The UTM women’s basketball team played against Murray State University on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.
As tip off commenced, the Skyhawks started the game with fast-paced energy and quick passing. Scoring first, the Skyhawks were off to a great beginning. Murray State answered the Skyhawk energy with quick scoring and a hard defense.
Both teams ended the half with 41 points, evenly matched in talent and desire to win. When the second half began, the Skyhawks brought a new energy into their plays. Number 3, Kendall Sprays, whose fans in the stands dubbed “Kendall Threes”, scored over 30 points for her team total. Kendall was truly on a hot streak. Sprays is ranked 27th nationally for three-point goals made per game and is definitely one to watch out for.
The UTM band helped in getting fans hyped while the Skyhawk passing game struggled. With the score at 69-54 in favor of the Skyhawks, Murray took a timeout with seven minutes remaining. Trying to regain themselves, Murray opted to maintain high energy and vigorous shooting while at a small point deficit.
Skyhawk rebounding was strong however, with number 13, Bria Bethea, making eight out of the 31 rebounds; the most rebounds on the team. With defensive bliss the Skyhawks continued to maintain their scoring, while Murray struggled to get the ball in the basket. With hope still on the horizon, Murray fought to regain the lead, ultimately failing to the Skyhawks.
The final score, 85-67, proved victorious for UTM.