PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB finishes regular season at Ozarks, UTD
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UT Tyler (19-5, 11-4 ASC)
UO (10-14, 5-10 ASC)
2/16/2017 | Clarksville, Ark. | Attendance: 110
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Stats at a GlanceUTTWUO
FG Percentage.448 (30-67) .322 (19-59)
3P FG Percentage.296 (8-27) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.500 (2-4) .800 (12-15)
Offensive Rebounds118
Defensive Rebounds3229
Total Rebounds4337
Bench Points3025
Statistical LeadersUTTWUO
PointsMichelle Obach - 15
Delanei Stephens - 10
ReboundsDia Evans - 11
Savannah Kate Smith - 7
Rose Robinson - 7
AssistsRe'Elle Miller - 5
Demi Cumby - 5
Hailey Ostrander - 5
StealsDia Evans - 2
Hailey Ostrander - 3
BlocksD'Onna Matthews - 2
Rose Robinson - 2

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by Nathan Wright

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will close out the regular season this week with a pair of road games while looking to extend a seven-game winning streak in the process.

The Patriots (18-5, 10-4 American Southwest Conference) will play at Ozarks at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and then at UT Dallas at 1 p.m. on Saturday. UT Tyler is currently second in the ASC East Division and can lock up a No. 2 seed for the ASC postseason tournament from the East Division with a win over Ozarks on Thursday and a loss by LeTourneau against UT Dallas.

UT Dallas has clinched the top seed from the East while Howard Payne has clinched the No. 1 seed from the West, meaning the ASC tournament will be held in Brownwood beginning on Feb. 23.

The Patriots haven’t lost since they hosted UT Dallas on Jan. 12. The Comets left the Herrington Patriot Center with an 82-69 victory.

“It’s defense,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said of what has defined the team’s current winning streak. “I think we have bought into what it takes to be successful. We are working hard to get deflections on balls and moving a lot faster instead of just standing. And the team has continued to work extremely hard in practice.

“Teams can get stagnant at this point in the season sometimes and just want to ride through the end but they’re not. They’re working extremely hard, just like it was the start of the season.”

The last time the Patriots faced Ozarks, they won 86-56. It was also the first game of the Patriots’ current winning streak. Michelle Obach scored 20 points for UT Tyler while Makenzi May and Alexus Bertrand each had 11.

If the Patriots win that game, it will set up a chance for UT Tyler to close out the regular season against the East Division leading Comets with a chance to win their 10th straight game and avenge their last loss.

“When it comes to Dallas, there is just a rivalry there,” Hassell said. “They are a great team playing well right now. We just want to have our best effort against them. I’m not sure we really had that the first time around. Win or lose, you want to feel like you played your very best, regardless of the result.”

In the first meeting between the Patriots and Comets, Obach led UT Tyler with 23 points while DIa Evans had 11.

For the season, Obach leads the Patriots with 15.1 points per game. D’Onna Matthews averages 10.6. Dia Evans leads UT Tyler in rebounds with 151, or 6.6 per game. Obach leads the team with 43 3-pointers. May is just behind her with 42.