PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB, Comets set for ASC clash at the HPC
UTD (12-2, 7-0)
UT Tyler (11-5, 5-4)
1/12/2017 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 355
UT Tyler1423191369
Stats at a GlanceUTDUTTW
FG Percentage.517 (30-58) .422 (27-64)
3P FG Percentage.438 (7-16) .250 (4-16)
FT Percentage.714 (15-21) 1.000 (11-11)
Offensive Rebounds1510
Defensive Rebounds2014
Total Rebounds3524
Bench Points2921
Statistical LeadersUTDUTTW
PointsMicaela Gonzalez - 22
Michelle Obach - 23
ReboundsMicaela Gonzalez - 9
McKenzie Petty - 9
D'Onna Matthews - 9
AssistsZavier Landry - 3
Victoria Pena - 3
D'Onna Matthews - 2
Makenzi May - 2
StealsVictoria Pena - 2
McKenzie Petty - 2
Shuntay Raglin - 2
Michelle Obach - 2
Demi Cumby - 2
BlocksMicaela Gonzalez - 3
D'Onna Matthews - 3

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – A matchup of the past four American Southwest Conference Champions will take place in Tyler at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday when the UT Tyler women’s basketball team hosts UT Dallas at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (11-4, 5-3 ASC) have won three straight games and are coming off a 78-69 overtime win over Concordia last Saturday, while the Comets (11-2, 6-0 ASC) enter the game on a nine-game winning streak and atop the ASC East Division. UT Dallas won the 2013 and 2015 ASC tournaments, while the Patriots are the defending ASC champions who also won the title in 2014.

“UT Dallas has multiple scoring options and obviously they are playing really well right now,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “It will be important that we make them work on the offensive end by slowing them down in transition and contesting every shot in the half court. Offensively, we need to take care of the ball and play with discipline to make sure we get high percentage looks. The biggest key, however, will be playing with both mental and physical toughness.”

UT Tyler will also host Ozarks at 1 p.m. on Saturday to conclude a six-game home stand at the HPC before traveling to play at Belhaven for a one-game week next Saturday. The Patriots have won 19 straight regular-season ASC home games dating back to a 55-47 loss to the Comets on Dec. 6, 2014.

Michelle Obach leads the Patriots with 12.6 points and 3.6 assists per game, while Dia Evans is averaging 6.2 rebounds per game and D’Onna Matthews is at 6.0 rebounds and 10.8 points per game. Obach has 50 assists through 15 games this season and is third in program history with 286 career assists after having five on Saturday against Concordia and passing Lindsey Hausmann who had 284 from 2008-12 for the Patriots. A senior from Tyler, Obach is fourth all-time in program history with 163 steals needing only three to pass Shamonica Shead (2003-07). She has 1,069 career points and has 130 3-pointers which is fourth all-time. Matthews, a senior from San Antonio, enters this week with 76 career blocked shots which is second all-time (Shead – 122 blocks) and is seventh all-time with 425 career rebounds. Matthews is averaging 10.8 points per game and also has 24 assists and 11 steals.

Evans, a senior from Corpus Christi, has started all 15 games and is adding 7.3 points per game to her team-leading rebounding total. She also has 18 assists and is coming off a seven-rebound performance against the Tornados. Shuntay Raglin is third on the team with 9.1 points per game in her senior season and is also adding 3.7 rebounds per game. Makenzi May is the all-time career 3-point leader with 197 and is averaging 8.2 points per game. May, a senior who played at Mont Belvieu, is eighth in program history with 956 career points and is approaching the all-time ASC record of 217 that was established by Lauren Harris who was teammates with Hassell at Hardin-Simmons.

Demi Cumby leads the newcomers with 8.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. A junior transfer from Athens, Cumby played at McLennan College before arriving in Tyler this season. She is coming off a week where she led the Patriots with 22 points in the win over Mary Hardin-Baylor and then recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Concordia. She has four double-digit scoring performances this season as a reserve. Samantha Odom is also coming off a double-double after going for 11 points and 11 rebounds and is averaging 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Re’Elle Miller is adding 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds as a starter and Alexus Bertrand is at 4.7 points per game as a key reserve.

UT Tyler is currently second in the ASC with 74.1 points per game which is only behind UMHB’s 75.6 while they are second in the conference by limiting opponents to 62.7 points per game. UT Dallas leads the conference defensively by holding teams to 51.8 per game and is scoring 66.6 points per game. The Patriots lead the ASC by shooting 43.2 percent from the field and is third in the conference with 105 3-pointers. The Comets are shooting 34.2 percent on 3-pointers and have made 80 shots from beyond the arc coming into their game in Tyler. Alyssa Crocket leads the Comets with 14.7 points per game this season, while Micaela Gonzalez is at 13.1 per game and Kayla Reinhart has 10.6 per. Reinhart is 12th in the conference with 6.9 rebounds per game.

East Division
UT Dallas 6-0 1.000 11-2 0.846 W9
UT Tyler 5-3 0.625 11-4 0.733 W3
LeTourneau 5-3 0.625 7-8 0.467 L1
Louisiana College 4-3 0.571 5-7 0.417 W3
Univ. of Ozarks 3-4 0.429 7-7 0.500 W1
Belhaven # 0-0 0.000 8-5 0.615 W3
East Texas Baptist 0-6 0.000 2-11 0.154 L1
West Division
Howard Payne 5-1 0.833 8-7 0.533 L1
Sul Ross State 3-3 0.500 6-9 0.400 L5
Mary Hardin-Baylor 2-2 0.500 9-4 0.692 W1
Concordia Texas 2-4 0.333 9-6 0.600 L4
Hardin-Simmons 2-4 0.333 6-8 0.429 L1
McMurry % 1-5 0.167 5-9 0.357 L2