The UT Tyler basketball programs will open their home schedules on Tuesday by hosting Rust College in a pair of non-conference games starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Herrington Patriot Center. Fans who bring a canned food item or donation to be given to the Salvation Army Food Pantry will receive free admission to both games.
The No. 16-ranked women’s basketball team enters Tuesday with a 2-0 record after securing season-opening wins last weekend at Southwestern and Schreiner.
Coach Kendra Hassell is the first head coach in program history to start her career with the school with a 2-0 record and junior guard Michelle Obach was named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week following a weekend where she hit seven 3-pointers and averaged 22.5 points per game in the pair of victories.
Shuntay Raglin leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and is averaging 12.0 points per contest, while Alexus Bertrand has hit four 3-pointers and is averaging 9.0 points and Cami Davis is at 8.5 points per game through the first two contests of her freshman season. The Patriots are averaging 90.5 points per game and are currently third in the nation with 12.5 3-pointers per game.
“I’m looking forward to our first home game for that reason,” Hassell said. “We will be ready to fight to protect our home court. I think our team is very gritty and even through adversity they find a way or make a play.”
The UT Tyler men’s basketball team comes into their non-conference game against Rust College with a 1-1 record following a 94-90 road win over Southwestern last Saturday. The Patriots shot a program record 50 free throws and made 32 in the victory. UT Tyler also owned a 40-20 scoring advantage inside the paint, led by Demarcus Metcalf who had 16 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Gonzales leads the Patriots this season with 15.5 points per game and has also added six rebounds and two assists. Deon Rodgers is at 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and Metcalf is averaging 10.0 per contest. UT Tyler opened its season with a road loss at Texas Lutheran before responding with the victory over Southwestern.
“Rust is going to be the most athletic team we’ll play all year so we’re going to have a tough challenge ahead of,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “It’s nice being able to play at home and we’re looking forward to playing there the next couple of weeks.”
The home opener will start a three-game home stand for the programs who will also host Howard Payne on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Sul Ross (Dec. 5). Each home game will be broadcasted in high definition for free on uttylerpatriots.com.
Rust College is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi, about halfway between Memphis, Tennessee and Tupelo, Mississippi.