ts 10-game win streak snapped, Mary Hardin-Baylor was back on the court intent on kick-starting another run.
UMHB overcame some early sluggishness to hold Concordia Texas scoreless over the final 6 minutes of the first half, and the Lady Crusaders never trailed after intermission on their way to a 78-68 victory Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.
It was an effective turnaround for UMHB (15-3, 8-2 American Southwest Conference), which bounced back from last Saturday’s 68-63 loss at McMurry to keep a share of the top spot in the ASC West.
“We moved on from that loss. We practiced hard and got better since that game,” said Lady Crusaders senior point guard Meghan Turner. “Our defense still needs some improvement, but we did a lot better today than we did in that loss.”
Turner was a catalyst, going 3-of-6 from 3-point range and scoring 15 points. Her final 3 put the Lady Crusaders up by five with 2:02 left in the third quarter, and the Tornados (7-10, 3-6) got no closer than three the rest of the way.
“Meghan really controlled the tempo well, and we really took good care of the ball,” UMHB coach Mark Morefield said. “When she is on at the point guard spot and orchestrating things, we can be solid.”
Concordia was in control for much of the first half before going on its scoring drought, and UMHB took advantage to grab a 34-31 lead into intermission.
Jaela Dejean’s layup put the Tornados up 31-21 with 6:19 left in the second quarter, but they didn’t score again before the break. Turner had three buckets as part of a quick eight-point surge, Brooke Elliott added two free throws to tie it, and Turner’s 3 with 18 seconds to go before halftime capped UMHB’s 13-0 run.
“I had to make up for the times when I didn’t do very good in the last game,” Turner said. “I just did what I needed to do to help my team win.”
Concordia tied it three times in the third quarter before UMHB built an 11-point advantage midway through the fourth. After the Tornados closed to within 69-66 with 2 minutes to go, the Lady Crusaders closed the game on a 9-2 run.
Dejean scored 20 points before fouling out, Mercedes Ellison had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Lindsay Carter had 11 of each for the Tornados, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Hannah Holt scored a game-high 21 points, and Kendall Rollins had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds for UMHB, which continues its five-game homestand at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against ASC West co-leader Howard Payne.
“I think there was a little hangover from the loss last Saturday. We finally got over the hangover in the second quarter and got back to what we’re capable of doing and the way we can play,” Morefield said. “We had to get over that loss and hopefully we can get on another run like we did before, but we don’t want to peak with a 10-game winning streak.”