BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team was edged by the University of Texas at Dallas Saturday afternoon in Belton. The win improved the Comets to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in American Southwest Conference action while the Cru fell to 8-7 on the season and 4-6 in conference play.
UTD opened with a 12-4 run to gain a lead on the Cru before UMHB responded with five unanswered points to cut the Comets’ lead to three. UTD held a lead until the 4:42 mark in the first half when UMHB tied the contest at 21. The Comets then pulled away again with a 6-1 run, holding a 32-27 lead at the half. UTD maintained a sustainable lead until Taylor Tucker gave the Cru a one-point advantage sinking two from the free throw line. UTD pulled away again with a six point lead with three minutes left in regulation. The Cru was not able to generate a scoring offense to overcome the deficit, dropped the 68-62 contest.
Taylor Tucker led the Cru with 14 points while Haven Neal posted 11, Macy Moore had 11 and Alyssa Dean put up 10. UMHB out-rebounded the Comets 43-39, led by six boards from Mackenzie Coffey. Moore led the Cru with five assists while Tucker posted two blocks. UMHB shot 38.1 percent in the contest and 50 percent from the free throw line.
Ashley Shaw led the Comets with 18 points, followed by Amber Brown and Emily Price each with 11. UTD forced the Cru into 16 turnovers, grabbing seven steals and blocking three shots. Shaw was also the leading rebounder for the Comets with nine. UTD shot 50 percent in the contest, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 52.6 percent from the free throw line.
The Cru will return to action Thursday, January 22nd in a 5:30 p.m. match against Sul Ross State University at the Mayborn Campus Center in Belton.