Star Staff Reports
MARTIN – College Sports Madness has recognized University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball senior guard Jasmine Newsome as All Mid-Major Player of the Year along with first team honors. Teammate Heather Butler was named to the All Mid-Major second team.
A Millington Central High School product, Newsome was named an All-OVC first team selection and Defensive Player of the Year after ranking fourth in the league with 19.1 points per game while ranking first in assists (6.0 apg), steals (2.8 spg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She poured in double figure scoring outputs in 26 of 31 games, including 20 or more points in 12 games. She hit the 30-point plateau three times, while setting a single-game record with 44 points against Quinnipiac on Nov. 16.
Newsome won the OVC Player of the Week award two times along with moving into second on the league’s all-time scoring list with 2,558 career points. She was named OVC Tournament most valuable player for the second straight season after averaging 23 points, six assists and 2.5 steals per game en route to the Skyhawks fourth consecutive OVC Tournament championship. She swiped multiple steals in an astonishing 18 games, including a career-best seven steals on back-to-back occasions against Tennessee State and Murray State.
A 5’5 senior out of Medina, Butler was named OVC Player of the Year while taking home All-OVC first team and OVC All-Tournament team selections, ranking ninth in the nation in scoring with a league leading 24.1 points per game. She took home OVC Player of the Week honors five times after becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer with 2,811 career points. Her 2,846 career points rank 18th on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list.
Butler has scored in double figures every game of her career, ranging 128 consecutive games, ranking as the longest active streak in the NCAA. Her mark of 128 games in double figures ranks fifth in NCAA history. This season she eclipsed 20 points or more on 19 separate occasions, adding to her career total of 74 games. She tied the program record for points in a single game with 44 points on two occasions.
UT Martin is 24-7 on the year and is currently ranked 76th in the NCAA RPI rankings heading into its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Skyhawks rank third in the country in scoring with 84.6 points per game while scoring 100 points or more on eight occasions. Both Butler and Newsome rank in the top four in NCAA active scoring by combining for 5,404 career points and ranking first and second on the Ohio Valley Conference’s all-time scoring list.