Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge

The UMHB women’s basketball team has made impressive strides under new coach Mark Morefield. The ladies have been playing with more control and a cohesiveness that makes plays seem almost effortless.
With a record of 8-9 the team is hopeful they will begin to find their comfort zone under their new coach and with a new playing style.
The team had three consecutive wins against East Texas Baptist, Concordia and the Ozarks followed by a loss to Howard Payne. They then redeemed themselves with another vistory over Sul Ross.
The team not only won these games, but fought hard to keep their lead. The team battled into overtime during their game against Concordia, as the final buzzer left the score 51-51.
Jonelle Smith scored two 3-pointers that gained the lead. That lead was then secured with free throws by Bridjai Chaney and Meghan Turner. The Cru decisively captured the victory 67-62 over Concordia, leaving the Tornadoes spinning back to Austin.
The American Southwest Conference named Smith the Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week for games Jan.11 through Jan.18.
Smith has been the top scorer with a total of 72 points her past four games. She displayed killer crossovers and ball handling techniques that not only put points on the scoreboard but allowed her teamates to shine as well.
The Cru hit a road block against Howard Payne with a loss of 59-63. The ladies fell short with only 12.5 percent of three pointers versus Howard Payne’s 25 percent.
The Cru fought a good fight, leading in free-throw percentage.
Overall in skill and technique, the team performed to the best of their ability but the odds of making 3-pointers just did not seem to be in their favor.
Performance was not lacking in any way and the changes the team has made in their playing style were not compromised.
Women’s Basketball took on Sul Ross Saturday Jan. 23 at the Mayborn Campus Center. The ladies defeated Sul Ross with a score of 75-57.
Jonell Smith continued in this game as the top scorer with a total of 20 points. Tori Tucker and Kendra Wynn were also high scorers, with Tucker scoring 11 and Wynn adding 10. Bridjai Chaney led with 13 high rebounds.
The energy of the game was through the roof and the players seemed to catch the good vibes.
The atmosphere led to multiple scorers within the game including freshmen Jesslyn Poole and Tyra Gatson.
The ladies have been working not only on winning, but finding the most effective ways to score.
The team hopes to maintain tthis same intense level of play all the way until the sound of the final buzzer in every game to come.
The Cru will continue play tomorrow when they face Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene

Author: Kaitlyn Marshall

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