Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament
Mar20

Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament

On Friday, March 1, the Cru women’s basket- ball team entered into the NCAA National Championship Tournament. Fans of the team were filled with excitement, as this is the first time the team has earned a spot in this tour- nament in the program’s history. The Cru traveled to Richardson to play the first game of the tournament against the Lynx of Rhodes College. Rhodes got off to a great start with consistent scoring in the first few minutes of the game. Their defense kept the Cru at a zero in the score column for the first two and a half minutes of the first quarter. However, the Cru starting capitalizing on their three-pointers, which helped them begin to close the lead. The Cru went 8 for 14 from the three-point line in the first half. They also began to capitalize on their defensive opportunities. In the second quarter, the Crusaders forced seven turnovers. These turnovers by Lynx College launched the Crusaders into the lead. At the end of the first half, the score was 39-23 with UMHB in the lead. At this point, the Cru held on to the lead and did not look back. The game ended with a 70-56 Crusader victory, which brought them into the second round of playoffs. In their second game, they met the UT Dallas Comets for the third time this season. They met once in the regular season, where the Cru achieved a five-point victory and once in the conference championship, where the Comets earned a five-point victory. They were scheduled to meet again on Saturday, March 2 for the second round of the tournament. Fans did not know how to feel entering into this game, since the teams were so evenly matched. The Cru took the lead early on and kept it for the remainder of the game. This would not have been possible without the Cru’s defense keeping the Comets at bay. The Cru had two blocksin the first quarter and numerous defensive rebounds. They also had their fair share ofsteals. UMHB totaled fivesteals throughout the game,and that definitely impacted the Comet’s offense. The Cru finished the game witha 66-57 victory and entered into the third round of the championship tournament. On Friday, March 8, the Crusaders left Richardson and traveled to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to play Washington University in St. Louis. It was a very close game, and the two teams stayed within one point of each other all the way to the five-minute mark of the second quarter, causing several lead changes. At this point, WUSTL slowly started to increase their lead. Their defense was a force to be reckoned...

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Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot
Feb27

Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot

Senior pre-veterinary medicine major Aubrie Elliot is entering her final season playing for the women’s basketball team at UMHB. Elliot has been playing basketball since she was very young, but she did not always enjoy it like she does now. “In junior high and even my freshman year [of high school], basketball felt more like a job to me. I enjoyed it still, but it wasn’t very fun.” It all changed during her sophomore year of high school. Elliot’s team began having fun together and she started to fall in love with the game. Her love for the game has brought her to a successful basketball career at UMHB. Last year, the women’s basketball team had a great season that brought them to the conference championship. After a hard-fought battle, the team ultimately lost the championship. She stated that this has motivated her and the entire team. “We’ve taken one game at a time this season knowing that we’ve ultimately been preparing for post-season. This team has proven we’re one of the best in the country and I’m so excited to see what all we accomplish”. The women’s basketball team kicked off the playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 21 against the Lady Wildcats of Louisiana College. “I hope that my teammates would remember me as someone who worked hard but loved harder,” Elliot said. “My goal every year on a team is that no matter what happens, I would love them with the same love that Christ has for them. I love this team and I hope they know I’m always just a phone call away if they ever need anything.” Without a doubt, she has been an integral part in this year’s great season. Hopefully, her words inspire her teammates to play like she does. Elliot has had a strong season, appearing in this year’s ASC championship tournament. She did not start in this tournament, but she definitely helped her team make it to the finals. She totaled 25 points and averaged 45 percent shooting from the field and six total...

