A Code Orange has been called for UT Martin's Saturday doubleheader against Southern Indiana
All UT Martin fans are being called to the Skyhawks' doubleheader matchup against the Southern Indian Screaming Eagles. The women's team will look for a season sweep over USI, and then it'll be a battle between two first-place teams when the men's team goes toe-to-toe with the USI men.
The UT Martin women's basketball team (7-12, 4-5 OVC) will step foot on the hardwood for the first time in a week as their game against Lindenwood this past Thursday was canceled. The Skyhawks were given a win because Lindenwood didn't have enough players to compete.
In their last game, UT Martin couldn't hang with the size and shooting of first-place Eastern Illinois. The top players for the orange and blue were Seygan Robins who had a season-high 17 points, and then Josie Story and Shae Littleford each had 10 points.
Southern Indiana (9-11, 3-6 OVC) enters the Elam Center after giving Eastern Illinois all they could handle, but the Screaming Eagles fell short, 67-62. USI forward Hannah Hatihcock averages 15.1 PPG which leads her team and places second in the OVC.
The UT Martin men's basketball team (14-8, 6-3 OVC) is rolling right now, off to their best start in conference play since the 2014-15 season. The Skyhawks have won three straight heading into Saturday's clash with USI. The third straight win came yesterday when UT Martin overcame an 8-point second-half deficit to beat OVC newcomer Lindenwood, 66-59.
KJ Simon recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help UT Martin improve to 11-1 at the Elam Center. Head Coach Ryan Ridder saw his team go on a 15-0 run, and clamp down on Lindenwood by only allowing 10 points in the final 10:24 of the game.
Southern Indiana (13-9, 6-3 OVC) has found their rhythm in D-1 winning five straight games and pulling away from Eastern Illinois last night 78-74. USI forward Jacob Polakovich had 20 points and 24 rebounds while guard Jelani Simmons finished with 21 points. The Screaming Eagles went 12-24 from beyond the arch in Thursday night's triumph.
The women's game will start at 1, with the men's game to follow at 3:30. WUTM will be on the call with pregame starting at 12:45 and 3:15. Davis Gregory and Jared Davidson will bring you play-by-play coverage from the Elam Center.