RECAP: Matthews leads @UTTylerWBB past YellowJackets
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LeTourneau (6-7, 4-2)
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UT Tyler (9-4, 3-3)
1/2/2017 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 0
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LeTourneau128202060
UT Tyler2818241383
Stats at a GlanceLETUWBBUTTW
FG Percentage.368 (21-57) .500 (34-68)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .409 (9-22)
FT Percentage.722 (13-18) .600 (6-10)
Offensive Rebounds1012
Defensive Rebounds1625
Total Rebounds2637
Turnovers1716
Steals89
Bench Points1541
Statistical LeadersLETUWBBUTTW
PointsLaTanya Drakes - 15
D'Onna Matthews - 24
ReboundsLaTanya Drakes - 7
Dia Evans - 5
D'Onna Matthews - 5
AssistsBria Goodman - 3
Demi Cumby - 5
Michelle Obach - 5
StealsCrystal Jones - 4
Dia Evans - 2
Re'Elle Miller - 2
Cami Davis - 2
BlocksCrystal Jones - 1
Jada Roberts - 1
Re'Elle Miller - 1
D'Onna Matthews - 1

Monday, January 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – D’Onna Matthews scored 24 points and Makenzi May hit four 3-pointers to help lead the No. 22-ranked UT Tyler women’s basketball team to a commanding 83-60 win over LeTourneau on Monday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (9-4, 3-3 ASC) evened the season series with the YellowJackets (6-7, 4-2 ASC) after LETU had earned an 86-76 win in Longview in mid-December. UT Tyler is now 6-1 at home this season and has won 17 straight American Southwest Conference games in Tyler.

“I felt like everything clicked tonight,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “We were in sync on offense, which led to high percentage shots. The team shared the ball really well and made the right reads finding people open for layups or rhythm 3's.  We also played with intensity on defense, which led to steals or contested shots followed by defensive rebounds.”

Matthews would score 18 of her team-leading 24 points in the first half after going 8-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. A senior from San Antonio, she would also add five rebounds and three assists for the Patriots who snapped a two-game losing streak by shooting 55 percent from the field and owning a plus-11 rebounding advantage.

May would finish the game with 14 points after going 4-for-7 on 3-pointers and also added four rebounds and four assists. She now had 195 3-pointers in her career which is the all-time UT Tyler record and is approaching the ASC record which is 217 from Lauren Harris from 2001-05 for Hardin-Simmons. Michelle Obach and Demi Cumby would hit two 3-pointers each for the Patriots who went 9-for-22 from beyond the arc.

Dia Evans would add 10 points and five rebounds, while Shuntay Raglin had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Obach finished the game with six points to go along with five assists. Cumby would also dish out five assists and had eight points for the Patriots who finished the game with 27 assists.

The Patriots limited the YellowJackets to 36.8 percent shooting, forced 17 turnovers and saw them hit only 5-for-20 on 3-pointers. LaTanya Drake led LETU with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Crystal Jones had 11 points, four steals and three turnovers.

UT Tyler continues its six-game home stand at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against Mary Hardin-Baylor before hosting Concordia at 1 p.m. on Saturday.  

“We face two more really tough opponents this week,” Hassell said. “It's important for us to continue to build on the positives and work to eliminate some mistakes. Most importantly, we need to bring this same energy and intensity every time we step on the floor.”