RECAP: No. 21 @UTTylerWBB extends home winning streak to 19
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Hardin-Simmons (3-4, 1-2)
UT Tyler (6-2, 1-2)
12/10/2016 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 350
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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
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

Saturday, December 10, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – Michelle Obach surpassed 1,000 career points and the No. 21-ranked UT Tyler women’s basketball team extended its home winning streak to 19 games with a commanding 70-55 American Southwest Conference win over Hardin-Simmons on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (6-2, 1-2 ASC) dominated early by jumping out to a 23-12 lead after the first quarter where they hit three 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field. UT Tyler, which had started ASC play with a pair of losses last week on the road, responded to the defeats by shooting 27-for-60 (45 percent) for the game and owned a 34-22 scoring advantage in the paint to go along with seven 3-pointers.

“I thought the team played with a lot of intensity and urgency on both ends,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “We showed toughness by finishing contested shots and pulling down rebounds after consistent effort on the defensive end.”

Obach led the Patriots with 17 points in the win and now has 1,001 points in 69 games at UT Tyler. A senior from Tyler, Obach started her career at Merrimack College where she played as a freshman. She returned to her hometown in the 2014-15 season and has averaged 14.5 points per game and is now one of seven players in program history to have surpassed 1,000 career points. She is averaging 15.4 points per game this season after dropping 17 on the Cowgirls including hitting two 3-pointers to take her career total to 119 3-pointers. She also led the Patriots with five assists.

Makenzi May and Shuntay Raglin each added 14 points in the win over Hardin-Simmons with May hitting a season-high four 3-pointers. The senior sharpshooter now has 179 career 3-pointers which is second all-time in UT Tyler history and is now only seven from breaking Melissa Thomas’ record which has stood since the 2012 season. May was 4-for-8 on her 3-pointers on Saturday to lead the Patriots, while Raglin was 6-for-11 from the field and is now shooting 50.8 percent from the field this season and is averaging 8.9 points per game. Dia Evans led the Patriots at halftime with 10 points and would finish with 12 points and five rebounds, while Demi Cumby and Samantha Odom each had four points.

“The girls spent extra time in the gym shooting this week and you could tell that it paid off,” Hassell said. “We also executed our game plan well and saw improvement specifically in our offensive execution.”

UT Tyler returns to action at 5:30 p.m. on Monday when it hosts McMurry at 5:30 p.m. at the HPC. The Patriots are 3-0 at home this season and own a 10.9 scoring margin advantage this season.