PREVIEW: No. 21 UTTylerWBB hosts Cowgirls on Saturday
Hardin-Simmons (3-4, 1-2)
at
UT Tyler (6-2, 1-2)
12/10/2016 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 350
1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Hardin-Simmons1210151855
UT Tyler2313171770
Stats at a GlanceHSUWUTTW
FG Percentage.328 (19-58) .450 (27-60)
3P FG Percentage.273 (6-22) .350 (7-20)
FT Percentage.846 (11-13) .563 (9-16)
Offensive Rebounds79
Defensive Rebounds2424
Total Rebounds3133
Turnovers1710
Steals37
Bench Points3022
Statistical LeadersHSUWUTTW
PointsKourtney Holyfield - 9
Michelle Obach - 17
ReboundsDeontae Ingram - 8
Kayla Brown - 8
Re'Elle Miller - 6
AssistsKourtney Holyfield - 3
Michelle Obach - 5
StealsKayla Brown - 1
Jasmine McClellan - 1
Kourtney Holyfield - 1
Makenzi May - 2
BlocksHeidi Schroeder - 1
Demi Cumby - 4

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The No. 21-ranked UT Tyler women’s basketball team returns to its home court to play Hardin-Simmons at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center after opening American Southwest Conference play with a pair of road losses last week.

The Patriots (5-2, 0-2 ASC) had a 32-game conference winning streak and a 21-game regular-season winning streak end with losses at Sul Ross and Howard Payne which dropped the team from being ranked third in the nation down to 21st. UT Tyler is 3-0 at home this season and has an 18-game winning streak inside the HPC coming into its showdown with the Cowgirls (3-1, 1-1 ASC).

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to put a completely different product on the floor,” said Kendra Hassell, who was an All-America player at Hardin-Simmons. “Our team has practiced extremely hard the past couple of days and is as hungry as ever. We know that we haven’t played well even through our wins at this point in the season, so we are looking forward to showing what we are capable of.”

HSU is coming off its ASC openers where it earned a 63-51 win over East Texas Baptist before taking a 75-67 loss against Louisiana College in Abilene. The Cowgirls are 2-2 away from home this season after going 10-16 last year. 

Michelle Obach comes into Saturday’s game having scored 984 career points and will become only the seventh player in UT Tyler history to surpass 1,000 points. A senior from Tyler, Obach leads the Patriots with 15.2 points per game this season and also 13 steals and 15 assists. In her third season at UT Tyler after playing her freshman season at Merrimack, Obach is fourth in program history with 251 assists and 155 steals in her career which both rank fourth all-time. Fellow senior, Makenzi May has scored 876 points in her career and is averaging 6.1 points per game. She is second all-time with 175 career 3-pointers in 100 career games played. May and Obach lead the team with nine 3-pointers each.

D’Onna Matthews is leading the Patriots with 7.4 rebounds per game and is also adding 11.3 points per game. A senior from San Antonio, she has pulled down 52 total rebounds this season and 387 in her career. Matthews is second all-time with 68 career blocks with five coming this season. Shuntay Raglin is third this season with 8.1 points per game and has 4.9 rebounds per game, while Re’Elle Miller is averaging 7.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Dia Evans is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds and 5.9 points per game in her senior season. Evans is coming off a career-best 12 rebounds at Howard Payne where she also had eight points.

The Patriots are also getting contributions from Samantha Odom who is averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds and Adrienne Drake, Alexus Bertrand and Demi Cumby who are all three averaging 4.5 points per game.

Despite their two losses, the Patriots are outscoring opponents by a 10.3 margin of victory and are second in the ASC by scoring 71.1 points per game. UT Tyler is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, but have struggled on 3-pointers by shooting 35-for-130 (26.9 percent). The Patriots shot 35.4 on 3-pointers during last season’s historic run and finished with 75 more 3-pointers than their opponents. Through seven games, UT Tyler’s opponents have hit 11 more 3-pointers than the Patriots, including Sul Ross which hit 14 last Thursday in its 67-66 upset in Alpine.

UT Tyler has five games remaining in the 2016 calendar year, beginning with the game on Saturday against HSU and then a 5:30 p.m. game on Monday against McMurry. The team ventures outside ASC play next Saturday, Dec. 17 when its hosts Schreiner before traveling to play at LeTourneau on Monday, Dec. 19 in Longview. The final game of 2016 will teak place on Wednesday, Dec. 28 against Austin College in the first of six straight home games at the HPC.

All home games will be broadcast live for free at www.uttylerpatriots.com. Fans can also keep up with the Patriots at www.facebook.com/uttylersports and at www.twitter.com/uttylerpatriots.