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LONGVIEW, February 7, 2014— The LeTourneau University women’s basketball team held host Mary Hardin-Baylor to 38% (27-for-71) shooting from the field but it was a 31-for-44 effort at the free-throw line that led the Cru to an 87-78 win.
Letourneau, who drops to 7-12 overall and 5-11 in the ASC, was led by junior Rebecca Stewart, who scored 18 points – 14 of which came in the final 20 minutes. She was joined in double digits by Ashley Fajardo, who added 12 and Alexis Wighaman and Alexandra Burroughs each scored 10.
Mary Hardin-Baylor, who improves to 13-7 overall and 13-4 in the ASC, was led by Alyssa Dean, who scored a game-high 24 – 12 of which came from the free-throw line. Dean was joined in double figures by Jovana Miles – who had a double double – with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Macy Moore added 15 and Jonelle Smith scored 11.
The two teams combined to shoot 71 free throws in the contest as each team had four players in double digits.
Following the sixth tie of the first 20 minutes, the Cru scored 17 of the next 23 points to take a 43-33 halftime lead. In the run, UMHB stretched a one-point lead – 29-28 – with a 10-2 spurt to spark the lead.
The YellowJackets failed to concede despite getting behind as much as 22 – 65-43 - in the second half. LeTourneau scored the next 13 points to get the deficit to single digits, 65-56 when Wighaman hit a jumper with 7:39 to play. In the run, Stewart hit a pair of 3 pointers to energize LeTourneau.
Later in the half, again, LeTourneau made a run at the host Cru and cut the deficit to six, 82-76, with 1:11 to play. The YellowJackets would eventually cut the deficit to as little as five but UMHB held LeTourneau without a point in the final 28 seconds to come away with the win.
The YellowJackets will continue its road trip on Saturday, with a 1 p.m., tilt against Concordia. LeTourneau dropped the earlier meeting in Longview on January 2, 55-50 in Solheim Arena.
The LeTourneau University men’s basketball team dropped a 73-48 decision to Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday night.
The YellowJackets (4-15, 3-13 ASC) were led by sophomore Ladaria Brown, who scored a team-high 13 points in the loss. The Henderson, Texas native has been in double digits in 17 of 19 games in 2013-14.
The Cru (12-8, 10-7 ASC) landed four in double digits including James Allen, who had a game-high 17. Antonie Chaney and Kitrick Bell each added 13 and Jerard Graham had a double double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
UMHB opened the game on a 19-2 run and never looked back in the win. LeTourneau closed within 10, 31-21, late in the first half with an 11-1 spurt. In the spurt, nine of the 11 points came from Brown.
Twice in the second half, LeTourneau had the deficit down to 16 but the host Cru answered the threat by the YellowJackets. In the second 20 minutes, UMHB shot 48.3% from the field and outscored LeTourneau by a 34-22 margin.
The YellowJackets will look to bounce back on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they travel to Concordia in Austin. Earlier this year, on January 2nd, the Tornados defeated LeTourneau, 77-69 in Solheim Arena.
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