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It will be a game between two Top 10 teams and conference rivals when the No. 2 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosts No. 7 Hardin-Simmons University Saturday at Crusader Stadium with kickoff set for noon. The game is the opening game of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Crusaders (10-0, 9-0 American Southwest Conference) played the Cowboys (9-1, 8-1 ASC) on Oct. 6 this year, with the Cru winning, 26-0. Despite the familiarity of the two teams, UMHB head coach Pete Fredenberg doesn’t believe his team can be complacent.

“We have to learn from that first game because we certainly can’t just rely on doing the same things we did in that game,” he said. “Our players have to be better and our coaches have to be better because no one is promised another game at this point of the season.”

This game marks the fifth time the two teams played each other in the first round of the playoffs, and it is the fifth overall playoff meeting between the two. To date, UMHB is 4-0 against HSU in the playoffs. The teams played each other in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2015.

Last year’s Crusaders advanced to the final game, falling to the University of Mount Union, 12-0, in the 2017 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. The Cru won it all in 2016, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 10-7. This year’s team is averaging 62.3 points per game, while only allowing 6.4 points per game to their opponents. The Cowboys are currently averaging 52.2 points per game, and holding opponents to 20.6 points per game.

Highlanders dominate Strength N’ Motion

It was déjà vu all over again as McLennan Community College Highlander basketball took on Strength N’ Motion for the second time this season, with a similar result. MCC won again, this time 92-43, Friday at the Western Texas Classic in Snyder.

The game was never really in doubt, with the Highlanders (8-1) leading at the half, 25-18. MCC was led by Mike Adewunmi with 18 points and Garrett Shaw with 13.

The team will play Western Texas at 5 p.m. Saturday, in another rematch of a game won earlier by MCC. That game, played Nov. 3 in Waco, ended 90-66.

Highlassies defeat Southwest Texas

BEEVILLE – Annya Moss had 14 points and Anastacia Mickens scored 12 as the McLennan Community College women’s basketball team defeated Southwest Texas Cowgirls, 84-49, Friday at the Coastal Bend Classic. The Highlassies had defeated Kilgore College, 76-65, Thursday in the opening game.

MCC (6-1) built a 44-27 lead at halftime, and doubled the Cowgirls’ points, 44-22, in the second half.

The Lassies play Palo Alto at 5 p.m. Saturday in the team’s final game of the tournament.

Powerlifting event slated for Saturday

Lacy-Lakeview will host the Heart of Steel Powerlifting Competition, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the City of Lacy-Lakeview Center (505 E. Craven Avenue).

Admission is $5 per person.

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