No. 3 @UTTylerWBB cruises to 86-31 season-opening win
UT Tyler (0-0)
Dallas Christian (0-0)
11/15/2016 | Farmer's Branch, Texas | Attendance: 0
UT Tyler2621201986
Dallas Christian27101231
Stats at a GlanceUTTWDCC
FG Percentage.437 (31-71) .233 (14-60)
3P FG Percentage.320 (8-25) .000 (0-11)
FT Percentage.800 (16-20) .300 (3-10)
Offensive Rebounds1215
Defensive Rebounds3430
Total Rebounds4645
Bench Points506
Statistical LeadersUTTWDCC
PointsMakenzi May - 15
Shamara Taylor - 8
ReboundsTEAM - 8
TEAM - 10
AssistsMacie Arrington - 4
Breana Stoner - 2
StealsElisha Leathers - 3
Samantha Odom - 3
Shamara Taylor - 3
BlocksShuntay Raglin - 3

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

FARMERS BRANCH – Four players scored in double figures to lead the No. 3-ranked UT Tyler women’s basketball team to a commanding 86-31 season-opening win over Dallas Christian on Tuesday on the DCC campus.

The Patriots (1-0) have now started the season with a win four straight years after rolling to the win where they jumped out to a 23-0 lead over the Crusaders. UT Tyler, which went 30-2 last season and advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite 8, would start its season with Michelle Obach drilling a 3-pointer for the first points of the game and were up 13-0 when Makenzi May hit another 3-pointer. The team, which set a program record with 285 3-pointers last season, were up 23-0 when Alexus Bertrand hit a 3-pointer. Dallas Christian would score its first points of the game on a jumper at the 1:23 mark of the first quarter. The Patriots led 26-2 after the first 10 minutes of play and 47-9 at halftime. 

“We really came out shooting the ball well which can be difficult on someone else’s court,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “I was impressed with how we shot it to start out and our zone defense.

May, who averaged 12.6 points per game last season, led the Patriots with 15 points in the season opener after going 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Obach would have two assists and two steals to go along with 10 points, while Bertrand had 10 off her 3-pointer, a pair of layups and three free throws. UT Tyler freshman Carissa Spiker started her collegiate career by scoring 10 points on a 4-for-5 shooting display and going 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, while freshman Macie Arrington led the team with four assists and also had two points. Elisha Leathers and Samantha Odom led the Patriots with three steals each and D’Onna Matthews would add nine points and three rebounds. Shuntay Raglin finished the game with three blocks and eight points, while Odom and Demi Cumby finished with seven points each.

The Patriots would finish the night 8-for-25 on 3-pointers and shot 43.7 percent from the field, while limiting DCC to 23.3 percent form the field and forced 24 turnovers.

UT Tyler will return to action this weekend with a pair of road games in Redlands, California. The team will open against Redlands on Friday at 9 p.m. (CST) before playing Chapman at 7 p.m. (CST) on Saturday. The Patriots will then return home where they’ll play Howard Payne on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in their Herrington Patriot Center debut.