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Brandi Goodman signs with Skyhawks

Brandi Goodman signs with Skyhawks

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year Kevin McMillan has announced the addition of local Obion County Central product and Memphis transfer Brandi Goodman to the squad’s 2015 signing class.

Hailing from neighboring Troy, Tenn., Goodman joins the Skyhawks after a brief two-year stint at Memphis where she appeared in 14 games in 2013-14 after missing much of the season and her entire sophomore year due to injury. In limited action, she averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while chipping in seven steals and a pair of blocks. Her best performance in a Tiger uniform came against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in her second career game, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. She later tallied career highs with six rebounds in 26 minutes against Southern Methodist.

Prior to her stop at Memphis, Goodman prepped at Obion County Central High School under head coach Lyle LaRue. Goodman was a three-time all-state honoree and helped lead the Lady Rebels to the Class 2A state championship game in 2012. She was named District 13 AA MVP, along with being named to the all-region 7AA regular season and all-tournament teams. She helped lead Obion County Central to 118 career wins in her prep career, including a 35-3 mark as a junior. She left the Lady Rebels as one of just four players in school history to score over 2,000 points. She averaged a double-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game as a senior while finishing as a finalist for the Tennessee Miss Basketball award. Her 1,600 career rebounds finished just short of 120 boards short of the school record.

Goodman joins fellow signees Teddy Vincent (Martin, Tenn.), Emily Eubank (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Emanye Robertson (Memphis, Tenn.), Eryn Foster (Memphis, Tenn.), Ta’Naisha Hill (Huntsville, Ala.), Dakota Smith (Jackson, Tenn.) and Myah Taylor (Dyersburg, Tenn.). The group joins a Skyhawk program which has notched five consecutive postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament and the program’s most recent WNIT berth.

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Jones named OVC Female Athlete of the Year

Jones named OVC Female Athlete of the Year

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Allen

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UT Martin sophomore forward Ashia Jones has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 in voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors.

Jones will receive her award at the League’s annual Honors Brunch on May 29 in Nashville. The Male Athlete of the Year (Murray State point guard Cameron Payne) was announced on Thursday.

Jones became the second player in UT Martin women’s basketball history to earn All-American honors this season while also being named OVC Player of the Year and helping the Skyhawks to a perfect 16-0 Conference record (just the sixth in league history) and OVC regular season championship and tournament championship runner-up finish. Jones also took home the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Award for top women’s basketball player in the state of Tennessee.

This season she averaged 23.4 points per game, which led the OVC and ranked fourth nationally. Jones became the third-fastest player in program history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau, accomplishing the feat in 57 games (two games faster than Pat Head Summitt). She also set new single-season UT Martin records in points (772), field goals made (287) and 30-plus point games (10). Jones had several notable individual performances, tying the program’s single-game record with 44 points at Murray State on January 31 and nearly compiling a triple-double with 35 points, nine rebounds and a Skyhawk single-game record 11 steals at Miami (Ohio) on December 15.

Jones also helped guide the Skyhawks to its fifth consecutive postseason appearance, as UT Martin played at Ole Miss in the WNIT.

This marks the second-straight season the OVC Female Athlete of the Year winner has been a UT Martin women’s basketball player (Heather Butler won the award in 2013-14). Overall Jones is the third different UTM athlete to earn the honor.

Other nominees for the award included Austin Peay junior track athlete Breigh Jones, Belmont junior distance runner Hannah Wittman, Eastern Illinois senior forward Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Kentucky senior tennis player Amandine Faouzi, Jacksonville State senior catcher Sara Borders, Morehead State sophomore golfer Anna Magnusson, Murray State sophomore volleyball outside hitter Scottie Ingram, Southeast Missouri freshman soccer goalkeeper Kindra Lierz, SIUE soccer/softball player Samantha Jones, Tennessee State senior guard Chelsea Hudson and Tennessee Tech junior volleyball outside hitter Cody Dodd.
The OVC first awarded a Female Athlete of the Year in 1981.

