ABILENE, Texas The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team built a double-digit first quarter lead and never looked back as the Cru rolled to an 88-57 win over McMurry University Thursday evening in Abilene. UMHB entered the game ranked sixth in the country and improves to 20-1 overall and 12-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The Cru also clinches a share of the ASC West Division championship with the win. The loss drops the War Hawks to 6-15 overall and 3-9 in the ASC on the year.
McMurry’s only lead of the game came at 4-3 with 7:12 remaining in the opening period. UMHB scored 15 of the game’s next 17 points to build a 12-point lead and the Cru was up 18-8 after the first quarter. UMHB extended the lead to 16 points at halftime and never allowed the War Hawks to get closer than 11 points the rest of the way. The Cru shot 67 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and outscored McMurry 32-18 to really put the game out of reach.
Hannah Holt topped UMHB with 15 points on 7-10 shooting. Allaira Jones added 11 points and five rebounds and Aubrie Elliott chipped in 10 points. The Cru shot 48 percent from the field as a team and went 5-10 on three-pointers. UMHB forced 23 McMurry turnovers while only committing eight.
Sarah Doherty led the War Hawks with 15 points and London Weilert added 13. Skyler Reyna had a game-high 11 rebounds. McMurry shot 33 percent for the game but took 17 shots fewer than UMHB on the night.
The Cru women reached 20 wins in a season faster than any team in program history with the victory. UMHB will close out its five-game road trip with a 1 pm tip-off at Hardin-Simmons University Saturday in Abilene. The Cru can clinch the outright ASC West Division title and the right to host the ASC Championship Tournament with a win over the Cowgirls.