RECAP: @UTTylerWBB rolls to win over Cowgirls
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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ABILENE – Demi Cumby and Carissa Spiker scored 19 points each and Alexus Bertrand dished out seven assists to help lead the UT Tyler women’s basketball team to an 86-71 win over Hardin-Simmons on Thursday in an American Southwest Conference game at the Mabee Complex.

The Patriots (4-2, 2-0 ASC) trailed by two after the first quarter, but would own the rest of the game including outscoring the Cowgirls by a 24-16 margin in the second quarter to take a 38-32 halftime lead. UT Tyler led by as many as 23 points late in the fourth quarter, finishing the game shooting 43.8 percent from the field and having a 30-15 scoring advantage from the bench.

“I was really happy with how we made defensive adjustments in the game and maintained intensity from start to finish,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “We were able to push the ball after some stops and that helped us to eventually open up the game. We have quite a few offensive threats, which makes us difficult to defend. This game we did a good job of attacking the basket and finishing layups or getting to the free throw line.”

Spiker led the UT Tyler reserves with her 19 points and also added a team-leading eight rebounds. She would go 7-for-8 from the free-throw line for the Patriots and also added four assists. Cumby, who was coming off a career-high 24 points in last Saturday’s win at Ozarks, hit four 3-pointers in her 19-point performance. A senior from Athens, Cumby also grabbed six rebounds in the win.

Samantha Odom finished the game with five inside shots and three free throws for 13 points, while Brittany Johnson and Bertrand each had 10 points. A senior guard, Bertrand now has 28 assists through six games this season and 120 for her career. Alex Kochner took only three shots in the game, making one and hitting two free throws for four points, while securing seven rebounds. Bianca Valderrama would add six points and Shadazia Birchette three from the bench for the Patriots who have won their two ASC games on the road.

Hassell, who was an all-American player and in HSU’s Hall of Fame, is now 3-0 against her former school and 54-11 as the UT Tyler head coach.

The Patriots will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday against McMurry at the Kimbrell Arena in Abilene before returning to East Texas where the student-athletes will take final exams next week before hosting Mary Hardin-Baylor at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Herrington Patriot Center.