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Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin basketball programs represented half of the college basketball award winners during the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual selection of the state’s college basketball coaches and players of the year honors.

In a vote of TSWA members, UT Martin men’s basketball coach Heath Schroyer and sophomore forward Ashia Jones were named the TSWA Men’s Coach and Women’s Player of the Year, respectively.

Schroyer burst onto the scene in his first year at the helm of the Skyhawks, leading the squad to not only the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2008-09 season, but all the way to the Final Four of the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament. A Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award finalist, Schroyer engineered one of the best turnarounds in the country this season. Under Schroyer’s guidance, the Skyhawks posted a 21-13 overall record while boasting a program record 12 road victories, tied for the nation’s lead.

Taking over an eight-win program from a year ago, Schroyer added UT Martin to his list of seven programs who have participated in postseason play while picking up the program’s first three postseason wins in Division-I history. The 13-win increase was the sixth-largest win improvement in Division-I.

“I am honored to have this award,” said Schroyer. “I have a great staff and a great bunch of kids that worked extremely hard this past year. I look forward to working hard and building on the success we had this year.”
A native of Covington, Tenn., Jones notches the program’s second Women’s Player of the Year award in as many years, joining only former great Heather Butler to claim the prestigious honor. Jones led the team to a 22-11 overall mark while becoming the sixth program in Ohio Valley Conference to finish the conference slate with an unblemished mark, going 16-0. This is the fifth major award handed out to the sophomore forward, joining honors such as Associated Press All-America honorable mention, WBCA All-Region, National Mid-Major Player of the Year by College Sports Madness along with OVC Player of the Year and All-OVC accolades.

Jones not only led the OVC but ranked fourth nationally with 23.4 points per game while averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She scored 772 points during the season, breaking the school’s previous single season scoring mark along with setting new benchmarks with 287 field goals made and 10 outings with 30 points or more.

“The work that Ashia put into her game last offseason proved dividends,” said UT Martin women’s head coach Kevin McMillan. “Ashia has proven that she can compete at a high level and we are looking forward to see how high her game can rise over the next two years.”

The duo joins Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw as Men’s Player of the Year while Chattanooga’s Jim Foster garnered Women’s Coach of the Year honors. All four honorees will be recognized during a luncheon at the TSSAA headquarters on Friday, July 10, during the TSWA’s annual convention in Nashville.

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OVC honors Butler

OVC honors Butler

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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The Ohio Valley Conference begins a new tradition in 2015 with the recognizing of men’s and women’s basketball legends from each of its member institutions during the OVC Basketball Tournament. Former Skyhawk guard Heather Butler has been chosen to represent UT Martin in the inaugural tradition.

With roots dating back to 1948, the OVC and its member institutions have produced many outstanding student-athletes who have earned numerous accolades and led their respective schools to success on the hardwood.

Each OVC member institution identified both a male and female legend to be honored through signage and announcements at this year’s and next year’s championship. This year the league selected six male student-athletes and six female student-athletes and next year the next group of 12 legends will be honored.

Butler finished her career as the top scorer in OVC history with 2,865 points which ranked 16th on the NCAA’s all-time leaderboard. Named the 2014 OVC Player of the Year, Butler ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 23.6 points per game along with setting her third NCAA three-point record with 392 career three-pointers made. Butler scored in double figures in 129 consecutive games – every game of her career – ranking as the second longest streak in NCAA history. Her 129 game double figures streak ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA list. She later signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Stars, becoming the first OVC player to play in the WNBA.

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Skyhawk Women top Govs 71-61

Skyhawk Women top Govs 71-61

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team notched its 10th consecutive victory, tying the program record for the best start to conference play in school history with a 71-61 victory at Austin Peay on Wednesday evening.

