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Stats at a GlanceUTTWACW
FG Percentage.422 (27-64) .407 (24-59)
3P FG Percentage.333 (10-30) .320 (8-25)
FT Percentage.625 (5-8) .846 (22-26)
Offensive Rebounds612
Defensive Rebounds2532
Total Rebounds3144
Turnovers1721
Steals109
Bench Points2130
Statistical LeadersUTTWACW
PointsBrittany Johnson - 17
Kacie West - 21
ReboundsAlex Kochner - 11
Bryce Frank - 12
AssistsAlex Kochner - 3
Carissa Spiker - 3
Meghan Lewis - 6
StealsBrittany Johnson - 5
Bryce Frank - 3
BlocksAlex Kochner - 1
Bianca Valderrama - 1

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will return to action with a road game at Austin College on Thursday before hosting Jarvis Christian on New Year’s Eve at the Herrington Patriot Center in a pair of holiday break non-conference games.

The Patriots (6-4, 3-2 ASC) are on a two-game winning streak after earning a 64-45 win over Concordia last Tuesday to pick up their third American Southwest Conference victory of the season before rolling to a 91-63 non-conference win over Whitworth last Wednesday before going on Christmas Break. The holiday hiatus ends though on Thursday when UT Tyler travels to Sherman to play a 2 p.m. game against the Roos (6-4) who are 0-3 against ASC opponents this season with two losses to UT Dallas an another defeat to ETBU. Austin has beat the Patriots the past two years, including the last meeting in Sherman in UT Tyler’s only regular-season defeat in the 2015-16 campaign.

Alex Kochner leads the Patriots this season with 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Demi Cumby is averaging 11.6 points and Brittany Johnson 11 points. Carissa Spiker has come in as a reserve in all 10 games and is averaging 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, including going off for 19 points and eight rebounds in a road win at Hardin-Simmons. Kochner is coming off scoring a career-high 29 points after shooting 13-for-15 from the field and also recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds against Whitworth. She also had eight points and eight rebounds in the win over Concordia after leading the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor to start the three-game home stand.

Cumby contributed 13 points in the non-conference win over Whitworth for her sixth double-figure scoring performance this season, including a career-high 24 points when she hit six 3-pointers in a win at Ozarks. Cumby has hit 17 3-pointers this season and is averaging 1.6 assists per game. Alexus Bertrand is leading the team with 4.1 assists per game to go along with 7.2 points and 2.3 steals per game as the team’s starting point guard, while Samantha Odom is having a strong junior season with 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Odom has four double-digit scoring performances, including a season-high 14 against Cornell College. Johnson is currently second in the ASC with 2.20 3-pointers per game and third with 22 total 3-pointers.

UT Tyler comes into this week’s games shooting an ASC best 42.1 percent from the field and is limiting opponents to 37.5 percent along with having a plus-6 rebounding advantage. UT Tyler leads the ASC by averaging 75.8 points per game and with 80 3-pointers.

The Patriots will return to Tyler after their game at Austin College to host Jarvis Christian at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a New Year’s Eve celebration at the HPC. UT Tyler will use the game to stay sharp as ASC play is back on Jan. 4 when the Patriots travel to play Howard Payne on Jan. 4 in Brownwood and Sul Ross on Saturday, Jan. 6 in Alpine. UT Tyler opened the season with an impressive 83-54 win over HPU that went in the record book as a non-conference game.

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