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Stats at a GlanceCTXUTTWBB
FG Percentage.348 (24-69) .490 (25-51)
3P FG Percentage.120 (3-25) .444 (8-18)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .917 (11-12)
Offensive Rebounds176
Defensive Rebounds2030
Total Rebounds3736
Turnovers1219
Steals36
Bench Points438
Statistical LeadersCTXUTTWBB
PointsDejean - 16
Spiker - 20
ReboundsEllison - 11
Matthews - 9
AssistsCullers - 3
Payne - 3
Ellison - 3
Obach - 3
StealsDejean - 1
Payne - 1
Ellison - 1
Miller - 2
BlocksDejean - 1
Cullers - 1
Payne - 1
Matthews - 1
Spiker - 1
Cumby - 1

Thursday, February 23, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots begin the defense of their American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball Championship at 5 p.m. on Thursday against Concordia at the Brownwood Coliseum in the third of four quarterfinal matchups in Brownwood.

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The Patriots (19-6) have won 11 of 13 games coming into the postseason and have won two of the past three ASC Championship Tournaments. UT Tyler won the 2016 title in Tyler and the 2014 championship and are 9-4 in six ASC tournament appearances in program history. With a win, the Patriots would play at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals on Friday against the winner of the Howard Payne and Louisiana College quarterfinal matchup. The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday with the winner earning the ASC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Tornados (16-9) are the third seed out of the West Division and are 0-1 against the Patriots this season after taking a 78-69 overtime loss on Jan. 7 in Tyler with Michelle Obach leading the team with 13 points, while Demi Cumby had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Samantha Odom at 11 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.

UT Tyler is led by head coach Kendra Hassell who is 49-8 in her two seasons with the Patriots. The team is currently ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Division III South Region. UT Tyler is the best offensive team in the ASC with a 77.8 points per game average and with its 44.1 shooting percentage

Obach is averaging 15.2 points per game and leads the Patriots with 81 assists and 36 assists this season. A senior from Tyler, Obach is second in program history with 317 assists and 178 steals in her career and is fourth with 1,258 points. She is coming off a week where she scored 18 points at UT Dallas and 15 at Ozarks to led the team. A returning All-America, she has hit 49 3-pointers this season at a 39.8 percentage and has made 76 of 96 free throws.  D’Onna Matthews is second on the team with 10.8 points per game and is leading the team with 39 blocked shots. Dia Evans leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game, while Matthews has 6.2 rebounds per game on her resume. A senior from San Antonio, Matthews is second in program history with 102 blocked shots and sixth with 690 rebounds. Evans is adding 8.0 points per game this season for the Patriots and has also contributed 43 assists and 24 steals.

Makenzi May has played in a program record 118 career games and enters the postseason of her senior season averaging 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. A Mont Belvieu native, May is also the all-time UT Tyler leader with 209 career 3-pointers, eighth with 207 career assists and 10th with 395 rebounds. May is second all-time in ASC history in 3-pointers with Lauren Harris owning the record of 217 for Hardin-Simmons from 2001-05. Shuntay Raglin is third on the team with 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Cumby is at 6.6 points per game and Re’Elle Miller at 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Raglin and Miller are seniors from Waco who helped lead the Patriots to the tournament title last season in their first years in Tyler, while Cumby is a junior transfer from McLennan College who is in her first season at UT Tyler. Raglin scored a career-best 23 points in a win over Howard Payne in Tyler, while Cumby had a season-best 22 points against Mary Hardin-Baylor.

2017 ASC Championship Tournament Teams (by ascsports.org)

East Division

No. 1 UT Dallas (15-1 / 22-3) – UT Dallas enters the tournament as the East Division champion, claiming its second division title and first since 2009. UTD makes its 11th consecutive tournament appearance, has won two ASC championships (2013, 2015) and has a 9-8 tournament record. Senior guard Alyssa Crockett leads the Comets in scoring and ranks seventh in the ASC (15.0). Senior forward Micaela Gonzalez ranks 12th in scoring (12.5) and 13th in rebounds (6.7). Gonzalez also leads the conference in field goal percentage (.476) and ranks second in blocks (50).

