PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB hosts HPU in home opener
HPUW (1-2)
UT Tyler (3-0)
11/23/2016 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 225
UT Tyler1626181979
Stats at a GlanceHPUWUTTW
FG Percentage.395 (32-81) .473 (26-55)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .308 (4-13)
FT Percentage.353 (6-17) .622 (23-37)
Offensive Rebounds2014
Defensive Rebounds1933
Total Rebounds3947
Bench Points1629
Statistical LeadersHPUWUTTW
PointsMatlock - 21
Shuntay Raglin - 23
ReboundsCastillo - 9
Makenzi May - 11
AssistsMatlock - 3
McKethan - 3
Cisneroz - 3
D'Onna Matthews - 3
StealsMatlock - 6
Michelle Obach - 1
Makenzi May - 1
D'Onna Matthews - 1
Carissa Spiker - 1
Shuntay Raglin - 1
BlocksCastillo - 2
Makenzi May - 1
Re'Elle Miller - 1

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots will open their home schedule at 1 p.m. on Wednesday by hosting Howard Payne in a rematch of last year’s American Southwest Conference Championship final at the Herrington Patriot Center in a game that will not count towards the ASC standings.

The Patriots (3-0) have opened their season right where they left off from last year’s historic season with wins over Dallas Christian, Redlands and Chapman by a 23.3 scoring margin advantage. UT Tyler, which has a 19-game regular-season winning streak going, was 16-0 last season on its home court in head coach Kendra Hassell’s first season leading the program. The Patriots will host Birmingham Southern next Monday before officially opening ASC play next weekend with road games at Sul Ross and Howard Payne.

Michelle Obach is leading the Patriots with 13.3 points per game this season, including going for 21 in the win over Redlands last Friday. The senior from Tyler has made 300 field goals in her UT Tyler career including 110 from beyond the arc and is fifth in program history with 241 assists and fourth with 152 steals. She earned all-America honors last year for the Patriots who went 30-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite 8. Re’Elle Miller is currently second on the team with 11.3 points per game and has added 3.1 rebounds per game. A senior from Waco, Miller averaged 7.4 points per game as a junior and is coming off a weekend where she had 18 points against Redlands and 16 in the three-point win over Chapman.

D’Onna Matthews leads the Patriots with 7.3 rebounds per game and is also adding 10.7 points per game. A senior from San Antonio, Matthews went for 11 points and nine rebounds in the win over Chapman last Saturday after having 12 points in the win over Redlands. A four-year player at UT Tyler, she has 357 total rebounds and 630 total points. She is second all-time with 65 career blocks, including two through three games this season. Makenzi May started her senior season off with a team-leading 15 points with three 3-pointers against Dallas Christian and is currently averaging 7.7 points this season. She is second all-time in UT Tyler history with 171 3-pointers and is closing in on Melissa Thomas who holds the program’s record with 186 3-pointers from 2007-12. May is currently eighth in UT Tyler history with 856 career points with Obach eighth with 937 points.

Shuntay Raglin, who is in her second season with the Patriots, is averaging eight points and 4.3 rebounds per game to start her senior year. A Waco native, she is coming off scoring 11 points in the win over Chapman where she also had six rebounds. Alexus Bertrand is adding seven points per game, while Samantha Odom (6.3 ppg.), Carissa Spiker (4.3 ppg.), Demi Cumby (4.3) and Dia Evans (4.0) are adding scoring options to the team that is averaging 79.7 points per game. Evans is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game after grabbing seven against Chapman and eight in the win over Redlands.

Howard Payne comes to Tyler with a 1-2 record after earning an 81-74 win over Schreiner last weekend. The Yellow Jackets, who dropped a 77-70 decision to the Patriots in the ASC finals last year, opened this year with an 87-52 loss to Abilene Christian and then fell 74-71 to Texas Lutheran. The Yellow Jackets will play in the Trinity Classic this weekend in San Antonio and will host Southwestern and LeTourneau next week before hosting UT Tyler on Saturday, Dec. 3 in an ASC game at the Brownwood Coliseum.