The Skyhawks (14-9, 10-0 OVC) remained unbeaten in league play with their 10th win and seventh road victory. Reigning OVC Player of the Week Ashia Jones – the nation’s ninth leading scorer – notched her seventh 30-point outing of the season with 34 points and five rebounds. Jones was the only player to score in double figures for the Skyhawks while Karisma Tyson trailed with nine points and Katie Schubert tallied six points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

Austin Peay (8-15, 5-5 OVC) shot just 29.4 percent from the floor while placing three players in double figures. April Rivers led the team with 16 points off the bench while the league’s second leading scorer Tiasha Gray tallied 14 points, six assists and six steals. Forward Jennifer Nwokocha tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to round out contributors.

“The last three minutes of the first half was really good and we made a good push in the second half to push it out,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “The bad thing is that we were leading by 17 with two minutes left and we let them close the gap to 10 points before the game was over. We have a chance to be really good, but we are teetering. We are at the point in the season whether we want to be a champion or not and that is a big question.”

Neither team would get much going in the opening four minutes of play as the Skyhawks held a narrow 6-4 lead at the first media timeout. Both teams would combine for six turnovers while the Lady Govs would tally eight offensive boards in the opening minutes alone.

Following a slew of substitutions, both teams would begin to take care of the ball while finding the bottom of the basket over the following five minute stretch. The Lady Govs would narrowly outscore the Skyhawks 11-10 over the following stretch, led by the play of Kristen Stainback who tallied seven points during the span.

The Skyhawks would respond with a 7-4 run of their own as Jones, Schubert and hometown guard Jessy Ward all scored during the segment. The Lady Govs would find baskets from Nwokocha and Sydney Gooch during the stretch.

Austin Peay would use a 5-3 margin following the media to take the team’s second lead of the game at the 5:16 mark, holding a 24-23 advantage.

UT Martin would respond by finishing the half on a 13-1 run over the final five minutes to take a 36-25 lead into the half. After struggling from behind the arc, the Skyhawks would tally three trifectas in the first half’s final minutes from Schubert, Tyson and Chelsea Roberts to finish the half strong.

Jones would lead all scorers with 13 points at the half while Roberts and Tyson each chipped in five points for the Skyhawks. Stainback led the Lady Govs with seven points while Nwokocha tallied six points and eight rebounds in the half.

Both teams would come out of the half looking to their top players in Jones and Gray. Ranked No. 1 and 2 in the OVC in scoring, both players scored each of the team’s six respective points during the opening four minutes of play as the Skyhawks clung to a 42-31 lead.

The Skyhawks would begin to put some separation between the Lady Govs, stringing together a 14-8 margin to push their lead out to 17 points with 12 minutes to play. Jones would lead the Skyhawks with five points during the span while five players total scored for the visitors during the stretch.

The Lady Govs would cut into the lead with a 10-7 advantage over the following sequence seeing the advantage cut to 14 with eight minutes to play. Rivers would begin to catch fire for the home squad during the run by knocking down back-to-back three-pointers.

UT Martin would look to push its lead back out over the following couple of minutes, seeing its lead reach as high as 18 points at the 4:43 mark. Jones would make the span her own, notching eight points during the team’s 8-4 run, tallying her seventh 30 point game of the season.

Austin Peay would finish the game on an 8-0 run over the final 1:49 minutes while holding the Skyhawks scoreless over the game’s last 4:16 minutes. Despite the run, the Skyhawks proved to be too much for the Lady Govs as they picked up the 71-61 victory.

The Skyhawks will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 when they play host to SIUE in a battle for the league’s top spot. Action from the Elam Center on Lin Dunn and City of Dresden night is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Jones named OVC  Player of the Week (Again)

Jones named OVC Player of the Week (Again)

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Allen

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University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball forward Ashia Jones continues to wrap up weekly honors as the sophomore has been named adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness Mid-Major Player of the Week and Tennessee Sportswriters Association Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
A native of Covington, Jones has continued to excel for the Skyhawks after dominating performances against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. Against Tennessee Tech, Jones tallied 29 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. She took her game to another level on Saturday, tallying 30 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for her eighth career double-double against Jacksonville State.

