Riding a hot-streak, the Golden Eagles hit the road to play UT Martin

Riding a hot-streak, the Golden Eagles hit the road to play UT Martin


By Jocelyn VerVelde, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

Gameday Central

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech women's basketball team heads out on its second of four-straight road games as they trek west to take on UT Martin on Monday at 7 p.m. CT.

This marks the 64th meeting between the Golden Eagles and the UT Martin Skyhawks. Tech holds a 44-19 all-time series lead, but the Skyhawks are on a six-game winning streak dating back to the 2010-11 season. The last showdown between these two squads was in the Ohio Valley tournament championship game last season where UT Martin won in overtime, 87-80. UT Martin was led by tournament MVP Jasmine Newsome with 34, while Heather Butler added 24. Diamond Henderson put up 14 for the Golden Eagles, while Molly Heady added 12.

Besides facing similar conference opponents, both squads also played Arkansas State in non-conference play. Tech lost to the RedWolves 90-75, while UTM beat ASU 75-66.

The Golden Eagles (7-11, 4-1) are riding a hot-streak as they head to Martin, Tenn. Henderson and freshman Hannah Goolsby have been helping power Tech forward. Henderson, on the season, is averaging 18.4 points per game, and in the three-game winning streak is averaging 18.7. Goolsby is averaging just 8.7 on the season, but over the streak she has increase it to 15.0. Junior Candace Parson is doing her part as well, as she is averaging just shy of a double-double over the last three games at 11.7 points, and 8.3 boards.

The Skyhawks (13-6, 6-0) are led by Butler and Newsome. Butler made Ohio Valley Conference history by becoming the league's all-time leading scorer in a 74-52 road victory at Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. Butler would become the OVC's all-time leading scorer by passing Tennessee Tech former standout Cheryl Taylor's previous mark of 2,526 career points, a mark set in 1987. Butler scored a game high 26 points on the afternoon while moving into 35th on the NCAA's career leaderboard. Jasmine Newsome tossed in 19 points while moving into sixth on the league's scoring list with her 2,320th career point, passing Tennessee Tech's Emily Christian. Butler is averaging 22.2 points per game on the season while Newsome averages 19.1 for the Skyhawks.

The contest can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network.  Fans can also listen to Roger Ealey of the Golden Eagle Sports Network on the play-by-play call on 106.1 FM The Eagle