PREVIEW: @UTTylerWBB set for holiday home stand
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UMHB-WOM (8-2, 4-1)
UT Tyler (4-4, 2-2)
12/16/2017 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 425
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Stats at a GlanceUMHB-WOMUTTW
FG Percentage.333 (21-63) .328 (22-67)
3P FG Percentage.286 (4-14) .206 (7-34)
FT Percentage.833 (25-30) .667 (10-15)
Offensive Rebounds1318
Defensive Rebounds2527
Total Rebounds3845
Bench Points1811
Statistical LeadersUMHB-WOMUTTW
PointsHannah Holt - 27
Alex Kochner - 17
ReboundsHannah Holt - 11
Alex Kochner - 11
AssistsMeghan Turner - 4
Kendall Rollins - 4
Alexus Bertrand - 6
StealsKendall Rollins - 6
Alexus Bertrand - 4
BlocksKendall Rollins - 1
Alex Kochner - 1
Demi Cumby - 1
Alexus Bertrand - 1

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler women's basketball team will host three games over five days starting with Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday before playing Concordia and Whitworth next week at the Herrington Patriot Center.

In collaboration with the UT Tyler Police Department, all fans who bring a toy to Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against UMHB (6-2, 2-1 ASC) will receive free admission to the American Southwest Conference doubleheader at the HPC. The Patriots (4-3, 2-1 ASC) will then host Concordia at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Whitworth at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday before the holiday break.

UT Tyler has won three of its last four, but is coming off an 83-73 loss to McMurry last Saturday in Abilene after an impressive 86-71 road win at Hardin-Simmons last Thursday. The Patriots are 2-0 at home this season with wins over Howard Payne and Centenary College and are 30-2 on their home court in the past two seasons under head coach Kendra Hassell. The team leads the ASC by averaging 77.4 points per game, shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 58 3-pointers made and a 36.5 3-point shooting percentage.

UT Tyler sophomore Carissa Spiker is coming off a week where she scored a season-best 19 points in the win over HSU and then 15 at McMurry. She was named the ASC East Division Player of the Week on Monday for the first time in her career and followed senior Demi Cumby who earned the award last week for the Patriots. Spiker has been one of the top reserves in the conference throughout the season and is averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game coming into the fourth week of the regular season with five double-figure scoring performances in seven games. Cumby, a senior from Athens, leads UT Tyler with 13.3 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds per game and 14 steals. Cumby scored a career-best with 24 points in a win at Ozarks two weeks ago when she went 6-for-9 on 3-pointers and followed that performance with 19 points on four 3-pointers at Hardin-Simmons. She has scored in double figures in five games and is coming off a 16-point effort in the loss at McMurry despite struggling by shooting 4-for-15 from the field. In that game, Cumby was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line and had six rebounds for the third straight game.

Brittany Johnson and Alex Kochner are both averaging double figures this season with Johnson at 11 points per game and Kochner at 10.4. Kochner leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game, including a season-best 14 rebounds against Cornell College and seven in the win at HSU. She scored 20 in the home win over Centenary after opening the season with a 12/12 double-double against HPU. A senior from Nacogdoches, Johnson leads the team with 17 3-pointers this season. She started the season with four against HPU and then hit a career-high five 3-pointers against Cornell and is coming off making two and scoring nine points at McMurry. Samantha Odom is adding 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Shadazia Birchette is at 6.4 points per game.

UT Tyler senior guard Alexus Bertrand leads the team with 4.3 assists per game and is also adding 6 points and 1.9 steals per game. Bertrand has 30 assists for the season, including back-to-back seven assist performances against Ozarks and Hardin-Simmons on the road. She scored 10 points in wins over HPU and HSU and has three steals in three games this season. Bianca Valderrama is adding 5.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a reserve, including a season-best 10 points and nine rebounds last Saturday at McMurry.

UMHB comes into Saturday’s game on a two-game winning streak after knocking off Southwestern and UT Dallas last weekend in a pair of home games in Belton. The Cru is 3-2 away from home, including taking a 66-56 loss to East Texas Baptist two weeks ago in Marshall after a 32-point win over LeTourneau in Longview. UMHB is averaging 73 points per game and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field for the season with Hannah Holt leading the team with 17 points per game and Kendall Rollins adding 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Along with hosting Concordia on Tuesday and Whitworth on Wednesday, the UT Tyler women’s program will host a natural court game between Howard Payne and Whitworth at 2 p.m. on Monday at the HPC.