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UTM loses second straight to SIUE

Staff writer

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 14:02

The last time the two teams met the Cougars edged by the Skyhawks by only one point. This time it was only by three as the Cougars won 66-63.

In a game that mirrored previous, the Cougars quickly pulled out to a 10-5 lead but they weren't able to hold the Skyhawks down for long as they responded by taking an 18-16. The first half would wind down with the Skyhawks leading 28-25 but they wouldn't be in that position much longer. With 14:44 left in the second half the Skyhawks would pull out to their largest lead of the game, 42-32, but it was all downhill from there.  While the game would remain close to the end the Cougars came up big when it counted pulling out to a six point lead with under four minutes to play and fighting off the Skyhawks late game heroics to take home a 66-63 win.

"We didn't deserve to win the game. They deserved to win it, but it just gets old watching the same story, same song, same verse," said coach McMillan after the loss. "You would think we would have something change but we haven't."

The Skyhawks were outrebounded all game with the Cougars having 47 to their 31 rebounds.

"Give up 23 offensive rebounds to eight, you get out rebounded by 16, then you're not a very good team, and we're not a very good team. Butler and Newsome just keep us from being a terrible team,” said McMillan.

Junior guard Heather Butler led the Skyhawks in scoring with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Fellow junior guard Jasmine Newsome finished with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Freshman guard Katie Schubert finished 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Skyhawks continue their stretch of home games Saturday Feb. 16 against Southeast Missouri, tipoff is set for 4 p.m. To follow the game, follow The Pacer on Facebook and Twitter, @thepacer.

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