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Women’s Basketball Gameday Preview: No. 20 UMHB hosts McMurry

Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru

Saturday’s Game

1 p.m., Mayborn Campus Center, Belton, Texas


McMurry (0-16, 0-11 ASC)

McMurry Projected Starting Five

# Pos Name Ht. Class Pts Reb
11 G D'Asia White 5'5 Jr. 5.2 2.5
3 G Taya Bridges 5'7 Jr. 7.1 4.9
15 G Vanessa Wharton 5'9 So. 4.1 1.1
34 G Emily Holland 5'8 Fr. 9.0 2.3
24 F Destiny Matthews 5'8 Jr. 15.1 7.1

About the Warhawks: 0-16 overall, and winless in conference play, McMurry has had a tough go of it for the better part of this season. But that is not to say the Warhawks have not competed within ASC play, falling by just two points to both Howard Payne and Ozarks. Against the league’s top teams, however, inefficiencies on defense have been shown, as the Warhawks lead the conference in most points allowed per game (77.1), and opponents are shooting 45 percent.

 Interestingly enough, the quickness of the McMurry’s guards has produced an average of 11.5 steals per game, a factor that makes up for the Warhawks’ lack of height in the post. In non-conference play, McMurry suffered two challenging road losses at Schreiner and Texas Lutheran, and also lost to Trinity, a common opponent between the Warhawks and UMHB, 102-50.

No. 20 UMHB (15-2, 12-0 ASC)

UMHB Projected Starting Five

# Pos. Name Ht. Class Pts Reb
10 G Bethany McLeod 5'9 Sr. 8.4 3.1
1 G Arieona Rosborough 5'7 Fr. 11.6 6.3
31 F Ashley Faux 6'0 So. 11.8 4.1
40 F Kasey Jo Hinton 5'10 Jr. 1.9 2.2
24 P Kaitlyn Kollmorgen 6'0 So. 8.4 7.2

About the Cru: Atop the league standings at 12-0, UMHB is on a high after its 74-72 home win over No. 22 Hardin-Simmons. The Cru has played incredible in the fourth-quarter, scoring 27 points in the last 10 minutes Thursday night, and coming from behind to defeat ETBU on the road on Jan. 13. 

With an offense that relies on all five players on the floor to be successful, UMHB leads the conference in assists, at 17.5 per game. That has led to 73.3 points per game, the league’s best mark, and the Crusaders continue to find success in the play of their guards, which has not only improved the scoring, but also the opportunities to get the ball to the low post. 

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