Overall, Jones ranks first in the OVC and 20th in the country with 21.1 points per game. Jones has tallied three 30 point outings in the past four games while notching seven 20+ point outings in the past nine contests. In just her last seven contests, she has averaged 27.2 points per game including a 31.3 average in the past four games. This is her fifth career OVC Player of the Week honor and fourth in the last sixth week.

Jones and the Skyhawks will look to continue their powerful start to OVC play. UT Martin is 5-0 in conference play for just the second time in school history – matching the record-setting 2013-14 squad. The Skyhawks have won 30 of their last 31 games against conference schools – including the OVC Tournament – while not dropping back-to-back league contests since Feb. 13, 2010.

UT Martin will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 21 when the Skyhawks play host to conference foe Eastern Illinois. Tipoff between the Skyhawks and Panthers from the Elam Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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Jones named OVC Player of the Week

Jones named OVC Player of the Week

Posted on 30 December 2014 by Allen

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University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball sophomore forward Ashia Jones was named adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second time in the past three weeks after her standout performance against Arizona on Monday evening.

Hailing from Covington, Tenn., Jones notched her 10th career game with 20 points or more and fourth of the season with a game high 25 points against Arizona. The league’s most efficient shooter just a year ago continues to shoot at a high clipping, knocking down 9-of-15 shots from the field while pulling down eight rebounds against the PAC-12 foe. She capped off her performance with three steals on the night.

Overall, her 25 point performance ranked as the 28th contest in which she has scored in double figures in the past 30 outings. In just her past four games along, the sophomore has averaged 25.5 points per game heading into conference play this weekend. This notches Jones’ third career OVC Player of the Week honor – including two this season in the past three weeks.

Jones and the Skyhawks will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 3 when they open OVC play and their title defense at Belmont in a rematch of last season’s OVC Tournament title game. UT Martin has posted a 63-21 record in conference play under head coach Kevin McMillan, good for a .750 winning percentage in the past five seasons.

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Lady Skyhawks fall to Bama 68-55

Lady Skyhawks fall to Bama 68-55

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team would challenge Southeastern Conference foe Alabama for the second consecutive year but could not overcome lopsided free throw and turnover margins as the Skyhawks fell 68-55.

The Skyhawks (2-6) shot 42.9 percent from the floor, knocking down 10 three-pointers and holding the lead twice. Where they come up short was in two categories – registering 27 turnovers while committing 30 fouls which led to 33 free throw attempts for the Crimson Tide.

Ashia Jones led the team with 18 points, along with four rebounds and four steals. Senior Karisma Tyson capitalized on her first career start, tallying 12 points and six rebounds on the night.

Alabama (7-3) placed four players in double figures, led by the career night of Hannah Cook who registered a new career best with 23 points. Karyla Middlebrook registered 14 points while Nikki Hegstetter and Ashley Williams tossed in 11 points each.

“This was a college basketball game that had 47 turnovers and we couldn’t do anything but turn the ball over on offense. That’s what I saw,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “We had control of the game late in the first half, but we couldn’t find enough to make the difference. We just can’t overcome a 21 point deficit at the foul line or 31 points off turnovers.”

The home squad would open the game on an 8-3 run in the first four minutes of the game. The Crimson Tide would draw five fouls in the opening minutes while both Cook and Hutchen notched four points each.

The Skyhawks would respond following another three-pointer from the Tide with a 7-0 run of their own to trim the margin to just one point. Trailing 11-10 at the 11:42 mark of the first, the trio of Jessy Ward, Jones and Monique Jackson each got on the board during the run.

UT Martin would briefly take its first lead of the game at the 10:27 mark as Jones knocked down a jumper from the left wing before Alabama would race down the floor for back-to-back field goals to retake the lead. The Tide would keep rolling after taking back the lead, using a 9-0 to hold a 20-12 advantage going into the 7:21 media.

