league with a .593 field goal percentage. Overall, Jones finished the season with averages of 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.
Jones scored in double figures 20 times on the season, including finishing the year with 14 consecutive games with 10 points or more. She scored 20 points or more on seven occasions and in five straight contests to cap the season. She took home a program record six Freshman of the Week honors this season, finishing the year with three consecutive weeks of honors.
McMillan led the Skyhawks to a 22-7 overall record and 15-1 league slate. The Skyhawks won their second outright OVC regular season championship en route to earning the No.1 seed and an automatic double bye into the league semifinals.