PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB returns home to host LC, Blazers
Louisiana College (7-6, 3-4)
UT Tyler (9-6, 5-3)
1/11/2018 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 325
Louisiana College1017141859
UT Tyler1423212381
Stats at a GlanceLCWUTTW
FG Percentage.359 (23-64) .427 (32-75)
3P FG Percentage.231 (3-13) .320 (8-25)
FT Percentage.769 (10-13) .600 (9-15)
Offensive Rebounds1421
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds3548
Bench Points932
Statistical LeadersLCWUTTW
PointsBrooke Jones - 21
Carissa Spiker - 15
ReboundsBrooke Jones - 8
Samantha Odom - 13
AssistsKourtney McGhee - 6
Samantha Odom - 7
StealsKourtney McGhee - 3
Alexus Bertrand - 5
BlocksBrooke Jones - 1
Bianca Valderrama - 1

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will begin Alumni Weekend by hosting Louisiana College at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday before playing Belhaven at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (8-6, 4-3 ASC) are coming off a 46-point win at Sul Ross last Saturday and are currently 5-1 on their home court this season. UT Tyler leads the ASC coming into this week with a 41.6 shooting percentage, 74.2 points per game and a 31.2 shooting percentage on 3-pointers. The team is second in the conference with 16.3 assists per game and a 0.85 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Patriots will be on the road for the remainder of January with road games at UT Dallas, East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau. 

Alex Kochner leads the Patriots by averaging 12.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in her senior season. A Clear Lake native, Kochner is coming off a 13-point, 8-rebound performance at Sul Ross and currently has three double-doubles. She had her best game of the season over the holiday break when she went off for 29 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Whitworth for a pair of career highs. Carissa Spiker is adding 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with the majority of her time as a sophomore coming as a reserve. She has scored in double figures in four straight games, including 10 points in the win over Sul Ross and a season-high 20 points in a New Year’s Eve win over Jarvis Christian in the team’s last home game.

Brittany Johnson and Demi Cumby are both averaging just over 10 points per game, while Samantha Odom is at 7.9 points per game. Cumby led the Patriots with 15 points in the win at Sul Ross coming in as a reserve for the first time this season where she went 6-for-10 from the field, including going 2-for-2 on 3-pointers. Cumby is also averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and one assist. Johnson leads the team with 30 3-pointers this season after going 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in Alpine and finishing with 14 points. A senior from Nacogdoches, Johnson is third in the ASC with a 32.5 shooting percentage on 3-pointers. Alexus Bertrand leads UT Tyler with 3.7 assists per game to go along with 6.9 points per game. A senior from Mesquite, she is fourth in the ASC in assists and third in assist-to-turnovers at 2.05 through 14 games.

UT Tyler is also getting solid production from Bianca Valderrama who is averaging 6.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Shadazia Birchette is at 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. Valderrama made her first start as a Patriot on Saturday at Sul Ross and finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds after scoring 10 points last Thursday at Howard Payne. She is currently shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 23-for-26 at the free-throw line.

Louisiana College (7-5, 3-3 ASC) is coming off a 67-52 win over Concordia last Saturday in Austin to break a three-game losing streak, while Belhaven (1-12, 1-5 ASC) took a 76-61 loss last Saturday at Mary Hardin-Baylor after winning its only game of the season last Thursday with a 62-59 victory at Concordia. The Blazers will play at Ozarks on Thursday before traveling to Tyler to play the Patriots.

The UT Tyler basketball programs started play in the 2003-04 season and are excited to welcome back all alumni who have helped to build the programs into what they are today. The alumni are encouraged to come back on Friday and will have the opportunity to play against each other before being honored at the games on Saturday. The weekend’s events will culminate with a gathering at Republic Icehouse after the games on Saturday.

For information and to RSVP for the men’s alumni weekend contact associate head coach Jake Deer at and assistant coach DySeana Carpenter at to RSVP for the women’s basketball program's alumni weekend.