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Men’s basketball team falls in ASC tournament
Feb27

Men’s basketball team falls in ASC tournament

The Crusader men’s basketball team has had an impressive season full of improvement, finishing with a 20-5 record. They capped off the season with a 28-point win over the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets. After this victory, they headed into the American Southwest Conference championship tournament. UMHB played the East Texas Baptist Tigers in the first round. The Cru played the Tigers earlier in the season and defeated them with a three-point victory. Many fans were expecting this to be a very close game. However, it is almost as if the Cru basketball players heard these whispers and wanted to silence the naysayers. In the beginning of the first half, it almost seemed as if they were right. The Cru’s offense struggled, missing several shots. However, they started heating up and finished the half catching up to the Tigers with a score of 40-33. If the Cru wanted to stay in the game, they could not have another slow start in the second half. The offense did a good job at scoring, but they started to fall behind around four minutes into the second half. They slowly started to chip away at that lead and kept a pretty good pace. The Cru caused two turnovers at the five-minute mark and this was when they decided to put their foot down. The Cru saw their opportunity and capitalized on it. This led to a 90-73 victory for UMHB. This win advanced them into the next round, where they faced the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in Belton. UMHB fans were filled with excitement as the Cru took the court to play their rival, Hardin-Simmons. The Cru played the Cowboys earlier in the season and defeated them by a whopping 36 points, but the playoffs would be an entirely different story. The Cru had a fast start to the game and caught the lead early on. They held on to this lead, but the Cowboys slowly started to close that gap. The Cru had a few flashes of offense that would distance them from Hardin-Simmons, but the Cowboys kept closing in on the lead. The Cowboys finished the half with a five-point lead. The Cru came out strong and took over the lead at the 18-minute mark, but the Cowboys remained in the fight. These flashes of offense continued in the second half, and the Cru was able to force several lead changes by a few points. Despite these offensive maneuvers, the Cowboys took the lead at the 10-minute mark and did not look back.Ultimately, the Crusaders were defeated by HardinSimmons 97-91. Despite this defeat, the Cru had a great season, and they showed marked improvement from the previous year. As this season comes to a close, fans look forward to what the team has in store next...

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UMHB women’s basketball team earns first NCAA tournament appearance
Feb27

UMHB women’s basketball team earns first NCAA tournament appearance

For the first time in UMHB’s history, the women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Divion III tournament. The Crusaders will face Rhodes College on March 1 with the time to be determined. The Cru had a spectacular year, finishing the season with a 23-2 record. Rhodes College finished their regular season with a 14-11 record and won all three games in their conference championship. This impressive record carried the Cru to the postseason this weekend, where they hosted the American Southwest Conference championship tournament. The Cru entered the three-game tournament with high hopes of winning. The Cru’s first game of the tournament was on Thursday, Feb. 21 against Louisiana College. The Cru started the game off strong, and held the lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 19-13. The Cru was consistent, scoring exactly 19 points in each quarter. They ultimately defeated the Wildcats 76-54. In the second game of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, the women played against East Texas Baptist University. The Cru had a rough first quarter. In the first ten minutes of the game, the Tigers scored 23 points and shot 57 percent from the three-point line, while the Cru scored 13 points and only made 22 percent of their shots. At this point, things weren’t looking good for the Cru, but the defense stepped up to keep the Tigers from scoring. In the second quarter, the Cru offense continued to struggle, scoring only 13 points, but the defense held the Tigers to just eight points, keeping the Crusaders in the game. After a hard-fought battle, the Cru edged out the Tigers to win the game 64-62. The final game of the tournament was on Saturday, Feb. 23 against the UT Dallas Comets. The Cru’s offense struggled in this game as well, scoring only 10 points and shooting 18 percent from the field in the first quarter. They also struggled in the rebound column. The Comets out-rebounded the Cru 47-30. The second quarter was different than the previous game in the sense that the offense stepped up instead of the defense. The teams virtually swapped score columns from the previous quarter. The Cru scored 16 points while the Comets only scored 10. Although the offense fought hard, UMHB was ultimately defeated by the Comets 63-58. Although the team did not win the ASC championship tournament, their regular season record was good enough to carry them into the NCAA National Championship bracket. If the Cru defeats Rhodes College, they will still have a long road ahead of them. The Crusaders will have to beat four playoff-caliber teams. It can be done, but it will be difficult. The game will be held at a neutral site in Richardson, which is just south of Plano. This is a two-and-a-half hour commute. If you are unable to attend the game, it will...

