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Cru get revenge, beat Austin College in NCAA first round

UMHB is headed to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Women's Basketball Championships for the second year in a row.
Credit: Kurtis Quillin/KCEN
Sophomore UMHB forward Allaira Jones (34) shoots a jumpshot during a first-round game in the NCAA Div. III Women's Tournament at Trinity University's Calgaard Gym in San Antonio, Texas, on March 6, 2020.

SAN ANTONIO — In its two trips to the NCAA Tournament, UMHB has advanced each time.

UMHB beat Austin College 78-63 in Friday's NCAA Tournament first round at Trinity University's Calgaard Gym in San Antonio.

Tight throughout, UMHB's never saw a lead larger than 8.

After the first quarter, the Cru led 22-16 but the Kangaroos opened the second quarter out-scoring UMHB 11-4 to take a 27-26 lead.

However, UMHB responded well and took a 32-30 lead to the locker room at halftime.

In the third, the Cru began seizing control of the game, taking a 46-35 lead when Madison McCoy was called for a technical foul after drawing a foul on the Roos while bringing the ball up the court.

But, with two minutes left in the game, star senior Hannah Holt went down after making a lay-up, clutching her right knee and screaming in pain. Medical personnel had to carry her out of the arena.

The win avenges a 70-61 Cru loss to AC in Sherman on Dec. 30th. In the first meeting, UMHB was without star Kendall Rollins due to injury and sixth-man A'Lexiss Benton left the game in the first quarter with a concussion.

UMHB will now face the winner of Friday's nightcap between host Trinity and conference foe UT-Dallas. Tip time Saturday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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