RECAP: Thirteen players score in 35-point @UTTylerWBB win
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
Belhaven (2-13, 2-6)
UT Tyler (10-6, 6-3)
1/13/2018 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 375
UT Tyler1416321476
Stats at a GlanceBUWBBUTTW
FG Percentage.262 (16-61) .375 (27-72)
3P FG Percentage.125 (2-16) .294 (10-34)
FT Percentage.636 (7-11) .800 (12-15)
Offensive Rebounds915
Defensive Rebounds2636
Total Rebounds3551
Bench Points2337
Statistical LeadersBUWBBUTTW
PointsIndia SIMS - 8
Brittany Johnson - 17
ReboundsKayla SMOTHERS - 7
TEAM - 11
AssistsAaLiyaha THORNTON - 3
Alex Kochner - 5
Alexus Bertrand - 5
StealsKayla SMOTHERS - 1
Kimberly CALHOUN - 1
Alexis CALDWELL - 1
Brittany Johnson - 2
Samantha Odom - 2
BlocksAlexis CALDWELL - 3
Elisha Leathers - 2

Saturday, January 13, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – Brittany Johnson went for 17 points to lead the UT Tyler women’s basketball team to a 76-41 win over Belhaven on Saturday in a game where 13 Patriots scored in the 35-point victory at the Herrington Patriot Center.

“I thought this was a really good team win,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “We shared the ball really well on the offensive end and we did a great job of forcing hard shots on the other end. I liked that we came out in the second half with a lot of energy and turned some defensive stops into transition points.”

The Patriots (10-6, 6-3 ASC) improved to 7-1 at home with the win, while the Blazers fell to 2-13 overall and to 2-6 in conference play. UT Tyler finished the game with 10 3-pointers, a 51-35 rebounding advantage and limited Belhaven to 26.2 percent shooting.  

Johnson finished with her game-high 17 points after going 6-for-10 from the field, including going 3-for-6 on 3-pointers and hitting both of her free throws. Cumby came off the bench where she led the team with four 3-pointers and also supplied five rebounds, while Samantha Odom finished with nine points and eight rebounds to fall just short of her second straight double-double. Bianca Valderrama led the team with nine rebounds and added six points and MyKaela Alfred scored a career-best seven points after hitting three shots for the Patriots who dominated the third quarter with a 32-12 scoring advantage to put the game away and allow their entire bench to contribute in the win.

UT Tyler jumped out to a 30-13 halftime lead with Johnson leading the team with 10 points and Cumby at nine points. Cumby hit three first-half 3-pointers for the Patriots who had seven in the first 20 minutes of play, including two from Johnson who was 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 4-for-6 from the field to start the game. Valderrama had seven rebounds in the first half and Odom had six as the Patriots owned the glass with a 32-22 rebounding advantage going into halftime.

The Patriots will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against UT Dallas in Richardson in their only game next week before travelling to play at East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau in two weeks. UT Tyler plays its next home game on Thursday, Feb. 1 against the Yellow Jackets at the HPC.

“We will need to sustain defensive intensity to be successful in our road games the next couple of weeks,” Hassell said. “We will also have to play with urgency each possession understanding that all of them matter. If we focus on winning one possession at a time and play with high energy, we usually get the results we want.”