BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team fell 84-72 to Howard Payne University Saturday afternoon in Belton. The loss dropped the Cru to 9-8 overall and 5-7 in ASC action while the Yellow Jackets improved to 9-7 on the season and 6-5 in conference play.
The game remained evenly matched until halfway through the first half when Howard Payne constructed a 14-2 run to grab a 12-point lead on the Cru. UMHB cut the lead to single digits, but was not able to gain any ground on the Yellow Jackets, trailing 41-32 at the half. Howard Payne responded with a strong second half, leading by as many as 19 before UMHB pulled within four. The Yellow Jackets then went on a 12-7 run to lead by 13 with just over three minutes left to play. UMHB was not able to catch Howard Payne, dropping the 84-72 decision.
Bridjai Chaney and Alyssa Dean led the Cru with 15 points each while Taylor Tucker added 11. Chaney was the leading rebounder for the Cru, bringing down eight boards as the Cru out-rebounded the Yellow Jackets 45-35. UMHB recorded five steals and forced Howard Payne into 20 turnovers in the contest. The Cru shot 40 percent in the contest and 68.2 percent from the free throw line.
Danyel Bradley set a new career-high, leading all scorers with 45 points. Bradley went 18-24 in the contest and 8-8 from the free throw line. Yessenia Cazares added 11 points while Kalin Hanna brought down 13 boards. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets recorded 12 steals and seven blocks in the contest, forcing the Cru into 22 turnovers. Howard Payne shot 54.2 percent in the contest, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.
UMHB returns to action Monday, January 26th in a 5:30 p.m. match at Concordia University Texas in Austin. The Cru returns to Belton Thursday, February 12th for the annual Pink Zone Game against U.T.-Tyler at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayborn Campus Center in Belton.