BELTON – 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. The 80 boards also broke the ASC single-game record of 79, set by Howard Payne in 2013. 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.