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1/5/2017 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 275
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UMHB1816182072
UT Tyler1521172679
Stats at a GlanceUMHB-WOMUTTW
FG Percentage.351 (26-74) .439 (25-57)
3P FG Percentage.370 (10-27) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .793 (23-29)
Offensive Rebounds135
Defensive Rebounds2328
Total Rebounds3633
Turnovers1315
Steals46
Bench Points2745
Statistical LeadersUMHB-WOMUTTW
PointsJonelle Smith - 24
Demi Cumby - 22
ReboundsKendra Wynn - 8
D'Onna Matthews - 14
AssistsHaven Neal - 3
Michelle Obach - 4
StealsKendra Wynn - 2
Michelle Obach - 2
BlocksDemi Cumby - 1
D'Onna Matthews - 1

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Coming off a 23-point win on Monday, the UT Tyler women’s basketball team returns to action at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against Mary Hardin-Baylor and a 1 p.m. on Saturday against Concordia at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (9-4, 3-3 ASC) are 6-1 at home this season and are 39-6 under head coach Kendra Hassell over the past two seasons. UT Tyler owns a plus-12 scoring margin this season and is averaging 73.5 points per game after earning an 83-60 win over LeTourneau on Monday at the HPC. The team has won 17 straight ASC home games coming and is on a six-game home stand.

“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.”

D’Onna Matthews was one point off her career best after scoring 24 points against the YellowJackets after going 11-for-15 from the field. Her previous career best came last season with 25 points against East Texas Baptist. A senior from San Antonio, Matthews is averaging 10.5 points per game this season to go along with 23 assists, 12 blocks and 10 steals. She is second all-time in program history with 75 career blocks which is only behind Shamonica Shead’s 122 blocks from 2003-07.

Makenzi May hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points on Monday and enters Thursday’s game against the Cru with 195 career 3-pointers and 947 career points. A senior from Mont Belvieu, May is already the UT Tyler career leader in 3-pointers and is approaching the ASC record which is 217 from Lauren Harris from 2001-05 for Hardin-Simmons. May hit a season-best five 3-pointers in the win over Schreiner earlier this season and owns the single-game record with seven in two games in her career.

Michelle Obach leads the Patriots with 12.7 points per game this season along with 41 assists. A senior from Tyler, Obach scored a season-best 22 points against Howard Payne in November but was limited to six points against LeTourneau. She has 1,045 career points which is the eighth most in program history and she is fourth in program history with 277 career assists and 161 career steals. Dia Evans leads the Patriots with 6.2 rebounds per game and is also adding 7.4 points per game, while Shuntay Raglin is third on the team with 9.5 points per game. A senior from Corpus Christi, Evans had a career-best 12 rebounds at Howard Payne and scored a career best 12 points against HSU. Raglin is a senior who is in her second season at UT Tyler after transferring from McLennan. She has scored in double figures in seven games this season, including 10 points on Monday against LeTourneau and a season-best 23 against Howard Payne. Demi Cumby leads the newcomers with 6.5 points per game after scoring eight on Monday with two 3-pointers. Cumby is a junior from Athens who has also added 15 assists and seven steals, while Re’Elle Miller is adding 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game and Alexus Bertrand has 4.4 points per game.

UMHB travels to Tyler with an 8-3 overall record and is 1-1 in ASC play with a 99-84 win over Louisiana College after taking a 77-66 loss at Ozarks. Concordia (9-3, 2-2 ASC) will play at LeTourneau on Thursday before playing the Patriots on Saturday at the HPC.