Evangel Crusaders (1-4, 0-0) vs. Central Methodist Eagles (8-0, 0-0)
Game #6 / HAAC Game #1 – Springfield, Mo.
Thur., Nov. 29 – 5:30 p.m. – Ashcroft Center (1,200)
Crusaders open conference play: The Evangel women’s basketball team opens Heart of America conference play Thursday when they take on Central Methodist.
The Crusaders are 1-4 having played two exhibition games over the Thanksgiving holiday. Evangel lost to Pittsburg St. 68-40 on Friday of last week in the Missouri Southern Classic. The Gorillas are ranked #3 in NCAA-II. The next night, Evangel lost to host Missouri Southern 66-58. Evangel’s win came in their last regular season game with a 59-56 win over John Brown (Ark.).
Central Methodist is unbeaten at 8-0. The Eagles, when went 17-13 overall last season, finished third in the HAAC with a 13-5 mark, their best finish in more than 10 years. Central Methodist is coming off of a 50-48 win at Chicago State (NCAA-I).
The Eagles won both meetings against Evangel last year including a 73-63 win at the Ashcroft Center on Feb. 2.
Evangel: Leon Neal (18th year, 381-212)
Central Methodist: James Arnold (2nd year, 25-13)
Evangel lost at Missouri Southern 66-58, exhib. (Nov. 24)
Central Methodist: won at Chicago St. 50-48 (Mon.)
All-Time Series: Evangel 49-24
2011-12 Series: Central Methodist 2-0
Dec. 1, 2011 – CMU 60 EU 56 at Central Methodist
Feb. 2, 2012 – CMU 73 EU 63 at Evangel