RECAP: @UTTylerWBB takes loss at No. 14 Trinity
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Trinity University (3-1)
11/26/2017 | Trinity University, Calgaard Gymnasium | Attendance: 231
UT Tyler910212161
Trinity University1520192377
Stats at a GlanceUTTWTUWB
FG Percentage.396 (21-53) .406 (26-64)
3P FG Percentage.286 (6-21) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.650 (13-20) .615 (16-26)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2722
Total Rebounds3836
Bench Points2733
Statistical LeadersUTTWTUWB
PointsShadazia Birchette - 13
Abby Holland - 15
Micah Weaver - 15
Emily Daniel - 15
ReboundsAlex Kochner - 8
Abby Holland - 8
AssistsSamantha Odom - 5
Jordan Rudd - 6
StealsCarissa Spiker - 2
Jordan Rudd - 6
BlocksBianca Valderrama - 1

Sunday, November 26, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

SAN ANTONIO – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team dropped a 77-61 non-conference contest against No. 14 Trinity on Sunday in the final game of the Trinity Thanksgiving Tournament at the Calgaard Gymnasium.

The Patriots (1-2) fell in both games during the weekend in San Antonio after also taking a 69-65 loss to Cornell College on Saturday to start the two-game trip. UT Tyler will return to action and its home court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday against Centenary College at the Herrington Patriot Center. Trinity (3-1), which is No. 14 in the WBCA national rankings and No. 12 in the poll, swept through its home event after starting the weekend with a 73-48 win over Hardin-Simmons on Saturday.

“This weekend was a great challenge for us and it revealed some areas of weakness that need to be addressed,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “I think early tests like this can be beneficial to a young team that needs to learn from game experience. I want to see this group mature and use these lessons to grow.”

Shadazia Birchette led the Patriots on Sunday with a career-best 13 points after two 3-pointers, a jumper and five free throws off the bench. Birchette also added four rebounds and two assists, while Brittany Johnson went for 12 points and Alex Kochner added 11 for the Patriots who committed 28 turnover against the Tigers. Kochner also contributed a team-leading eight rebounds, while Samantha Odom had nine points, six rebounds and led the team with five assists.

Bianca Valderrama added six points and six rebounds for the Patriots and Carissa Spiker had four points, four rebounds and three assists. UT Tyler, which led 7-0 to start the game following shots from Odom, Cumby and a 3-pointer from Johnson, would see the Tigers go on a 15-2 run to lead by six after the first quarter. It was 35-19 at halftime after Trinity shot 54.5 percent in the second quarter while the Patriots were 1-for-8 on 3-pointers during the second 10-minute timeframe.

Micah Weaver, Emily Daniel and Abby Holland led the Tigers with 15 points each and Mollie Hughes added 12 for four double-figure scorers in a game where TU shot 40.6 percent from the field despite being limited to 28.6 percent in the first quarter. The Tigers made nine 3-pointers in the game and had 10 fewer turnovers than the Patriots.

“We just dug such a big hole against Trinity that it was hard to climb out,” Hassell said. “When our shots stopped falling we lost some energy on the defensive end. I did like the fight I saw from our group though to make a couple of runs and cut their lead. We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball until we get quality shots and sustaining defensive intensity.”

UT Tyler will open American Southwest Conference play on Saturday at Ozarks after playing Centenary on Wednesday at the HPC. UTT will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 2011-12 season by getting a win over Centenary which will come to Tyler with an 0-4 record after taking a 77-62 loss at Hendrix on Saturday.