Star Staff Reports
BRENTWOOD – The Ohio Valley Conference announced Nov. 19 that University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball guard Jasmine Newsome has been named Adidas OVC Co-Player of the Week following her record setting performance against Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon.
A Millington Central High School product, Newsome needed just 11 points going into Saturday’s matchup against Quinnipiac in the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament to become UT Martin’s second player to reach the illusive 2,000 point plateau. History would not elude the speedy senior as Newsome tallied her 2,000th career point with a three-pointer at the 6:34 mark of the first half. She now joins teammate Heather Butler as the only two players to reach the mark in school basketball history.
Newsome’s historic night was not done however, as the senior carried her team to an overtime victory behind a UT Martin single-game record 44 point performance, including 15 of the team’s 19 points in the overtime frame. Newsome’s 44 point performance surpasses Butler’s previous record of 42 against Tennessee State on Jan. 30, 2010 on the women’s side. Her record night also tied the school single-game record with Okechi Egbe who scored 44 points against Bethel on Nov. 20, 2000.