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UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season
Feb13

UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season

The weather is warming up and it is starting to feel like spring. This can only mean one thing: UMHB baseball is back. As a fan, I am feeling optimistic about this season. Head coach Ben Shipp shares this point of view. “I am optimistic. I am excited to see what this year’s roster does. Looking at them during practice I can tell they are hungry. They want this season.” Shipp has been impressed by the team’s commitment to practice, great work ethic and determination. One of the team’s strengths last season was their fielding percentage. Out of the 36 players on last season’s roster, 12 of them had a perfect fielding percentage, and 10 others had a fielding percentage of above .900. When asked how he plans to attain the same success this year, Shipp said, “We had a great season defensively, and a few of the players this year are returners. We felt as if we were lacking at shortstop last year. We had a shortstop last year that left us after 15 games, and this year we have a committed freshman shortstop. We also signed a great defensive freshman first baseman from Round Rock. We have great speed in the outfield, and with the returners, we always hope to see improvement.” Practice makes perfect. This is a saying that still holds true because practice does produce good results. As Shipp stated, the returners are expected to have a great season defensively. The new players can look up to the strong team leaders who have experience and wisdom to share. This year’s roster has seen a large number of freshmen joining the team. When asked if he thinks this could be a detriment to the team, he stated, “No, I don’t feel like it does. Most of the freshmen we have joining us this year are pitchers, and that happens sometimes. They are very talented, and I am confident that they can get the job done.” The Cru kicked off their season on Friday, Feb. 8, in Grand Prairie against the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran University. Although the team started off strong, earning two runs in the first inning, they were ultimately defeated 9-5. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Cru played the Tornados of Concordia University at the same location. It was a tough game for UMHB, and the team ultimately lost 10-1. This past Sunday, the Cru faced Hendrix College in Grand Prairie. It was a hard-fought battle all the way to the end, but ultimately, Hendrix got the upper hand and defeated the Cru 6-4. This weekend, the team will face Schreiner University in Kerrville....

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UMHB softball anticipates a successful season
Feb13

UMHB softball anticipates a successful season

Cru softball is in full swing, and fans are excited to see what the team has in store this season. Last season, the team finished with a record of 10-29. The Cru advanced to the American Southwest Conference Championship tournament and finished the championship series 3-1. Despite this loss, the softball team still had an outstanding season, finishing with a 21-8 record in their conference games. They started the season off hot, not allowing more than four runs until the seventh game when they lost by a margin of two points. One of the team’s greatest strengths was their offensive power. The team’s overall batting average was .307, and they had 34 home runs and 225 RBIs. Key pitching and solid defense led the team to a 2.54 ERA, 118 strikeouts and a .964 fielding percentage for the season. Head Coach Larry Hennig, who has coached softball at UMHB since 2010, said, “We’re pretty optimistic every year. We have a good blend of experience and new talent on the roster. I feel like we have the opportunity to do very well this year talent wise. [It] doesn’t look like we have any shortages. The scrimmages looked very well. Our pitchers did great, and the defense also did well. Our offense was a bit up and down during the scrimmage, but that was due to it being the first at-bats of the season. Many people don’t realize we had a good reputation for home runs and we stole over 80-something bases last season. Hopefully, we find the right combination of power and speed this season.” It is hard to gauge whether this year’s team will have similar statistics because the roster has a large number of freshmen. There are 22 players on the roster, 10 of whom are freshmen. However, Hen- nig does not feel as if this will be a detriment because the upperclassmen have stepped up to guide them. He said “The upper- classmen understand that this is the first [time] in a while that they have fresh- men that can step up and fill these roles. In previous years, we had only one or two freshmen, and this year we have several. All they lack is experience. They are great athletes and are very talented. It brought the team much closer with the older players stepping up and guiding the freshmen.” In most sports teams, a leader emerges quickly in the beginning of the season. When asked if there were any particular players that have stepped into a leadership role, Hennig said “There are two, actually. Emily Bounds, our senior catcher, has stepped up to lead the...

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