Patriots open with win

Senior guard Danai Woods applies defensive pressure to Centenary sophomore Rhonda Martin. (Victor Texcucano)

The UT Tyler women’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a dominating 101-57 win over Centenary on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

Madison Wilson, a freshman from Fort Bend Clements, had an impressive debut, leading the team with 22 points and six rebounds.

UT Tyler set the tone early, putting heavy pressure on the Ladies (0-1), going on a 15-0 run to start the game.

The Patriots continued the up-tempo game, going up by as many as 47 points in the first half when Ashleigh Dykes, a junior from Milano, hit a 3-pointer with 3:50 remaining in the first half.

After taking a 68-25 lead at the half, UT Tyler was never threatened, taking a 99-40 lead with 6:44 left in the game.

Wilson hit two free throws with 1:34 remaining, helping the Patriots tie for the fourth-most points scored in a game in program history with 101.

The UT Tyler defense held the Ladies to 40-percent shooting from the field, and out-rebounded Centenary 38-28.

Taylor Murphy (12), Brittany King (16), Teylor Seals (14) and Wilson all finished in double-digits, with King having with a team-high six rebounds.

UT Tyler shot a sizzling 60-percent from the field, including 10 3-pointers which ranks as the second-most made in a game in program history.

The Patriots will hit the court again in a non-conference showdown with Rhodes College at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Tyler. The UT Tyler men will follow against Rhodes at 7:30 p.m.

 
 

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