The Skyhawks would outscore the Tide 9-5 over the next four minutes, trailing Alabama 25-21 at the final media break of the first half. Hegstetter would tally five points for the Tide during the span while five points from Tyson and baskets from Jones and Danielle Woolfolk trimmed the advantage.

UT Martin would outscore Alabama 4-1 in the final three minutes of the first half behind baskets by Ward and Jones. With the mini run, the Skyhawks would go into the halftime break trailing just 26-25. Alabama’s Cook led all scorers with 12 points while Jones tallied eight points to lead the Skyhawks.

The Tide would come out of the half with a 9-4 run, pushing their lead out from one point at the break to six at the first media break. Middlebrook would score five points in the opening points of the second while a pair of Skyhawks notched buckets.

Alabama would narrowly outscore the Skyhawks 16-14 over the following eight minute span. The Tide would be paced by Cook who tallied six points during the span while Briana Hutchen added four of her own. The Skyhawks received four points from Jones while Tyson notched a three-pointer to move the pair into double figures.

The Tide would string together a 7-0 run to jump out to a 62-47 lead with 3:40 to play before Jones would knock down a pair of free throws to snap the run. The Skyhawks would get as close as 10 points in the final minutes but could not overcome an insurmountable turnover and free throw margin, falling 68-55.

UT Martin will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State. Action from Redbird Arena is schedule to get underway at 2 p.m.

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Ward named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Ward named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Allen

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Rising University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball redshirt sophomore guard Jessy Ward has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s adidas Newcomer of the Week for the second consecutive week after a career performance this past week.

A native of Clarksville, Ward has burst onto the scene for the Skyhawks, becoming just the eighth player in school history to become a recipient of multiple Newcomer of the Week accolades and the first since current assistant coach Alecia Weatherly accomplished the feat in 2010.

No game was bigger for the newcomer than her performance against Evansville on Saturday, Nov. 29. Ward got the game started with two quick three-pointers out of the gate en route to a career best 25 point performance – including career marks with nine field goals made and seven three-pointers. Her eight points down the stretch in the final three minutes of the contest lifted the Skyhawks to the 84-74 victory.

Ward continues to lead the Skyhawks in scoring on the season, averaging 16.4 points per game while reaching double figures in all seven games of her young career – including 10 points against Samford earlier in the week.
Ward and the Skyhawks will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 4 when they travel to take on Southeastern Conference foe Alabama, a team which the Skyhawks defeated 75-57 last season.

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Lady Skyhawks coast to 84-74 win over Evansville

Lady Skyhawks coast to 84-74 win over Evansville

Posted on 30 November 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team never trailed while snapping a brief three-game losing streak behind a complete team effort in a 84-74 victory over Evansville, notching head coach Kevin McMillan’s 100th career victory at the helm of the Skyhawks.

The Skyhawks (2-4) placed four players in double figures for the second consecutive game while dominating on boards and shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor and knocking down a season-best 14 three-pointers. Career nights from both sophomores Jessy Ward and Tiara Caldwell proved to be enough to defend the Elam Center in a non-conference bout.

Ward tallied a career high 25 points in the victory, knocking down seven three-pointers on the evening. Caldwell tallied her first career double-double with 12 points and a career best 14 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. The duo was joined in double figures by Ashia Jones (15) and Katie Schubert (10).

“We’ll obviously take every win we can get and I thought we played a good Evansville team and had a good team performance,” said McMillan. “I thought Jessy Ward was great for us down the stretch. We needed someone to make some big shots for us and she did. Caldwell had a big night with her 14 rebounds, which was huge for us on the inside. We are inching along, but we’re getting there.”

Evansville (1-4) saw career nights from a pair of shooters as well. Sara Dickey led the Purple Aces with a new career high with 28 points while Ladd notched 25 points in the loss. The Purple Aces shot 55.6 percent from the floor during the game while Sasha Robinson led the team with eight rebounds in addition to her eight points.

