PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB set to open ASC play on the road
UT Tyler (5-1 (0-1, ASC))
Sul Ross St. (4-1 (1-0, ASC))
12/1/2016 | Alpine, TX (Gallego Center) | Attendance: 248
UT Tyler2315181066
Sul Ross St.927171467
Stats at a GlanceUTTWSRSU
FG Percentage.403 (27-67) .469 (23-49)
3P FG Percentage.320 (8-25) .560 (14-25)
FT Percentage1.000 (4-4) .778 (7-9)
Offensive Rebounds135
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds3432
Bench Points2111
Statistical LeadersUTTWSRSU
PointsMichelle Obach - 15
Katy Boren - 15
ReboundsD'Onna Matthews - 7
Lindsey Hearn - 6
AssistsMichelle Obach - 5
Ellyn Avery - 7
StealsDemi Cumby - 2
Hannah Carr - 2
BlocksDemi Cumby - 2
Ellyn Avery - 2

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 3-ranked UT Tyler Patriots will open American Southwest Conference play this week when they play at Sul Ross on Thursday and at Howard Payne on Saturday.

The Patriots (5-0) are coming off a 2015-16 season where they went 15-0 in ASC play and bring in a 21-game regular-season winning streak after earning a 51-40 win over Birmingham Southern on Monday. ASC play starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday against the Lobos (3-1) at the Gallego Center in Alpine before taking on HPU (3-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Patriots earned a 79-75 win over HPU in a non-conference game in Tyler last Wednesday in a rematch of last year's ASC Championship final that UT Tyler won 77-70. 

UT Tyler started last season with an 8-0 record for the best start to a season in program history before dropping their only game of the regular season in a loss on Dec. 19, 2015 at Austin College. Since then, the team has won 21 straight regular-season games including victories over HPU, Chapman, Redlands and Dallas Christian to start this season.

UT Tyler has limited opponents to a 31.4 shooting percentage and own a 17 point scoring margin of victory this season entering ASC play, including holding Birmingham Southern to 27.1 percent shooting.

“I really liked the defensive intensity I saw from our group on Monday night,” said UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell who has compiled a 35-2 record as the program’s leader. “We are continuing to grow as a team and I’m looking forward to seeing us sustain intensity on both ends. Conference play brings some added excitement so it will be fun to watch our players compete.”

Michelle Obach is leading the Patriot with 15.2 points per game this season and enters this week with 969 career points. She will become the seventh player in program history with 1,000 career points with 31 more points and is also fourth all-time with 246 assists and 155 career steals. She had a season-best 22 points in the 79-75 win over HPU last Wednesday and also had 21 points against Redlands. D’Onna Matthews leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game and is adding 10.4 points, while Shuntay Raglin is averaging 10.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. Raglin scored a season-best 23 points in the win over HPU which was two points shy of her career-best of 25 last season against the Yellow Jackets.

Re’Elle Miller is adding 8.8 points per game, while Makenzi May is at 6.2 points per game. May and Obach lead the Patriots with six 3-pointer each. May is second all-time with 172 career 3-pointers which is approaching Melissa Thomas who holds the program’s record with 186 3-pointers from 2007-12. May also has 864 career points which is eighth all-time.

UT Tyler will return from its road trip to host Hardin-Simmons next Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.