Oxford, OH -
OXFORD, Ohio – The University of Tennessee at Martin women's basketball team cruised to a 90-57 road victory against Miami University on Monday night behind a pair of career performances from Ashia Jones and Karisma Tyson.
The Skyhawks (4-7) picked up its second consecutive road victory behind the stellar play of All-OVC performer Jones. The Covington native flirted with a triple-double finishing with a career best 35 points, 11 steals and nine rebounds to down the RedHawks. The game served as the first thirty point outing for any individual since last February while her work on the defensive end was equally impressive.
Joining Jones on the offensive end was a solid senior performance from Tyson who eclipsed her previous career high by six points with 18 points against the RedHawks. Sophomore Tiara Caldwell tallied 11 points for her second consecutive game in double figures.
As a team the Skyhawks led from the beginning and never let up, stretching their lead out as high as 33 points – the game's final score. The Skyhawks shot a season-best 56.7 percent from the floor while continuing a trend of season best performances with 90 points, 17 steals and 26 forced turnovers.
Miami (2-5) placed two players in double figures, led by the play of Baleigh Reid with 16 points while Jessica Rupright tallied 15 points. As a team the RedHawks shot just 32 percent from the floor.
“After the last game where we played really well for a half and then let up, I was glad to see how hard we worked and the way we came out in the second half to put the game away,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “Tonight we played two halves and we think we are pretty good when we can get the kids to put two together. This was a big road win for us and to be able to do it by 30 points was nice.”
The Skyhawks would waste little time taking command of the game in the early minutes of the contest. Fresh out of the gate the Skyhawks would take a 9-4 advantage while a full court pressure defense caused some problems for the RedHawks, committing three early turnovers.
The RedHawks would respond by outscoring the Skyhawks 10-8 over the following four minutes of play. Heading into the 12-minute media break, the Skyhawks would still hold a 17-14 advantage despite already reaching the foul limit to put Miami into the bonus early in the first half.
UT Martin would hold tough, piecing together an 8-1 run to stretch its lead out to 10, holding a 25-15 advantage with less than eight minutes to play. Caldwell would score four points during the stretch while tallying three rebounds to anchor both ends of the floor.
Both teams would exchange several baskets over the next couple minutes with Miami holding a slim 12-10 advantage going into the final media timeout of the first half. Jones would reach double figures for the 26th time in the past 28 games during the stretch while holding a 33-27 lead.
The Skyhawks would push a 6-2 run into the break to take a 10 point, 39-29, lead going into halftime. Jones led all scorers with 17 points while Rupright tallied eight points for the RedHawks. UT Martin would shoot an impressive 53.3 percent from the field during the half while forcing Miami into 10 turnovers.
After Miami came out of the half with two quick baskets, the Skyhawks responded with a 6-0 run of their own to push the lead out to 12, forcing an early timeout by the RedHawks in the second half. Overall, the Skyhawks would head into the first media timeout on an 11-5 run as Jones reached the 20 point plateau for the second straight game and ninth time of her career.
The Skyhawks would begin to put the game out of reach over the next four minutes, putting together a 12-0 run. Jones notched her seventh career double-double during the span while setting a new career high with 31 points and 10 steals with just under eight minutes to play.
UT Martin would close out the game with a solid performance – outscoring Miami 51-28 in the second half to pick up the 90-57 road victory. The Skyhawks will return to action in exactly one week when they travel to Southeastern Conference foe Missouri.
From: UTM media relations
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