Cru sports foresee promising spring season

As the new year begins, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have hit the middle of their schedules. Both teams are currently in position to qualify for the ASC Championship tournament, but need to finish their regular seasons with more wins to capture the post season spot.


The Lady Cru are in seventh place with a 8-7 overall record and 4-6 in conference play. The men are in second at 11-4 and are 8-2 in conference.


The men defeated conference top-ranked Hardin-Simmons University in overtime 90-81 last week.


Freshman pre-physical therapy major Meghan Turner plays point guard for the Lady Cru. Meghan talks about how they are preparing for the conference championships.


“We are taking every day one by one and making every practice count,” she said.


Junior exercise sport science major Tori Tucker mentions the team’s preparation.


“We work hard every day and we know what’s at stake. We want to not only do this for ourselves, but for our seniors. We don’t want to be sitting in Belton during the tournament knowing we should be there. We are ready and determined to turn this around this next go around,” she said.


Tucker also enjoys the atmosphere the Crusader fans bring to the game.


“Having students back on campus is nice for the games due to more fans and more energy in Mayborn Campus Center. Having student life back on campus also brings liveliness on games days and knowing that they will be there on game night is exciting. We love our fans,” she said.


The Lady Cru and Cru will host Sul Ross State and Howard Payne University this Thursday and Saturday in Belton. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Mayborn Campus Arena.


Both match ups are conference games that will impact seeding in the ASC post-season this March.


The other spring sports, baseball, softball, tennis and golf have begun the first steps in their spring seasons.


Senior exercise sport science major Angelie Juaneza is ready for the tennis season to begin.


“I’m excited for what the season has in store for us. We are going against a handful of tough teams that we haven’t played against before. It’ll be a season full of new experiences for sure,” she said. “Being a senior, I want it to be the best season ever, but tennis is a team sport, so everyone has to work together in order to achieve our goals.”


Junior sport management major Elizabeth Davis reflects on the new semester.


“The spring golf season is our drive toward another ASC Championship and potential National Championship. With hard work, our team is poised to make a strong push towards our goal of another National Championship one-step at a time,” she said.


These four sports will begin their seasons in the middle of February. Men’s and women’s tennis will both host LeTourneau University Feb. 14 and the women’s team will play Trinity University the same day.


Softball will begin its season at home against Southwestern University with a double header on the same day. Baseball and golf will begin later that week.

Author: Jake Stamps

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