No. 2 UT Tyler (11-5 / 19-6) – The defending ASC champion, UT Tyler makes its fifth straight tournament appearance and seventh overall. The Patriots have a 9-4 tournament record and have won two of the last three conference crowns, and finished as the runner-up in 2015. Senior guard Michelle Obach ranks fifth in scoring (15.2), second in three-point percentage (.398), fourth in field goal percentage (.415) and free throw percentage (.792) and is fifth in assists (81). Senior forward D’Onna Matthews ranks fourth in blocks (39), 17th in rebounds (155) and 24th in scoring (10.8).

No. 3 LeTourneau (10-6 / 13-12) – LeTourneau makes its fourth tournament appearance and won its first game in the ASC tournament last season. Senior guards Crystal Jones (22.2) and LaTanya Drakes (17.3) are the top scoring duo in the conference ranking first and second, respectively. Jones scoring average also ranks 11th in Division III. She leads the ASC in free throw percentage (.845), ranks second in steals (81) and is seventh in three-point percentage (.291) and field goal percentage (.403). Drakes holds two top 10 Division III stats at fourth in rebounds (14.3) and ninth in double-doubles (18). Drakes also ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.411) and sixth in free throw percentage (.789).

No. 4 Louisiana College (7-9 / 8-15) – Louisiana College returns to the ASC tournament after a one-year absence. The Wildcats make their 10th tournament appearance after snapping a streak of eight consecutive trips to the ASC postseason event. LC has an 11-8 tournament record and is a three-time runner-up. Junior center Brooke Jones leads the team in scoring (12.5) and rebounds (7.0), both ranked in the top 15 in the ASC. Junior guard Kourtney McGhee ranks 11th in assists (60) and sophomore guard RyDeja McQuarn ranks eighth in steals (1.9).

West Division

No. 1 Howard Payne (12-4 / 15-10) – Howard Payne claimed its sixth West Division title and leads the ASC with the most tournament appearances (15) and wins (22). The Lady Jackets' 14 consecutive tournament appearances in the longest active streak and rank second with five ASC crowns, winning their most recent title in 2011. Senior center Sarahi Castillo is one of only two players in the conference to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounds. Castillo ranks second with 11 double-doubles, fourth in scoring (16.1) and second in rebounds (9.8). She also leads the league in blocks (63) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.430). Graduate forward Micah Cisneroz ranks second in free throw percentage (.800), eighth in scoring (14.9) and sixth in field goal percentage (.407). Sophomore guard Valerie Matlock is ranked fifth in Division III in steals (99) and ranks fourth in the ASC in assists (92).

No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-6 / 17-8) – Mary Hardin-Baylor makes its fifth consecutive tournament appearance and 13th overall. The Cru is 8-12 in the conference tournament, has three runner-up finishes and is one of four teams with more than 10 appearances in the ASC championship. Senior forward Jonelle Smith leads the UMHB offense with 12.3 points per game and ranks 14th in the ASC. Senior guard Kendra Wynn ranks sixth in rebounds (8.5) and set the UMHB single-season record in steals, ranking fourth (62) and ranks 17th in scoring (11.9). Junior Meghan Turner leads the conference in assists (108) and ranks third in assist-turnover ratio (2.0).

No. 3 Concordia Texas (9-7 / 16-9) – Concordia Texas makes its sixth consecutive tournament appearance and seventh overall. The Tornados are 3-5 in tournament play and won the ASC title in 2012. Junior guard Jaela Dejean is one of just three players in the conference to score more than 400 points on the year and ranks third in points per game (17.2). Dejean also ranks third in field goal percentage (.427), 11th in free throw percentage (.770) and is 13th in assists (2.8). Senior guard Emily Cullers ranks second in three-point field goals (68), fourth in three-point percentage (.366), fifth in steals (60) and eighth in blocks (29).

No. 4 Sul Ross State (7-9 / 10-15) – Sul Ross State will compete its first tournament in team history. The Lobos improved their conference win total by six games, more than doubled their overall wins from last season and ended the year with a win over West Division champion Howard Payne. Junior guard Katy Boren leads the SRSU offense and ranks 20th in the ASC in scoring (11.8). Sophomore forward Kenya Miles ranks ninth in rebounds (177), senior guard Ellen Avery ranks sixth in assists (79) and 25th in scoring (10.7). Freshman forward Lindsey Hearn is the top threat behind the arc for the Lobos, ranked third in three-point percentage (.368) and three-point field goals (63).

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