The Skyhawks opened the game on a 9-4 run after Ward knocked down a pair of three-pointers while Schubert notched a trifecta of her own. The run would continue with a 15-8 advantage at the first media timeout. The home squad would knock down five of seven three-pointers during the span, led with three by Ward.

Evansville would open the following few minutes on a 7-0 run behind five points from Dickey. The game would be tied at 15 at the 14:48 mark after Kenyia Johnson scored a fast break layup following a Skyhawk turnover. UTM would rally with a 5-2 run of their own to hold a 22-17 advantage with 11:39 to play in the first.

The Skyhawks would continue on their previous run, extending it out to 13-0 over the course of four minutes, forcing Evansville to call a timeout with just under 10 minutes to play. During the run, the Skyhawks would tally another pair of three-pointer behind the hot shooting of Ward and Haley Howard, leading 30-17.

The Purple Aces would look to get back in the game over the next four minutes, outscoring the home team 10-6 during the span. Dickey and Ladd would take over the game for the visitors as Ladd knocked down a pair of three-pointers and Dickey tallied four points.

UT Martin would take a 46-32 lead into the halftime break. Finishing the first half on a brief 6-3 lead, the Skyhawks were led in scoring by Ward with 11 points while five players scored six points or more in the opening half. Evansville was led in scoring by Dickey with 18 points in the opening period.

Both teams would come out of the half with nine points in the opening five minutes. Evansville would get points from Robinson, Dickey and Ladd while four Skyhawks scored during the span. The Skyhawks would hold a 55-41 lead at the 14:56 mark of the second half.

The Purple Aces would put together a substantial run to get back in the ballgame. Stringing together a 28-14 run, Evansville would end up tying the contest at the 6:37 mark with a three-pointer from Dickey to knot the game at 69-69. During the run, Ladd would score 15 points for the Purple Aces.

Ward’s fifth trifecta of the game gave the Skyhawks the lead back after a brief tie, putting the home squad back on top with at 72-69. A jumper by Schubert would put the Skyhawks up by five before Khristian Hart would knock down a three-pointer to trim the margin to two points going into the final media timeout.

The two point margin would be as close as Evansville would get in the final minutes as the Skyhawks finished the game on a 10-2 in the game’s five four minutes of play. Ward would tally eight of her career high 25 points down the stretch to hold onto the 84-74 victory – snapping a three game losing streak.

UT Martin will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 4 when the Skyhawks travel to Southeastern Conference foe Alabama.

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Lady Vols upset by UTC

Lady Vols upset by UTC

Posted on 27 November 2014 by Allen

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A furious second-half comeback fell just short as #4 Tennessee was beaten at Chattanooga for the second consecutive time, 67-63, on Wednesday night. The Lady Vols (4-1), rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to tie the game on four occasions late in the second half, but UTC (4-2) made four free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

Junior Jasmine Jones returned to action and led the dramatic comeback. She scored 16 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. Jones grabbed eight rebounds, the most of any player in the game.

Senior Ariel Massengale was the only other scorer in double-figures for the Lady Vols with 11 points. The Lady Vols were limited to just 37.7 percent from the floor.

Chattanooga’s Keiana Gilbert led all scorers with a career-high 27 points. Destiny Bramblett added 12 points.

Alicia Payne put UTC ahead, 64-63 with 52.3 seconds remaining as she made the second of two free-throw attempts. Jasmine Joyner also made the second of a pair of foul shots with 14.8 remaining, that put the Mocs up 65-63.

Jones had a chance to tie the game for Tennessee, but her shot wouldn’t drop with five seconds left. Ka’Vonne Towns made both of her free throws with 2.7 seconds left to seal the victory for Chattanooga.

The game was tied at 57, 59, 61 and 63 setting the stage for the Mocs to claim the win.

