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U T Martin Women win trip to the N C A A tournament!

March 9th, 2013 - By Steve James

Skyhawks head to the NCAA tourament. 3/9/2013

U T Martin women claimed another Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball championship title Saturday afternoon defeating Tennessee Tech in over time 87-80.

 Martin will now advance to the N C A A basketball tournament as the automatic qualifier.

 U T Martin and Tech were tied at 73 at the end of regulation before the Skyhawks outscored the Lady Eagles 14 to 7 in the over time in Nashville.

 Jasmine Newsome had 34 points to lead the team in scoring while Heather Butler added 24 and Rickiesha Bryant added 20 points in the win.

 Head Coach Kevin McMillian said he was proud of the team and was overwhelmed with emotion for the team’s third straight trip to the NCAA tournament.

 U T Martin shot 48 percent from the field and 95 percent from the free throw line and completed 18 of 19 free throws in the win,

 It will be a week before the team learns its opponent in the first round of the tournament.

Martin improved to 18 and 14 overall with the win. Tennessee Tech could earn a “at large” bid. 

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