Saturday, October 23, 2021


The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team joined other member institutions this week by participating in the annual Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Media Day which was held virtually and presented by CenterPoint Energy.

While the Skyhawks are coming off back-to-back regular season conference championships, the team was picked to finish fourth in the league’s preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors. Belmont was picked as the heavy favorite to win the league title in 2021-22 while Tennessee Tech and Murray State ranked second and third, respectively.

UT Martin recorded one of its best seasons in program history last year after going 22-6 overall while posting a 17-2 mark in league play for the squad’s seventh regular season championship. The Skyhawks were rewarded with yet another postseason berth which the team turned into another piece of history after becoming the first program in the OVC to notch multiple postseason victories with a pair of wins in the Women’s NIT.

The program enters its 13th season under the direction of head coach Kevin McMillan. During that span, the Skyhawks have posted a 240-142 record while going 160-45 in conference play. The Skyhawks have not finished below fourth place in the league standings during McMillan’s tenure and will look to continue that trend with key returners Seygan Robins (7.7 ppg, 3.3 apg), Paige Pipkin (7.3 ppg, 2.8 apg) and Kyannah Grant (3.4 ppg, 2.0 apg) leading a squad which features seven total returners and welcomes seven newcomers into the fold.

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Gallery: (10-21-2021) OVC Media Day

Preseason All-OVC Releases


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UT Martin Head Coach Kevin McMillan

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UT Martin Guard Paige Pipkin

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Preseason All-OVC Team

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Destinee Wells, Belmont

Name, School, Position
Macey Turley, Murray State, G
Destinee Wells, Belmont, G
Katelyn Young, Murray State, F
Abby Wahl, Eastern Illinois, F/C
Conley Chinn, Belmont, F
Yamia Johnson, Austin Peay, G
Lariah Washington, Eastern Illinois, G
Anna Jones, Tennessee Tech, G
Jordan Brock, Tennessee Tech, G
Kesha Brady, Tennessee Tech, G
Tuti Jones, Belmont, G
Mackenzie Coleman, Tennessee Tech, G

Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Belmont (15 first-place votes) – 159
  2. Tennessee Tech (2 first-place votes) – 134
  3. Murray State (3 first-place votes) – 125
  4. UT Martin – 104
  5. Austin Peay – 95
  6. Southeast Missouri – 91
  7. Eastern Illinois – 83
  8. SIUE – 44
  9. Morehead State – 43
  10. Tennessee State  

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