The Cru went head-to-head against the McMurry War Hawks Jan. 30 and the U.T.-Dallas Comets Thursday Feb.4. Both teams displayed control and strategy on the court that resulted in a 69-66 victory for the women and an 86-70 win for the men. But at Mayborn Campus Arena against U.T.-Dallas, only the women were able to conqure the Comets 60-55.
The women played hard from the start of the clock on Jan. 30 with the score only tying twice. In the second quarter, the teams were tied 26-26 at 8:09, but Kendra Wynn grabbed a lead for the Cru with a jumper making the score 28-26.
The War Hawks tried to take the lead with a steal and a 3-pointer by Taylor Russell, but Wynn responded with a layup in the paint, placing the team at 30-29 with 5:43 left.
The Cru managed to hold their lead until the final buzzer ending the game 69-66 bringing the season record to 9-10. Wynn was the high scorer for the women with 14 points followed by Tori Tucker with 13 and Jonelle Smith with 12 points.
Tucker said that their current record doesn’t tell the team’s whole story.
“Our record does not define the type of basketball team we are to date. We have overcome adversity throughout the season.”
The men’s basketball team shot down the War Hawks, pushing their record to 11-12. At the start of the game, McMurry held a brief lead until 6:19 when Daniel Mills of the Cru scored with a layup in the paint. The team shot an impressive 88 percent of 3-pointers in the first half, and dominated the scoreboard with only 37 seconds left in the fist half at 54-20. During the second half, the War Hawks tried to close the gaps but their efforts were not enough to reverse the damage done by the Cru.
At 54-35, with 15 minutes left on the clock, the men continued to blaze up the court, adding points to the scoreboard. Bench points for the team totaled 50 and the largest lead of the night was by 34 points at 37 seconds in the first half.
The Cru left the War Hawks in the dust 86-70. High scorers included Damarius Cress with 16 points, Russell Green with 13 points, Daniel Mills with 11 points, and Layton Zinsmeister with eight points.
The men’s and women’s teams took to the court again Thursday Feb.4 in Mayborn Campus Arena, where the Cru faced off against the U.T.-Dallas Comets.
The women’s basketball team curbed the competition, winning 60-55.
In the first quarter the ladies came out calm trying to get a feel for U.T.-Dallas.
But by the end of the first quarter the Cru was finding their sweet spot and began to close in on the Comets.
During the second and third quarters, the Cru began to slowly pick up the pace. At 1:42 in the third, the Cru had tied 41-41 with a jumper by Kendra Wynn in the paint.
The team maintained a lead until the fourth where U.T.-Dallas tied the score at 48 with only 5:32 left in the game. The ladies denied the Comets’ attempt to gain a lead with a 3-pointer by Kourtney Bevers, securing the lead at 51-48.
Fans were on the edge of their seats when Kelsey Scibek of U.T.-Dallas scored a 3-pointer with four seconds left that cut the lead to three. But Kourtney Bevers secured the game with two good free throws that allowed the Cru to hold onto victory.
“Down by as many as 12 on Thursday night we didn’t panic,” Tucker said. “We had a bad first half but we regrouped at halftime and came out on top.”
The men’s basketball team came out with a new starting lineup consisting of Oliver Houston, Blane Bronnon, Layton Zinsmeister, Daniel Mills and Russell Green. The team was able to put the first few points on the board but U.T.-Dallas quickly took the lead.
The Cru fought their hardest to keep up with the comets but their 50 percent 2-point shot average in the first half cinched any efforts by the Cru.
U.T.-Dallas also held an advantage in the second half with 50 percent of 3-pointers, while the Crusaders only came out with a 23 percent 3-pointer average. The fast pace of U.T.-Dallas proved to be too much for the Cru, leading to a 84-78 loss.
Bronnon reflected on the teams performance in Thursdays game.
“Our energy against U.T.-Dallas was a big factor in the loss. We seemed a bit stagnant from the beginning, which caused us to fight an uphill battle.”
High scorers for the Cru were Sidney Deloach with 24 points and Daniel Mills with 19 points.
Both teams traveled to Austin last Saturday to play Concordia University Texas. The men fell 97-92 while the women came away with a 77-64 victory.