Historic season ends for UT Tyler hoops

UT Tyler's Taylor Murphy (left) drives against Thomas More's Sydni Wainscott (24) during their NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game Friday in Walla Walla, Wash. (Courtesy | Jeff Williford, UT Tyler Sports Information)

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Senior She’Cara Humphrey and freshman Madison Wilson each scored 17 points, but it was not enough as the UT Tyler women’s basketball team fell 73-61 to No. 1 ranked Thomas More (Ky.) College on Friday in an NCAA Division III Sweet 16 contest at Sherwood Activity Center.

The Patriots’ historic season came to an end with a 27-4 record. The loss also snapped UT Tyler’s 14-game winning streak. The Patriots won the American Southwest Conference championship for the first time and second-year coach Kevin Baker led his team to two NCAA victories.

Thomas More took a 15-14 lead with 10:17 remaining in the first half and never trailed from that point.

From there, the Saints (31-0) went on a 23-12 run, forcing several turnovers, taking a 38-26 lead at the half.

UT Tyler, ranked No. 17, was not able to recover, going down by as many as 19 points in the second half before getting within 12 points.

The Saints’ Sydney Moss, the nation’s top scorer, led the way with 27 points, while teammate Jenny Burgoyne scored 20 and 10 rebounds. Moss is the daughter of former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss.

The Patriots’ leading scorer, Brittany King, was held to 12 points, but the junior grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Humphrey added seven rebounds, while Teylor Seals had five.

The Patriots held the Saints to 23 points below their season average, while also holding the Saints to under 50 percent shooting.

Thomas More advances to meet either No, 7 Whitman (Wash.) College or No. 20 Christopher Newport (Va.) at 9 p.m. today for the right to advance to the Final Four March 21-22 in Stevens Point, Wis.


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