War Hawk women end two-game skid with fifth conference win over LeTourneau
McMurry University’s women’s basketball team kept pace for the top spot in the American Southwest Conference West Division standings by knocking off LeTourneau University, 76-69, at Kimbrell Arena. The War Hawks (7-5, 5-1 ASC) remained in a tie for the divisional lead (with Mary Hardin-Baylor) with the win over the Yellowjackets (3-9, 0-5 ASC).ABILENE, Texas -
LeTourneau scored the first basket of the game, which would be the visitors’ only lead of the game. A three-point play from McM’s Sarah Doherty ignited an 11-0 run by the War Hawks. And the team never looked back from there, leading 18-9 after one quarter and 34-26 at the half. McMurry posted its largest lead – 13 points – early in the third quarter, 39-26, on a Skyler Reyna jumper.
Reyna led a smothering McM defensive assault that forced 18 turnovers, which was parlayed into 40 points for the hosts. Reyna, personally, made five to the War Hawks’ six steals as a team.
Reyna and teammate Isabel Carrion both finished the game with double-doubles to their credit. Reyna was the game’s co-leader in scoring with 20 points and pulled down a game-leading 14 rebounds, as well. She hit 7-of-12 from the floor, was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and also passed off for three assists.
Carrion matched her career high with 10 rebounds, while registering 13 points, for her second double-double of the season. She also matched her career-best mark for assists with seven.
As a team, the War Hawks rolled up a total of 22 assists on their 28 field goals made.
Doherty finished the game with 16 points and four assists, also grabbing five rebounds. Monica Jones was McM’s fourth double-digit scorer with 13 points.
London Weilert narrowly missed being the fifth player in double figures. Weilert finished with nine points, including a pair of three-point baskets.
The win snapped a two-game skid by McM, as well.
The War Hawks will get a severe test on Saturday when they host ASC East leader East Texas Baptist University (2 p.m.) at Kimbrell Arena. The Tigers are 4-0 in the ASC (10-1 overall) and own a non-conference win over McM (64-61) earlier this season in Marshall, Texas.