Seals, Patriots top Kangaroos, 75-59

Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:20 - Written by Phil Hicks

Using a pressure defense and clutch 3-point shooting, UT Tyler opened its home slate with a 75-59 win over Austin College on Tuesday in a women’s basketball game at the Herrington Patriot Center.

Teylor Seals, a sophomore transfer from Blinn College, was 5 of 7 from long distance and led the Patriots (1-1) with 18 points en route to the win.

Seals said she wasn’t planning to shoot the 3, but it happened to be open.

“I was just looking for my teammates and my post players,” said the 5-5 guard from Houston. “I just wanted to help out anyway I can. It is always a team effort.”

It was the second consecutive year the Patriots have defeated the Kangaroos. Last season, UT Tyler won 56-48 in Sherman.

Seals just missed a double-double as she had nine rebounds.

The Patriots forced the Kangaroos (1-2) into 19 turnovers, while committing only seven of their own.

Kevin Baker won in his home debut as Patriots coach.

“I was just pleased with how we were able to pressure for 40 minutes,” Baker said. “That was our game plan. We wanted to keep them under 50 points and we came close to that — if we would have kept them off the free throw line (AC was 16 of 27) we would have met our goal.”

Joining Seals in double figures were She’Cara Humphrey (14 points, 7 rebounds) and Breann McMillan (13).

Three AC players hit in double figures — Shayna Clardy (20 points), Erin Riley (13) and Christina Kime (11). Brook Melton led the Kangaroos with eight boards.

The Patriots were 9 of 21 (43 percent) from the 3-point line.

The Patriots now hit the road to open American Southwest Conference play. Next up is a 1 p.m. game against Howard Payne on Saturday in Brownwood.

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UT Tyler 75, Austin College 59

AUSTIN COLLEGE (1-2)

Shayna Clardy 6-9 5-8 20; Erin Riley 6-9 1-2 13; Christina Kime 2-8 6-9 11; Brittany Stepanski 3-8 1-2 7; Jacqui Nickell 1-3 0-0 3; Lexi Beeson 0-2 2-2 2; Brooke Melton 1-3 0-2 2; Kayla Linthicum 0-0 1-2 1; Maddi Mendoza 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 16-27 59.

TEXAS-TYLER (1-1)

Teylor Seals 6-10 1-2 18; She’Cara Humphrey 6-10 2-3 14; Breann McMillan 6-17 0-0 13; Lauren Glasco 2-3 3-4 7; Danai Woods 2-10 2-2 6; Taylor Murphy 2-5 0-0 5; Brittany King 2-3 0-0 4; Savannah Seybold 1-3 0-0 3; Brittany Brunson 1-3 0-0 3; Mariah Wells 1-3 0-0 2; Kenya Brown 0-1 0-0 0; Brionna Polk 0-0 0-0 0; Olivia Burns 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-68 8-11 75.

HALFTIME SCORE — Texas-Tyler 37, Austin College 34.

3-point goals—Austin College 5-12 (Shayna Clardy 3-5; Jacqui Nickell 1-3; Christina Kime 1-2; Erin Riley 0-2), Texas-Tyler 9-21 (Teylor Seals 5-7; Taylor Murphy 1-4; Savannah Seybold 1-2; Brittany Brunson 1-2; Breann McMillan 1-4; Kenya Brown 0-1; Danai Woods 0-1). Fouled out—Austin College-None, Texas-Tyler-None. Rebounds—Austin College 34 (Brooke Melton 8), Texas-Tyler 34 (Teylor Seals 9). Assists—Austin College 6 (Brooke Melton 3), Texas-Tyler 14 (Danai Woods 3; Teylor Seals 3; Kenya Brown 3). Total fouls—Austin College 10, Texas-Tyler 22. Technical fouls—Austin College-None, Texas-Tyler-None. A-237