PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB set for two Abilene showdowns
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (4-2, 2-0 ASC)
Hardin-Simmons (3-4, 1-2 ASC)
12/7/2017 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 454
UT Tyler1424222686
Stats at a GlanceUTTWHSU
FG Percentage.438 (28-64) .489 (23-47)
3P FG Percentage.304 (7-23) .467 (7-15)
FT Percentage.676 (23-34) .621 (18-29)
Offensive Rebounds1912
Defensive Rebounds1924
Total Rebounds3836
Bench Points3015
Statistical LeadersUTTWHSU
PointsCarissa Spiker - 19
Demi Cumby - 19
Danie Mabry - 25
ReboundsCarissa Spiker - 8
Danie Mabry - 10
AssistsAlexus Bertrand - 7
Heidi Schroeder - 5
StealsDemi Cumby - 4
Karlea Ritchie - 2
BlocksBianca Valderrama - 1
Alex Kochner - 1
Demi Cumby - 1
Heidi Schroeder - 1
Addison Garcia - 1

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team is on a two-game winning streak and returns to action this week with a pair of American Southwest Conference road games against Hardin-Simmons on Thursday and McMurry on Saturday in Abilene.

UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell is 53-11 leading the Patriots over the past two-plus seasons and returns to HSU where she is in its Hall of Fame after a playing career where she was a two-time All-American along with being named the Wade Trophy winner as National Player of the Year for Division III and NCAA Texas Woman of the Year for the Cowgirls. Hassell and the Patriots (3-2, 1-0 ASC) are coming off a 77-60 ASC-opening win at Ozarks last week and will play Hardin-Simmons (3-3, 1-1 ASC) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Mabee Complex before a 2 p.m. game against McMurry (4-3, 3-0 ASC) on Saturday at the Kimbrell Arena.

UT Tyler senior Demi Cumby was named the ASC East Division Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a career-high 24 points with six 3-pointers last weekend in Arkansas. An Athens native, Cumby is averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game to start the season after averaging 6.5 points per game as junior. Alex Kochner leads the Patriots with 12.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game through five games, including scoring a season-best 20 points in a win over Centenary and a career-high 14 rebounds against Cornell College. A senior from Clear Lake, Kochner is coming off scoring 13 points against Ozarks for her fourth double-figure scoring performance of the year. The offense is also bolstered by Brittany Johnson who is averaging 11.6 points per game and Samantha Odom who is at 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Johnson leads the Patriots with 14 3-pointer this season, including hitting four against Howard Payne in the season-opener and then five against Cornell. She is shooting 46.7 percent from beyond the arc for the Patriots who are 47-for-117 (43.9 percent) from beyond the arc. Alexus Bertrand leads the team with 21 assists and is averaging 5.4 points per game as the team’s starting point guard and Carissa Spiker, Shadazia Birchette and Bianca Valderrama are providing depth off as reserves. Spiker is averaging 8.4 points per game, while Birchette is at 7.6 and Valderrama 4.8. Birchette led the Patriots with 13 points against Trinity, while Valderrama came off the bench to grab eight rebounds in the win last Wednesday against Centenary.

Hardin-Simmons is coming off a 69-68 loss to Louisiana College last Saturday after earning a 67-65 overtime win at Belhaven in its ASC opener. LC outscored the Cowgirls 18-10 in the fourth quarter for the one-point win with Taylor Gaffney and Danie Mabry leading HSU with 13 points each. The Cowgirls are averaging 62 points per game, while the Patriots are averaging 76.6 coming into Thursday’s showdown in Abilene. UT Tyler is 2-0 against HSU under Hassell’s leadership, including a 70-55 win in last year’s matchup. McMurry is on a three-game winning streak with wins over LC, Belhaven and Ozarks on Tuesday in a 76-71 win.

UT Tyler will return home after its weekend road trip to host three straight games before the holiday break. The Patriots host Mary Hardin-Baylor on Dec. 16, Concordia on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Whitworth on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Herrington Patriot Center. Additionally, Howard Payne and Whitworth will play a neutral court game on Monday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the HPC.