5:30 p.m. CT, Austin, Texas, Concordia Fieldhouse
No. 24 UMHB (12-2, 9-0 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
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About the Cru: Trending upwards on an 11-game win streak, the Crusaders found themselves in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll for the first time this season on Monday, ranked No. 24. UMHB took down No. 14 ETBU 72-70, on the road in overtime Thursday night, meaning the Cru has now beaten every ASC team except Belhaven, who canceled its contest against UMHB less than an hour before tip-off Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders lead the conference in scoring (73.8 PPG) and enter today’s matchup shooting 34.7% from the field and 29.4% from three-point range. The post play has been critical in UMHB’s success, with the trio of Aja Holmes, Catherine Kaiser, and Kaitlyn Kollmorgen giving the Cru a scoring ability from short-range, as well as a defensive advantage.
Concordia (5-10, 3-7 ASC)
Concordia Projected Starting Five
About the Tornadoes: Since a 66-59 loss in Belton on Jan. 3, Concordia has gone 2-2, dropping contests by significant margins to both Sul Ross State and ETBU, though the Tornadoes also posted wins over Howard Payne and Belhaven. Concordia struggles offensively, with the lowest points per game total in the ASC (53.3 PPG), and shooting percentage (30.4%), but has countered with tremendous defense. Opponents are averaging just 61.7 points per game, the fourth-fewest total in the conference. Erin Toro might be Concordia’s best defensive player in the post, and the 5’8 forward will be counted on to slow UMHB’s post players, who were key in the Cru’s last two victories. Toro scored 13 points the last time she faced UMHB on Jan. 3 and has started all 15 of Concordia’s games this season.