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UMHB Women’s Basketball to play in two multi-team events as part of 2021-22 slate

BELTON, Texas- The UMHB women’s basketball team will play 25 games as part of its 2021-22 schedule, which was recently released.

The Cru open the season at home, hosting Trinity (TX) and Rhodes College on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. Originally set to be played in San Antonio, the multi-team event is set to give UMHB an early, yet quality, non-conference test. Trinity defeated Colorado College 73-63 to win the 2021 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament, and posted a 10-2 record. This brings about a matchup of the reigning conference champions from the two basketball-playing Div. III conferences in Texas, as UMHB won the 2021 ASC Tournament. Rhodes was the 2021 conference champion in the ultra-competitive Southern Athletic Association (SAA), downing No. 5 Oglethorpe and No. 6 Millsaps en route to the conference title. Both Trinity and Rhodes received votes in’s final Top 15 poll on March 21.

UMHB then has 20 days to prepare for its second appearance in a multi-team event: the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic. Played in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Crusaders face Colorado College on Nov. 26, a program that handed Trinity its only two losses of the 2020-21 season. The following day is a matchup against Nebraska Wesleyan, a program in the American Rivers Conference who went just 1-8 last year.

Besides at Dec. 20 duel with Schreiner at 6:00 p.m. CT, that is the extent of UMHB’s non-conference schedule.

The Cru open the conference slate at home against Ozarks on Dec. 4 , also playing McMurry, Hardin-Simmons, UT-Dallas and LeTourneau in the month of December. January begins with home contests against Concordia (TX), Sul Ross State and Howard Payne, before the Crusaders face off against ETBU in Marshall, Texas on Jan. 13. ETBU finished last season ranked No. 2 in the country, having only been beaten in 26 games by UMHB.

The Cru plays four of its final six games on the road, but closes out the schedule against Belhaven and ETBU at home on Feb. 17 and Feb. 19, respectively.

Mark Morefield’s team went 13-8 last season, winning its second-straight ASC Tournament title.

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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