RECAP: @UTTylerWBB holds off HPU in home opener
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11/23/2016 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 225
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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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Shuntay Raglin grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in with 17 seconds on the clock to seal a 79-75 non-conference win over Howard Payne on Wednesday at the Herrington Patriot Center to extend the Patriots’ regular-season winning streak to 20. HPU led by as many as 12 in the first quarter before UT Tyler took the game to halftime tied at 42.

“I like the way the team kept their composure after an early run by HPU,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “They came out hot like they always do and we eventually settled in and chipped away. We did a great job of feeding the post and scoring inside. Our team played really hard and responded each time Howard Payne go some momentum.”

The No. 3-ranked Patriots (4-0) led by as many as 11 points when Dia Evans scored at the 4:08 mark of the fourth quarter and held off a charge from the Yellow Jackets (1-3) who closed to within two points when Djimonii Jackson hit a jumper with 39 seconds to play. The game was a rematch of last year’s American Southwest Conference Championship final that the Patriots earned a 77-70 win in. The game does not count toward the ASC standings and is the first meeting between the two teams who will play against on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Brownwood.

Raglin led the Patriots with 23 points in the game which was two points off her career-best of 25 that came last season against HPU. Raglin was 11-for-15 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds in the win, while Michelle Obach had 22 points after hitting three 3-pointers, six shots from the field and seven free throws. Makenzi May led the Patriots with 11 rebounds and had three points. 

D’Onna Matthews added 12 points and seven rebounds and Dia Evans had eight points and five rebounds for the Patriots who scored 40 points in the paint and owned a 47-39 rebounding advantage. UT Tyler shot 47.3 percent from the field and was 4-for-13 on 3-pointers, while Howard Payne shot 39.5 percent and scored 46 points in the paint. Valarie Matlock led HPU with 21 points and six rebounds and Sarahi Castillo had 16 points and nine rebounds.

UT Tyler returns to action at 5:30 p.m. on Monday against Birmingham Southern at the HPC before travelling to play at Sul Ross and HPU in its ASC openers next weekend.