PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB set to host Schreiner on Saturday
Schreiner (1-6)
UT Tyler (8-2)
12/17/2016 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 275
UT Tyler1429192486
Stats at a GlanceSCH-WBBUTTW
FG Percentage.298 (17-57) .557 (34-61)
3P FG Percentage.320 (8-25) .448 (13-29)
FT Percentage.615 (8-13) .714 (5-7)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds1527
Total Rebounds2536
Bench Points1649
Statistical LeadersSCH-WBBUTTW
PointsKayla Alvarado - 10
Makenzi May - 17
ReboundsCodi Simmons - 6
Dia Evans - 6
AssistsSabriyyah Fennell - 3
Christonna Jones - 3
Delisa Bueno - 3
Cami Davis - 5
StealsChristonna Jones - 3
Samantha Odom - 3
BlocksDemi Cumby - 1
Samantha Odom - 1
Dia Evans - 1
D'Onna Matthews - 1
Madison Wilson - 1

Thursday, December 15, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The No. 22-ranked UT Tyler women’s basketball team ventures outside of conference play this weekend when it hosts Schreiner at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (7-2) are 4-0 in non-conference games this season and owns a 21-game home winning streak coming into the game against the Mountaineers (1-5) who will be playing against their seventh American Southwest Conference opponent of the season. This will be the first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent for the Patriots who have played four straight ASC games and will return to conference play on Monday against LeTourneau. Schreiner has losses against Concordia, Howard Payne, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Howard Payne and Sul Ross with its only win of the season coming three weeks ago against Hardin-Simmons in San Antonio. The Patriots will host Austin College on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in their only other regular-season game against an SCAC opponent.

“I really like the toughness and urgency the team has played with the last two games,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “We are doing a much better job on the offensive end by making the right reads to get high percentage shots. Defensively, we have sustained intensity and worked hard to limit uncontested shots. I also like the team chemistry I have seen developing. We are just looking for consistency from game to game. We need to maintain this sense of urgency and value each opportunity we have to step on the court.”

UT Tyler, which is ranked No. 22 in the WBCA Top-25 Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the rankings this week, is coming off a 74-51 win over McMurry on Monday after taking a 70-55 win over HSU last Saturday. The Patriots are 2-1 on Saturdays this season and 4-0 on their home court.

Michelle Obach leads the Patriots this season with 14.1 points per game along with 24 assists and 15 steals. A senior from Tyler, Obach has scored 1,006 career points at UT Tyler including a 22-point performance against Howard Payne and 21 points against Redlands earlier this season. Obach was limited to a season-low five points on Monday after shooting 2-for-15 from the field against McMurry. D’Onna Matthews leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and is also adding 10.6 points per game. A senior from San Antonio, Matthews had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Redlands in the second game of the season and is coming off a 13-point, four-rebound performance against McMurry. She has scored in double-figures in six games this season including a season-best 15 points at HPU.

Shuntay Raglin is adding a strong inside presence for the Patriots with 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 53.7 percent from the field, including going 5-for-6 on Monday against the War Hawks. She had a season-high 23 points against Howard Payne when Raglin shot 11-for-15 and also secured seven rebounds. Dia Evans and Makenzi May are both averaging 7.0 points per game for the Patriots in their senior seasons, while Re’Elle Miller is adding 6.0. Evans is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game, including a season-best 12 rebounds against HPU. A Corpus Christi native, Evans has put back-to-back double-digit scoring performances together after going for 12 points in the win over Hardin-Simmons and then 10 on Monday against McMurry.

UT Tyler returns to action on Monday when it plays LeTourneau at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Solheim Center in Longview. The YellowJackets, who host Millsaps on Friday, are currently 4-4 overall this season and 3-1 in ASC play. The Patriots have won nine straight games over LeTourneau.