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.