Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge
Jan28

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...

Read More
Softball strives to improve
Jan28

Softball strives to improve

As the 2016 spring season draws closer, Head Coach Larry Hennig and Assistant Coach Melissa Maler, along with the rest of the Cru softball team, are gearing up to take on their opponents. Coming off of a 21-18 record last season, the Cru has high hopes that they’ll get a chance at a successful season. “We are very excited for this season,” Henning said. “We’ve been going at it since August and had a month of fall softball. We feel like we are improved from where we were at last year and we we are going to improve even more.” The Cru looks to start the season strong as they face-off against Texas Lutheran University Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the season opener. Freshman firstbaseman Ainsley Skopik said the team is eager to start the season. “We are very excited to open our season. We have worked hard throughout the offseason and we are ready to take the field,” Skopik said. “We have an incredible team of talented and dedicated players.” The home opener will take place Feb. 12 at 4 pm against LeTourneau University. “This season the team is committed to improvement,” Henning said. “We want to put up more wins and be one of the top teams in our league.” The team struggled to fend off the top three teams in the conference last year and is determined to make a better showing than last season. But even though the team will be focusing on defeating their toughest opponents, they will also be focusing on enjoying the season. “Softball is a passion for these girls,” Henning said. “They are players that grew up playing the game and they had other family members that were softball players. So, they are really just living a dream playing here at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being able to get a college degree and getting to do something that they love is near and dear to them, so we want them to enjoy it”. Hennig has spent his entire life committed to this sport and loves to share his passion with the team every single day. “I enjoy coaching softball because I’ve been on some sort of sports team my whole life,” he said “I started playing sports when I was 10 or 11-years-old and I have been on a team ever since.” While there are many reasons that Hennig loves coaching the game, there are a few things that stick out to him. “It’s so cool to see the different personalities that come into play. There are no two people alike and it keeps me on my toes,” he...

Read More
A tale of two games
Jan28

A tale of two games

The Cru never trailed Jan. 21 against Howard Payne University, but had to overcome a late push by the Yellow Jackets to secure the 88-76 victory. The game was tied at 11 just over five minutes in before UMHB went on an 11-2 run to stretch its lead to nine points. The Cru continued to widen the gap in the first half and an emphatic dunk by senior Sidney Deloach made it 42-22 with 2:35 remaining in the half. The Cru held a 48-29 lead at the break. “I thought we played well in the first half. I didn’t think we played great, but we just want them to play good, and that’s what we’ve been talking about,” UMHB coach Ken DeWeese said. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular, just play good.” UMHB grabbed its largest lead with 14:15 remaining in the contest when a 3-pointer from junior Shon Lewis pushed it to a 21-point advantage at 59-38. That’s when the tides started to change. HPU chipped away at the lead before a Bryan Adams three made it a 66-61 win with 5:14 remaining. “They went into that zone to try and slow us down, and I guess we were just more passive than we were in the first half,” senior guard Layton Zinsmeister said. Tensions ran high in the final minutes of the game. UMHB senior Russell Green was ejected after a flagrant foul with 3:27 left. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to three at 74-71 with under 2:30 to go. With 1:43 remaining, HPU guard Rickey Guillory picked up a technical foul after scoring a bucket, and was ejected 25 seconds later after receiving a second technical. “Those guys were doing a lot of talking. I told our guys, ‘Words don’t hurt you. Because if words did hurt you, as bad as I’ve talked to you the last three weeks, you’d all be dead. Let them do the talking and you just keep your mouth shut,” DeWeese said. The Cru was able to knock down its free throws in the final minute to put the game on ice and seal the 88-76 win. Zinsmeister said the team hadn’t been playing up to its full potential, but came out playing inspired basketball. “We had a little fury in our eyes. Coach has been hard on us,” Zinmeister said. “He’s been motivating us to play harder and it definitely worked in the first half.” The team returned to action Jan. 24 when they hosted the Sul Ross state Lobos. Sul Ross had the lead for most of the first ten minutes, but went cold midway through the...

Read More
New season, new identity for women’s basketball
Dec09

New season, new identity for women’s basketball

The UMHB Women’s Basketball team has gone into this season with high expectations and a drive to win. The ladies have a record of 3-4 with acceptable performances in their losses. This year the ladies have a lot to look forward to with Mark Morefield as their new head coach. Morefield was previously the assistant coach of Baylor University’s NCAA division I Men’s basketball team. His experience working at the division one level is what the team believes will carry them to new heights this season. Sophomore small forward Taylor Dangerfield feels that Morefield has brought a lot more structure to the team and brings a new level of comfort that she describes as “a way better feel than last year.” The team has the winning mindset this season according to Dangerfield. “We always say we are going to practice as a championship team,” she said. “Our goal is actually to go to the NCAA championship, not just to win a conference.” Junior Power Forward Bridjai Chaney, was recently named the American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week ending the 29th of November. In the CRU’s first win of the season against Southwestern University, Chaney scored 15 points, along with eight rebounds, an assist and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Chaney believes that the key to the team’s success is their drive and determination to keep going. “We don’t give up. We can be down but we don’t know what giving up is,” she said. “Even with two seconds left we will still fight for as long as we can.” The women have been working on playing smarter – determining what is a good shot, taking open shots and knowing if there is a better shot available. They are continuously practicing and working so that when they face tough rivals such as UT Tyler and UT Dallas they will play to the best of their ability and hopefully bring home the glory. Chaney and Dangerfield look forward to building a bond amongst their teammates and improving their capabilities. Dangerfield explained that the Christmas break is an influential time in team bonding since students are away at home and the team can really focus on one another. “We have a lot of good people on our team,” Chaney said. “Its like getting a whole bunch of new parts to an old car. Once they all get running well with oil and everything, it’s pretty good.” After losing their first three contests, the Cru responded by winning three consecutive contests against Southwestern, Texas Lutheran and Belhavan before falling 62-50 against Texas A&M International University at...

