HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's golf team climbed from a five-stroke hole on the final day and the Cru women held on to win the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament and clinch a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships Tuesday afternoon in Horseshoe Bay.

The Cru women posted a 329-324 - 653 team total and won the conference championship by five strokes against McMurry University's 337-321 -- 658. Defending ASC champion Schreiner finished in third place with a 332-336 -- 668, U.T.-Tyler finished fourth with a 340-330 -- 670 and LeTourneau rounded out the top five with 341-335 -- 676.

The Cru was led individually by freshman Rachel VanHoozer. VanHoozer posted an 80-80 -- 160 and tied for third place with McMurry University's Monica Harris (83-77 -- 160).

Cru head coach Darla Kirby also won ASC Women's Golf Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time in her career.

Williams is the only senior on the Cru roster and the other four players are freshmen. “We are very excited because it has been a long time coming,” Kirby said. “I am so happy to be going back to the national tournament in Allison's senior year and to have those four freshmen step up the way they did is really exciting.”

The ASC title is the eighth overall for the UMHB women and their first since winning the 2006 championship. The Cru also claims the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. This is the first automatic bid in the Cru women's golf history. The ASC did not receive an automatic bid until 2007.