RECAP: @UTTylerWBB holds on for win at LC in regular-season finale
UT Tyler (17-8 (13-5))
Louisiana College (14-10 (10-8))
2/17/2018 | Alexandria, LA (Rapides Coliseum) | Attendance: 189
UT Tyler301461666
Louisiana College915201761
Stats at a GlanceUTTWLCW
FG Percentage.382 (21-55) .410 (25-61)
3P FG Percentage.500 (11-22) .273 (3-11)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .667 (8-12)
Offensive Rebounds1213
Defensive Rebounds2725
Total Rebounds3938
Bench Points613
Statistical LeadersUTTWLCW
PointsBrittany Johnson - 21
Brooke Jones - 14
ReboundsBianca Valderrama - 8
Samantha Odom - 8
Kourtney McGhee - 9
AssistsAlexus Bertrand - 5
Kourtney McGhee - 5
StealsSamantha Odom - 3
Janae Smith - 4
BlocksAlex Kochner - 1
Demi Cumby - 1
Taylor Payne - 1
Zharian Maxmillion - 1

Saturday, February 17, 2018

PINEVILLE, Louisiana – The UT Tyler women’s basketball team will be the American Southwest Conference East Division second seed at next week’s tournament after the Patriots earned a 66-61 win over Louisiana College while East Texas Baptist lost at UT Dallas on Saturday on the final day of the regular season.

The Patriots (17-8, 13-5 ASC) finished the regular season on a two-game winning streak with victories over Belhaven on Thursday before holding on two knock off the Wildcats (14-10, 10-8 ASC) on Saturday. UT Tyler will open the ASC tournament at noon on Thursday against Concordia which is the third seed out of the West Division.

“I’m really proud of our team for holding off a good Louisiana College team today,” UT Tyler coach Kendra Hassell said. “They play a really physical brand of basketball and are tough to beat on their home court. I’m also really proud of how our team has grown and continued improving over the last few weeks. We’ve shown both mental and physical toughness in grinding out some close wins. That’s exactly what we’ll need to make a postseason title run. It’s very difficult to win 3 games on consecutive nights. We’ll need to be the team that is the toughest and makes the fewest mistakes.”

Brittany Johnson led the Patriots with a career-high 21 points after hitting five 3-pointers, while Bianca Valderrama and Alex Kochner scored 12 points. Alexus Bertrand added nine points and led the team with five assists. Valderrama and Samantha Odom led the Patriots with eight rebounds each, while Kochner had six rebounds.

UT Tyler started fast, leading 30-9 after the first quarter and then taking a 44-24 lead to halftime. LC would make it a game though, taking a one point lead with two minutes remaining in the game before Valderrama hit a shot to give the Patriots back the lead and Kochner hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to four at 62-58. UT Tyler free throws down the stretch put the game away and gave the Patriots a season sweep of the Wildcats.

UT Tyler finished the game shooting 11-for-22 on 3-pointers and were 13 of 19 at the free-throw line. Defensively, the Patriots limited LC to 3-for-11 on 3-pointers and forced 17 turnovers.

Kochner finished the regular season lead the Patriots with 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Johnson is at 11.7 points per game and leads the Patriots with 58 3-pointers. Johnson was 5-for-9 on 3-pointers against LC on Saturday and is now 33.9 percent from beyond the arc for the season.