The Lady Vols chipped away through the second half before Jones finally tied the game at 57 on a jumper with 4:31 left in the game. Tennessee cut their deficit to one possession on a jumper by Massengale with 8:10 on the clock at 54-51, but UTC continued to hold the lead for the next few minutes before Jones’ back-to-back filed goals tied the game for the first time.

The Lady Vols trailed by 16 at the half, 37-21, as the Lady Mocs shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the first half as compared the Tennessee’s 31.0. The Mocs also outrebounded the Lady Vols, 19-12 as they controlled the half throughout. Gilbert had 14 to lead all scorers in the first half. Massengale as Tennessee’s top scorer with five points in the first 20 minutes.

Playing at Chattanooga has been a challenge for the Lady Vols. In Holly Warlick’s debut as Tennessee’s head coach in 2012, she suffered an 80-71 defeat at McKenzie Arena.

Tennessee was eyeing their largest comeback since rallying from a 33-13 deficit at Rutgers in 2009, but they were not able to pull of the rally. Last season, the Lady Vols came back from 15-point deficits on two occasions to win.

Tennessee returns to action at #6 Texas on Sunday, Nov. 30. That game tips at 6:30 p.m. ET and airs on Fox Sports Net and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

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Skyhawks fall to Dayton 78-47

Skyhawks fall to Dayton 78-47

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team struggled on both ends of the floor before eventually falling to mid-major power Dayton, 78-47, on the opening night of the Hawkeye Challenge.

The Skyhawks (1-3) shot just 23.3 percent from the floor as opposed to the Flyers’ offense which shot a sizzling 50.9 percent from the field. Jessy Ward led the Skyhawks in scoring with 16 points while Ashia Jones was the only other player to reach double figures with 10 points and a team high five rebounds.

Dayton (1-2) saw all 11 player score in the ballgame, led by the play of Andrea Hoover who tallied 14 points on the evening, including knocking down 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc. Ally Malott finished the contest with 13 points while Jodie Cornelie tallied four points along with 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The Flyers held a slim 8-5 advantage at the first break before padding their lead over the following four minutes with an 8-2 run. The Skyhawks would try to respond to the run as Ward would knock down a pair of three-pointers but the Flyers would still hold a 25-13 advantage with 7:51 to play in the first.

Both teams would remain competitive for the remainder of the half with Dayton narrowly outscoring UT Martin 18-14 in the final minutes of the first. Hoover would lead all scorers at the break with 12 while Ward nipped at her tail with 11 points of her own.

Dayton would storm out of the gates in the second half, posting a 15-0 run before a free throw by Jones scored the Skyhawks first point of the second period at the 11:57 mark. The Flyers would take a 22-4 run into the under-eight media timeout, possessing a 65-31 advantage.

The Skyhawks would outscore the Flyers 16-13 for the remained of the ball game but the damage had already become insurmountable. A three-pointer by Ward with 55 seconds remaining in the contest would put a cap on the game’s final score of 78-47.

UT Martin will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 when the Skyhawks take on the loser of tonight’s second matchup between No. 18 ranked Iowa and Pepperdine. Action from Carver-Hawkeye Arena is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.

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Lady Skyahwks fall to  Southern Illinois in opener

Lady Skyahwks fall to Southern Illinois in opener

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team could not overcome a balanced scoring effort from the visitors from Southern Illinois, dropping the season opener 87-78 on Friday night.

The Skyhawks (0-1) saw three players score in double figures led by the play of All-OVC performer Ashia Jones. Jones picked up right where she left off last season, notching her 21st career game with 20 points or more – including the past 18 consecutive games. Her 29 points and 11 rebounds ranked as a new career high for points scored for the sophomore forward. Jessy Ward made the most of her Skyhawk debut, scoring 19 points on the night and a team-leading six assists while Katie Schubert notched 10 points in the contest.

