UTM women rout Morehead 99-70 in record performance

UTM women rout Morehead 99-70 in record performance

UTM women’s hoops head coach Kevin McMillan tied the program’s record for all-time coaching victories at 105 as his Skyhawks defeated conference foe Morehead State 99-70.

The Skyhawks (7-9, 3-0 OVC) remain undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play after topping Morehead State (6-10, 2-1 OVC), who also came into the matchup undefeated in conference play.

UTM had a complete team effort in the win with five Skyhawks having double-digit scoring performances. The Skyhawks also had 31 assists, which breaks the school’s single-game assists record of 29 set Nov. 21, 1986, against Lambuth.

“You like it when everyone shares the ball, everyone scores and things just look better,” said McMillan. “There are some things that we need to fix but if we can play with this kind of urgency, we’ll have a chance to be a good basketball team. Hopefully we can build off this and continue getting better.”

Except for 45 seconds at the beginning, the Skyhawks led the entire game and never let up, at one point expanding their lead to 29 points. A brief rally by Morehead State closed the gap a little but wasn’t enough to get them back in contention.

The Skyhawks finished the game shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range, including 16 3-pointers. Ashia Jones led the Skyhawks in scoring with 30 points and was followed by Chelsea Roberts (12 points), Katie Schubert (12 points), Jessy Ward (17 points) and Karisma Tyson (14 points).

Morehead State shot 42 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range and was led by Shay Steele, who had 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Skyhawks will go back on the road for their next game when they take on Tennessee Tech Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. The Skyhawks will return home Saturday, Jan. 17, when they host Jacksonville State.

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