Special to the Journal
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team beat East Texas Baptist University 80-69 Monday afternoon in Belton. The win improved the Cru to 8-3 on the season and 4-2 in American Southwest Conference action while the Tigers fell to 5-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
East Texas Baptist led by as many as six points before the Cru used a 14-6 run to gain a two-point lead. ETBU pulled the contest within three but was unable to catch the Cru, giving UMHB the 36-33 halftime lead. Alyssa Dean came off the bench in the first half, scoring 13 points as UMHB out-rebounded the Tigers 42-20 in the half. The second half remained close with the Tigers leading the Cru by six points before UMHB tied it with a 10-4 run. From there, UMHB scored 13 points and limited the Tigers to just three, giving the Cru a 10-point lead with two and half minutes left of play.
Dean led the Cru with 30 points while Macy Moore and Kourtney Bevers each added 11. Bridjai Chaney led the team with 17 rebounds, followed by Mackenzie Coffey with 13 and Kourtney Bevers and Taylor Tucker with 12. UMHB out-rebounded the Tigers 80-44 in the contest, bringing down 35 offensive rebounds. Defensively, Bevers led the Cru with four steals as the Cru forced the Tigers into nine turnovers. UMHB shot 30.2 percent in the contest, 20 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line.
Amanda Rucker led ETBU with 28 points while April Leonard added 12 and Cekret Davis had 10. Rucker also led the team with 12 rebounds. East Texas Baptist recorded 11 steals and nine blocks in the contest, showing 33.3 percent in the game and 25 percent from beyond the arc.
The Cru returns to action Thursday, January 8th in a 5:30 p.m. match at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. UMHB returns home on Thursday, January 15th in a White-Out game against Hardin-Simmons University at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayborn Campus Center.
UMHB 98 LeTourneau 77
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team grabbed a 98-77 win over LeTourneau University Saturday afternoon in Belton. The win improved the Cru to 7-3 on the season and 3-2 in American Southwest Conference action while the YellowJackets fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
The YellowJackets held a 10-3 lead early before UMHB used a 22-4 run powered by Macy Moore with eight points to lead the contest 25-16. LeTourneau cut the Cru’s lead to seven, but was not able to catch the Cru, giving UMHB a 44-35 lead at the half. The YellowJackets were able to cut UMHB’s lead to six, but the Cru defense held LeTourneau to just nine points in the final six minutes. Taylor Tucker led the Cru with 20 points in the second half, giving the Cru its seventh win of the season.
Moore and Tucker led the Cru with 25 points each while Bridjai Chaney added 16. Kourtney Bevers led the Cru with 10 rebounds and six assists while Tucker had a team-high three steals. UMHB out-rebounded the YellowJackets 54-30 in the match, bringing down 22 offensive rebounds to LeTourneau’s seven. The Cru shot 47.3 percent in the contest, 43.9 percent from beyond the arc and went 68.8 percent from the free-throw line. UMHB forced 18 turnovers and recorded nine steals.
Rebecca Stewart led the YellowJackets with 18 points while Ashley Reed added 16 and Bria Goodman had 11. Ashley Stephens was the leading rebounder with six while Stewart had a team-high five assists. LeTourneau shot 48.5 percent on the game and 50 percent from the free-throw line, forcing 20 turnovers and recording six blocks.