“Well we tried to find a group that would play hard because we have to have effort,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “We put up 78 points and I was worried about us scoring but we couldn’t stop them. We got up early and were in control of the ballgame but then we couldn’t put anything together. We just have to find the right mixture of kids that will learn to play hard and continue the tradition that we have set.”

Southern Illinois (1-0) placed five players in double figures, led by the play of Rishonda Napier who tallied a team-high 20 points. Dyana Pierre was equally as impressive in the low post, tallying 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on the night. The Salukis filled the scoring column with double figure performances from Mercedes Griffin (15), Cartaesha Macklin (13) and Azia Washington (11).

Jones picked up where she left off last season, knocking down a jumper on the first possession of the ballgame to give the Skyhawks an early advantage. Following a put back for the Salukis, Jones connected on another shot before Ward scored five straight points to give the Skyhawks a 9-2 lead. The score would read 14-8 at the game’s first media timeout with Ward scoring eight points at the break.

SIU would post a 17-7 run over the next four minutes, taking a 23-21 advantage into the second media. Griffin would lead the Salukis with six points during the span while Macklin added a pair of baskets to take the lead.
Both teams would grind out the rest of the first half as the Skyhawks would take a slim 47-44 margin in to the halftime break. Both teams were shooting at an impressive mark through the first 20 minutes as the Skyhawks shot 56.3 percent while the Salukis were just as impressive with 52.8 percent from the floor. Ward led all scorers with 15 points while Jones had 14 points and six rebounds at the break. Griffin led all Salukis with 11 points.

The Salukis would take the lead for the duration of the game at the 17:49 mark of the second half as they went on a 9-0 run following a jumper by Shai Warfield-Cross. Pierre would reach double figures during the stretch, scoring four points on the run.

SIU would stretch their lead from a two point margin with 15:46 to play out to eight points over the next four minutes, leading 65-57 at the 11:34 break.

The Skyhawks would get as close as four points on a pair of occasions following a layup by Jones and a trifecta by Schubert with 4:46 to play. Jones would cap off her career evening with a layup with 59 seconds to play to give her 29 points on the night.

UT Martin will have to turn its focus quickly as the Skyhawks travel to No. 11/12 Louisville for a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 16. Action from the KFC Yum! Center is schedule for 1 p.m. CT.
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Lady Skyhawks are a big draw

Lady Skyhawks are a big draw

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Allen

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In a recent report by the NCAA, the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball squad ranked amongst the nation’s leaders in home attendance figures during the 2013-14 competition season.

In a study which ranked the top 50 teams in Division I women’s basketball attendance, UT Martin ranked 48th in the country in home attendance with 29,682 people coming through the turnstiles of the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center last season. Hosting a total of 12 home games last season, the Skyhawks averaged 2,474 people per contest, ranking as the top Ohio Valley Conference member.

As a whole, the NCAA’s 343 Division I teams participating in women’s basketball played a combined 5,154 games last season and totaled 8,136,855 in attendance. The national average was 1,579, including figures from neutral site contests and postseason tournament play.

The OVC ranked 20th in women’s basketball attendance out of the 32 NCAA member conferences. As a league, the OVC and its 12 member institutions combined for 154 home game and 142,407 total attendees. On an average, the OVC averaged 925 people per contest – including the OVC Tournament.

The Skyhawks will look to defend their home court once again when the team opens the regular season against Southern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 14. Tipoff from the Elam Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Ohio Valley Conference Attendance
School Games Attendance Avg.
Austin Peay 14 10,183 727
Belmont 12 6,984 582
Eastern Illinois 11 8,580 11
Eastern Kentucky 12 5,285 440
Jacksonville State 14 7,115 508
Morehead State 14 13,554 968
Murray State 13 6,609 508
SIUE 12 13,535 1,128
Southeast Missouri 13 6,846 527
Tennessee State 11 15,404 1,400
Tennessee Tech 12 14,943 1,245
UT Martin 12 29,682 2,474

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