NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshmen Josie Storey and Ana Brown every established career-highs within the scoring column tonight however the College of Tennessee at Martin girls’s basketball squad dropped a detailed 71-67 choice to Tennessee State on the Gentry Heart.
Storey’s game-high 18 factors got here from 6-of-11 efficiency from three-point land whereas Brown tallied 17 factors, six rebounds and three assists for the Skyhawks (6-10, 2-3 Ohio Valley Convention), who noticed all of it. seven gamers scored at the very least 4 factors tonight. Shae Littleford added 10 factors whereas Lexi Rubel (career-best 9 rebounds) and Seygan Robins (career-high seven assists) have been additionally heavy contributors for UT Martin, who dedicated simply 9 turnovers and shot 40.9 % (9-of-22) from three-point land.
The Girl Tigers (7-9, 2-3 OVC) have been led by Erica Haynes-Overton’s 16 factors whereas Kianni Westbrook (13 factors, 10 rebounds) and Saniah Parker (15 factors) additionally reached double figures within the scoring column. The Skyhawks reduce a 10-point deficit to 1 with lower than a minute to play however Tennessee State shot 88.9 % (8-of-9) from the charity stripe within the fourth quarter in a 16-point contest. lead adjustments and 6 ties.
“I am pleased with our youngsters – I assumed all seven women we performed did an excellent job however our youth could not final 40 minutes,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan stated. “There have been three little spurts the place we misplaced focus and that ended up costing us the ballgame. We’re touting the freshman class – we have had 4 totally different freshmen lead us in scoring this 12 months. There have been some good issues we did in the present day that we will be taught from – we’ll positively develop from this. We simply need to be affected person – if we will put the 4 quarters collectively, we will do some bit of harm.”
After Tennessee State scored the sport’s opening bucket, a Storey three-pointer from the best wing obtained the Skyhawks on the scoreboard. UT Martin finally used a 10-0 run – capped by 5 straight factors by Brown – to take a 15-6 margin on the 3:54 mark. The Girl Tigers ended the quarter with an 11-2 run to knot the rating at 17-all.
Two extra ties occurred early within the second quarter till Rubel’s trifecta with 6:36 left earlier than the halftime break turned the rating in favor of the Skyhawks. UT Martin led by 5 factors (26-21) after a pair of Littleford free throws with 5:02 left however Tennessee State made a pair of three-pointers in a 23-second span to get again on prime. . The lead would change fingers six occasions within the remaining 4:26 earlier than the 2 sides entered the half tied at 33-33.
Storey and Brown scored 9 factors every at halftime whereas Haynes-Overton’s seven factors led the Girl Tigers.
A pair of Storey treys obtained the Skyhawks going to begin the third quarter. A strong take the ring by Sydney Boykin on the 4:27 mark made the rating 41-39 in favor of UT Martin however Tennessee State ended the quarter on a 9-2 run, together with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Parker that gave the Girl Tigers a 48-43 lead. that benefit.
Diamond Cannon sank a stepback jumper to open the scoring within the fourth quarter, slicing the Skyhawk deficit to 1 possession. Tennessee State answered with the subsequent 4 factors however UT Martin as soon as once more pulled inside three after a Robins trifecta and a driving layup from Brown. Haynes-Overton scored seven factors in a 97-second span to push the Girl Tiger result in 60-50 with slightly below six minutes remaining. Brown rattled off 5 straight factors earlier than Cannon hit a quick break layup to chop the Skyhawk deficit to 67-64 with 1:31 left. One other defensive cease led to Robins draining two free throws, slicing Tennessee State’s result in 67-66 with 54 seconds left. Nonetheless, that could be as shut as UT Martin will get the remainder of the way in which.
The Skyhawks will journey to OVC newcomer Southern Indiana on Saturday, January 14 for the center matchup of a three-game highway journey. The tipoff from the Screaming Eagles Enviornment in Evansville, Ind. scheduled for five pm on ESPN+.