Read More
TLU too much for Cru
Dec09

TLU too much for Cru

The Crusader men’s basketball team played a tight first half against Texas Lutheran Dec. 5 at the Mayborn Campus Center, but the Crusaders weren’t able to overcome a blitzkrieg of Bulldog three-pointers. The game was dead even for the first 12 minutes as the teams traded leads 14 times. The score was locked at 23 before TLU went on a 7-0 run to pull out in front 30-27 with 3:50 remaining in the first half. But the Cru responded with a 6-0 run of their own. Freshman guard Demarius Cress was fouled as he hit a running floater and completed the 3-point play at the free throw line. On the next possession, Junior Avery Polchinski drained a three to make it a one point game at 30-29. The Cru later gained a 33-32 advantage on a bucket from junior Daniel Mills. TLU would hit two free throws to retake the lead and add to it when freshman Paris Mauquez hit a buzzer beater to put the bulldogs up 36-33 at the half. Both teams had trouble shooting in the second half, as both shot just 32 percent from the field. The difference was that TLU made all six of their free throw attempts while UMHB hit only 12 of 22. “There’s no excuses,” said senior guard Layton Zinsmeister. “We’ve just got to get up there, be mentally tough and knock our free throws down.” TLU shot attempted 16 3-pointers in the first half, but made just four of them. The Bulldogs got hot from behind the arc in the second half, however, as they hit 7 of 11. After a Crusader bucket to make it 36-35, TLU opened the half with four consecutive scores and extended the lead to 46-35. Senior center Russell Green said the Crusaders weren’t as aggressive as they would have liked to be on defense. “We let them shoot too many wide open threes. We gave them some looks,” Green said. “They like to play fast and get down the court, but so do we. We just didn’t match their intensity, especially on defense.” Those 3-pointers proved to be too much for the Cru to handle as TLU stretched its lead to 16 at one point. UMHB was never able to cut the deficit to single digits as the Bulldogs cruised to the 81-71 win. “The 3-point line has changed so many things. When a team makes two or three, for some reason, it gets them a little more excited and they start playing with a little more confidence,” UMHB Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “[The 3-pointers] made a big difference in their competitiveness and...

Read More
Cru comes up short in playoffs
Dec08

Cru comes up short in playoffs

Rain, shine and wind. The UMHB football team weathered it all to secure a spot in the quarterfinals round of the NCAA Division III National Championships. Although Cru defeated the Huntingdon College Hawks 43-23 Nov. 28 in the Second Round of the playoffs, a last-second field goal the following week allowed Linfield College to knock the Cru out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Wildcats ended the Cru’s playoff run with a 31-28 victory in Crusader Stadium. This year, the Cru traveled to McMinnville, Oregon to write the budding rivalry’s next chapter. Entering the game, the Cru had an overall record of 11-1 and were 4-1 in conference play. Their lone loss came midway in the season to Hardin-Simmons University, when the Cowboys defeated the Cru 29-26. After the loss, the Cru rallied a 4-game winning streak and defeated the Tigers of East Texas Baptist University in the regular season finale to clinc a share of the regular-season ASC Champion Title. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cru travelled to Abilene, where they defeated the Cowboys 37-19. In the second round, The Cru hosted the Hawks and won 43-23. Junior exercise sport science major Matthew McVey recalled the game against the Hawks and playoff tradition. “It’s always good to have a playoff game at home, and to get the victory is an even better feeling. We knew coming into this game, this was not going to be an easy one. Huntingdon was going to fight like crazy to knock us out of the playoffs,” McVey said. “This is the 12th year in a row the Crusaders have made the second round of the playoffs, I think that’s a tradition of its own.” Before the game, the team was hopeful to pull off a win against the team who stole their chance at the Stagg Bowl a season ago. “We feel that we let that game slip away from us last year and beat ourselves with too many mistakes,” said junior exercise and sport science major Baylor Mullins. “In life, you don’t get many second chances and for us that were all here last year, this is another chance at Linfield. We will make sure to take care of business this time.” Sophomore sport management major Haston Adams agreed with Mullins and couldn’t wait for a chance to beat Linfield. “Just by looking at last year (and) how they (Linfield) came and embarrassed us in our own home. I think everyone just wants revenge from that. It’ll be great to go beat them in their house,” he said. The Cru will have to...

Read More
Page 11 of 60« First...910111213...203040...Last »