PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB to host Blazers in home finale
Belhaven (11-11)
UT Tyler (18-5)
2/9/2017 | Herrington Patriot Center (Tyler, Tx) | Attendance: 380
UT Tyler1921182684
Stats at a GlanceBUUTTW
FG Percentage.243 (17-70) .459 (34-74)
3P FG Percentage.179 (5-28) .321 (9-28)
FT Percentage.833 (10-12) .636 (7-11)
Offensive Rebounds78
Defensive Rebounds3039
Total Rebounds3747
Bench Points1440
Statistical LeadersBUUTTW
PointsSamara Dingiswayo - 17
Michelle Obach - 14
ReboundsVamikka Smith - 14
Carissa Spiker - 8
AssistsSierra Pittman - 4
Michelle Obach - 4
Alexus Bertrand - 4
StealsSierra Pittman - 3
Michelle Obach - 3
Re'Elle Miller - 3
BlocksCourtney Harper - 2
D'Onna Matthews - 4

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will play their regular-season home finale at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against Belhaven at the Herrington Patriot Center having won six straight and nine of its last 10 games.

The Patriots (17-5, 10-4 ASC) are 11-2 at home this season and earned a 104-95 overtime win over the Blazers in the first meeting of the season between the two programs on Jan. 21 in Jackson, Mississippi. UT Tyler is coming off a two-game road trip where it earned 25-point wins over East Texas Baptist (74-49) and Louisiana College (103-78) to extend a season-best six game winning streak. The Patriots lead the ASC by averaging 78.4 points per game, a 44.0 shooting percentage, 351 assists and a 1.1 turnover-to-assist ratio. The team is second in the ASC with 7.3 3-pointers per game and third by limiting opponents to 36.6 percent shooting.

“I like the fact that this team is continuing to improve,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “At this point in the season, teams can sometimes become stagnant, but I feel like our group is still working extremely hard every day. We have seen improvement in our defensive effort in the last few games, and we have also executed well on the offensive end.  We are taking the right shots and finding the person who has the hot hand. It’s a great time to be clicking as we head into the last two weeks of the regular season.”

Michelle Obach leads the Patriots this season with 15.1 points per game and 72 assists and 31 steals. A senior from Tyler, Obach has scored 1,211 points, 308 assists and 173 steals. She is coming off scoring 19 points in the win at Louisiana College and has scored in double digits in nine straight games and 17 this season and is currently sixth in the ASC in scoring and fifth in assists and steals. Dia Evans leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and is coming off a career-best 17 points at LC. A senior from Corpus Christi, Evans was 7-for-10 from the field and also had six rebounds against LC after grabbing nine rebounds and scoring 10 points at ETBU.

D’Onna Matthews is second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game and leads the team with 29 blocked shots. Matthews enters this week with 92 career blocked shots which is second all-time in program history and has scored 835 career points. Makenzi May is the all-time career 3-point shooter at UT Tyler and is averaging 8.4 points per game in her senior season. May comes into Thursday’s game having hit 208 career 3-pointers which is approaching the ASC record of 217. She has scored 1,018 points and has 201 assists through 115 games in her career at UT Tyler.

Shuntay Raglin scored 16 points in the last home game against ETBU and is averaging 9.4 points per game. A senior from Waco, Raglin has 3.8 rebounds and six blocked shots while Demi Cumby is averaging 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Re’Elle Miller is coming off scoring nine points at LC where she also had four rebounds and is averaging 5.0 points per game for the Patriots. Alexus Bertrand is at 4.8 points and Samantha Odom at 4.1 points per game, while freshman Carissa Spiker is coming off a career-best game where she had 18 points at LC. Spiker, a first-year player from Sanger, was 5-for-7 from the field and was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers against the Wildcats for her best performance this season. She recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the overtime game against Belhaven and also had 10-point games against Schreiner and Dallas Christian. She is averaging 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Belhaven (11-10) is coming off an 88-58 loss to UT Dallas which leads the ASC East Division. The Blazers do not count toward the ASC standings for the Patriots.

East Division
UT Dallas 11-1 0.917 18-3 0.857 W5
UT Tyler 10-4 0.714 17-5 0.773 W6
LeTourneau 9-5 0.643 12-10 0.545 W2
Louisiana College 6-8 0.429 7-13 0.350 W1
Univ. of Ozarks 4-8 0.333 9-12 0.429 L2
East Texas Baptist 1-13 0.071 3-19 0.136 L5
Belhaven # 0-0 0.000 11-10 0.524 L1
West Division
Howard Payne 11-2 0.846 14-8 0.636 W3
Mary Hardin-Baylor 7-5 0.583 14-7 0.667 W1
Concordia Texas 6-6 0.500 13-8 0.619 L1
Sul Ross State 6-7 0.462 9-13 0.409 L4
Hardin-Simmons 4-9 0.308 8-13 0.381 L1
McMurry % 3-10 0.231 7-14 0.333 W1

# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)