PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB to close regular season on the road
UT Tyler (16-8)
Belhaven (3-21)
2/15/2018 | Jackson, MS | Attendance: 119
UT Tyler2613171874
Stats at a GlanceUTTWBUWBB
FG Percentage.424 (25-59) .322 (19-59)
3P FG Percentage.357 (10-28) .368 (7-19)
FT Percentage.636 (14-22) .737 (14-19)
Offensive Rebounds149
Defensive Rebounds3218
Total Rebounds4627
Bench Points1821
Statistical LeadersUTTWBUWBB
PointsAlex Kochner - 18
Brittany Johnson - 18
AaLiyaha THORNTON - 15
ReboundsAlex Kochner - 14
Courtney HARPER - 5
Kayla SMOTHERS - 5
AssistsAlexus Bertrand - 7
AaLiyaha THORNTON - 6
StealsCarissa Spiker - 3
Courtney HARPER - 1
Kelsey BROWN - 1
Kayla SMOTHERS - 1
Kimberly CALHOUN - 1
BlocksBianca Valderrama - 1
Demi Cumby - 1
Courtney HARPER - 1

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will close out the regular season this week with road games at Belhaven and Louisiana College and with an opportunity to move up to the American Southwest Conference East Division second seed with a pair of wins and a loss from East Texas Baptist.

The Patriots (15-8, 11-5 ASC) are currently third in the ASC East standings behind ETBU (13-4 ASC) and UT Dallas (14-2 ASC) which will host the ASC Championship tournament next week in Richardson. UT Tyler is 2-0 against the Tigers this season and would move up to the second seed with wins over Belhaven (3-13 ASC) and LC (9-7 ASC) coupled with a loss from the Tigers who finish the regular season against UTD on Saturday.

UT Tyler begins the final week for the regular season at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against the Blazers in Jackson, Mississippi before playing the Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Pineville, Louisiana. The Patriots were an 81-59 winner over LC and took a 76-41 victory against Belhaven in the first meetings against this week’s opponents.

Alex Kochner is coming off her seventh double-double of the season where she scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds in the 65-58 loss to UTD last Saturday. A senior from Clear Lake, Kochner is averaging 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds for the season for the Patriots. She scored a career-high 29 points earlier this season in a win over Whitworth and has recorded two straight double-doubles after also going for 19 points and 12 rebounds last Monday in a win over Ozarks.

UT Tyler sophomore Carissa Spiker is adding 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Brittany Johnson is at 11 points per game and leads the Patriots with 49 3-pointers in her senior season. Johnson has hit five 3-pointers in three games this season, including against ETBU in Marshall. Spiker scored a career-high 25 points two weeks ago in a win over LeTourneau before scoring 15 in wins over ETBU and Ozarks. She contributed eight points and six rebounds last Saturday against UTD, while Bianca Valderrama had 15 points against the Comets. A junior from Corpus Christi, Valderrama is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game to lead the reserves.

UT Tyler senior point guard Alexus Bertrand leads the Patriots with 3.6 assists per game and is also adding 6.5 points, while junior Samantha Odom is contributing 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Bertrand had five assists against the Comets and has 13 games this season with four or more assists. Odom recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in the first game against Louisiana College and had nine points and eight rebounds against the Blazers.

The Patriots come into the final week of play leading the ASC with 173 3-pointers made (7.5 per game) and are second in the conference with a 0.98 assist-to-turnover ratio, 391 assists (17 per), 73.1 points per game and a 41.5 shooting percentage for the season.  

East Division
UT Dallas 14-2 0.875 20-3 0.870 W6
East Texas Baptist 13-4 0.765 19-5 0.792 W1
UT Tyler 11-5 0.688 15-8 0.652 L1
Louisiana College 9-7 0.563 13-9 0.591 W3
Belhaven 3-13 0.188 3-20 0.130 L7
Ozarks 2-14 0.125 4-19 0.174 L6
LeTourneau 2-15 0.118 5-19 0.208 L1
West Division
Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-3 0.800 19-4 0.826 L1
McMurry 11-5 0.688 13-10 0.565 W2
Howard Payne 10-5 0.667 14-9 0.609 W1
Concordia Texas 9-6 0.600 13-10 0.565 W6
Sul Ross State 4-11 0.267 6-17 0.261 L5
Hardin-Simmons 3-13 0.188 5-19 0.208 L2


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