RECAP: No. 3 @UTTylerWBB moves to 3-0
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11/19/2016 | Redlands, CA | Attendance: 88
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Stats at a GlanceCHAPMANUTTW
FG Percentage.254 (17-67) .444 (24-54)
3P FG Percentage.273 (6-22) .083 (1-12)
FT Percentage.731 (19-26) .619 (13-21)
Offensive Rebounds2210
Defensive Rebounds2631
Total Rebounds4841
Bench Points1519
Statistical LeadersCHAPMANUTTW
PointsLauren Sato - 18
Re'Elle Miller - 16
ReboundsTEAM - 14
D'Onna Matthews - 10
AssistsJaryn Fajardo - 3
Re'Elle Miller - 1
D'Onna Matthews - 1
Alexus Bertrand - 1
Michelle Obach - 1
Carissa Spiker - 1
StealsKatelyn Serizawa - 2
Lauren Sato - 2
Michelle Obach - 2
Dia Evans - 2
BlocksD'Onna Matthews - 2

Saturday, November 19, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||


REDLANDS, Calif. – Re’Elle Miller took over late and Michelle Obach sealed it.

The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots are 3-0 for the third straight season after securing a 62-59 non-conference win over Chapman University on Saturday at the Currier Gym at Redlands. The Panthers were playing their first game of the season after going 19-7 last year, while the Patriots stayed perfect in their three-game opening week of the season. UT Tyler, which also earned wins over Dallas Christian and Redlands this week, will host Howard Payne at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in its Herrington Patriot Center opener.

“I was proud to see our team fight through adversity in both of these games to find a way to win,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “Even when we were down toward the end, they stayed poised and made plays when it mattered the most. I think this experience will prove to be very valuable down the line. We are looking to improve every day and build off these wins.”

Miller would lead the Patriots with 17 points in the game, while D’Onna Matthews and Shuntay Raglin had 11 each as the team owned a 34-18 advantage in points in the paint scoring. UT Tyler, which trailed 38-36 at halftime and was down 49-46 after three quarters, would see Miller take control in the fourth with strong drives and finishes at the basket. She would hit a shot at the 4:33 mark to cut a six-point deficit to four and then tied the game at 56-56 with 2:55 remaining in the game. She would give the Patriots their first lead of the second half by converting an old-fashion three-point play for the 57-56 lead before the teams went scoreless over the next two minutes.

“Re’Elle is the ultimate competitor,” Hassell said. “She works extremely hard every day in practice and sacrifices her body to make plays. It’s no surprise to see her experience success in games because she practices like a winner and she is fearless.”

Chapman would tie the game when Jaime Hum-Nishikado made three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc with 41 seconds remaining, but again it was Miller who was aggressive and found herself at the free-throw line with 24 seconds remaining. She missed the first, but drained the second for a 60-59 lead. The Panthers would attempt to set up a play, but Michelle Obach would steal a pass and take it in for a layup. A last-second 3-point attempt missed and UT Tyler earned the win.

Obach finished the game with eight points along with Samantha Odom for the Patriots who went 1-for-12 from beyond the arc. With their 3-point shot not falling in California, the Patriots relied on Matthews, Miller and Raglin who won the game inside. The Patriots shot 24 of 54 from the field and limited the Panthers to 17 of 67 (25.4 percent).

UT Tyler has now won 19 straight regular season games dating back to last season.