CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team would prove no match for the No. 22 nationally ranked DePaul Blue Devils on its home court, dropping the team’s fourth consecutive road contest 100-68.
The Skyhawks (3-9) struggled to take care of the ball, committing 24 turnovers – including 16 in the first half alone. The team’s shooting touch would falter as well as the Skyhawks shot just 38 percent from the floor while placing just two players in double figures.
UT Martin was led in scoring by freshman Kendall Spray who built upon a strong performance at Missouri by tying her previous career-high with 17 points while tallying six rebounds. Sophomore Myah Taylor also reached double figures with 14 points on the night.
No. 22 DePaul (8-4) picked up its fifth win in the comforts of McGrath-Phillips Arena behind a mixture of high powered offense and stingy defense. The Blue Demons saw five players score in double figures led by the play of Brooke Schulte with 27 points and seven rebounds. Schulte was supported by Jessica January (12), Claire McMahon (12), Amarah Coleman (10) and Chante Stonewall (10) all in double figures on the stat sheet.
The Blue Demons would waste little time getting on the board in the first quarter, grabbing the opening tip and getting on the scoreboard just three seconds into the contest on a layup by Schulte. DePaul would cruise through the first quarter overall, outscoring UT Martin 30-10 in the opening period. The second quarter would play out similarly as DePaul outscored the Skyhawks by 14 points in the period to take a 58-25 lead into halftime.
UT Martin would play even with DePaul in the third quarter with both teams scoring 21 points each in the opening period of the second half. The Skyhawks would ultimately win the second half narrowly by outscoring the Blue Demons 43-42. Despite the strong second half, the deficit would be too much to surmount as the Skyhawks dropped the contest 100-68.
The Skyhawks will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 22 with their final non-conference game of the season by taking a short trek across Chicago into Evanston to battle Northwestern. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.