Postgame Press Conference
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team cruised to a 104-73 home victory over Division II foe Alabama Huntsville on Monday evening to notch the team’s first win of the season.
The Skyhawks (1-1) moved into the win column behind a dominating effort which saw the squad force a season-high 33 turnovers and place four players in double figures. UT Martin made the most of the team’s 33 forced turnovers by scoring 38 points in transition while posting a commanding 54 points in the paint.
Preseason All-OVC selection Myah Taylor tallied a game-high 22 points off the bench while knocking down five three-pointers. Sophomore standout Kendall Spray wasn’t far behind the team-lead with 19 points, five steals and four rebounds while Emanye Robertson (16 points) and Janekia Mason (14 points) also scored in double figures.
“Well anytime you play at home is great,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “We don’t get enough home games. Playing in front of our home fans is good and hopefully it is something we can build upon and go on to the next one.”
Three players scored in a game which served as an exhibition for Alabama Huntsville (2-0). The Chargers were led in scoring by Chandler Elder with 19 points while Aryn Sanders (16 points) and Loren Foster (12 points) rounded out the trio in double figures.
Play would start out slow for both teams with neither squad finding much momentum. UAH would score the game’s first points with the UT Martin answering on the following possession. The game would stay within a single possession until midway through the quarter when Myah Taylor knocked down her first trifecta of the season. The seesaw affair would continue though as both teams combined for 45 first quarter points with the Skyhawks taking a 25-22 lead into the second quarter.
UT Martin would open the second quarter on a substantial 16-3 run to put some distance between the Alabama Huntsville. A big reason for the powerful run was the Skyhawks defensive effort where they forced the Chargers into the 15 second quarter turnovers. With 17 points coming off said turnovers in the second, UT Martin would take a 51-34 lead into halftime.
The third quarter would see the margin stretch to 31 points behind an 11-0 run over the course of a minute. Taylor would put on a show during the quarter with 11 points behind a trio of three-pointers to blow the game open. With a strong period in the book, the Skyhawks would head into the fourth with an 83-55 lead.
UAH would make one final push in the final quarter of play. Entering the half trailing by 28, the Chargers would trim the lead down to 23 midway through the period. Looking to finish strong down the stretch, UT Martin would close out the game on a 14-3 run to seal the team’s first victory of the season 104-73.
UT Martin will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 when the Skyhawks play host to Big Ten member Northwestern. Tipoff from the Elam Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.