Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru
5:30 p.m. CT, Marshall, Texas (Ornelas Gym)
UMHB (11-2, 8-0 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
|40||F||Kasey Jo Hinton||5'10||Jr.||1.9||2.2|
About the Cru: Riding a 10-game win streak, the fourth-longest in program history, the Crusaders have not lost since Nov. 26 and lead the ASC standings with a perfect 8-0 record. An integral part of the success has been the offensive prowess, averaging 73.9 points per game, the best mark in the ASC. They have shot 40.4 percent from the field, with a balanced offensive attack, as six players are averaging over 7.0 points per game. A huge advantage for UMHB has been in its exceptional post play, with three post players who stand at or above 6’0 and are phenomenal rebounders. Kaitlyn Kollmorgen returned to the floor Saturday after missing the previous two games, and leads the Cru with 8.3 boards per game. Aja Holmes tallied a season-high 15 points against Howard Payne, and Catherine Kaiser played significant minutes in all three victories last week.
No. 14 ETBU (9-2, 5-1 ASC)
ETBU Projected Starting Five
About the Tigers: The nation’s No. 14 team, ETBU might just be the best defense UMHB has faced this season, holding opponents to a shooting percentage of just 31.9 percent, the best in the conference. The Tigers are exceptional on the perimeter thanks to an established group of guards, and will undoubtedly make it tough for the Cru to find open long-range shots. ETBU’s 5-1 conference record includes a 58-54 win over No. 19 Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 10. But the Tigers have not played since Dec. 18, as their first two games of 2022, against Belhaven and Ozarks were cancelled.