This past weekend, the University of Dallas women’s basketball team concluded its season with two home games against SCAC rivals Trinity University and Southwestern University.
On Friday, February 17, UD battled against the Trinity Tigers, who were 7-8 in the SCAC coming into the match-up. In the first half, the Lady Crusaders shot a solid 40 percent (14-35) from the field and held the Tigers to a close 39.5 percent (15-38). Dallas had a two-point lead over Trinity going into the locker-room, leading the Tigers 39-37.
Heading into the game, UD had to defeat the Tigers in order to hold onto a chance of getting into the post-season tournament.
Coming out strong in the second half, Dallas held the Tigers to a low 35.5 percent shooting percentage and broke apart their defense, shooting 56 percent from the field (14-25). UD defeated Trinity, 84-77.
For the night, Dallas totaled 19 turnovers, 14 steals, seven blocks and managed 38 rebounds. UD was led by junior guard Kylie Yoshimura who managed to tally 33 points, seven assists and three steals in her 34 minutes of playing time.
Also contributing big numbers were freshman Lauran Jumao-as with 11 points, freshman guard Marleyna Bustamante with 10 points, freshman guard Jordon Baker with 10 points and freshman forward Brooke Hagemann with nine points. Sophomore post Christy Allen contributed nine points as well.
With the win over Trinity, Dallas moved to a record of 4-11 in the SCAC and 10-15 on the year while also holding on to the opportunity of advancing to the SCAC tournament.
On Saturday, UD faced Southwestern University in the last game of the regular season. Saturday was also senior night for the Lady Crusaders, who honored the only senior on the team: guard Christina Rampellini.
After a tough loss to Southwestern earlier in the season (77-39), UD was looking for redemption. This time around the entire game was a battle, and at the half UD led Southwestern by a point, 35-34.
But Southwestern managed to outscore Dallas 41-33 in the second half, defeating UD 75-68 in regulation.
Dallas shot 36.1 percent (22-61) from the field on the night and held Southwestern to 40.7 percent. Dallas struggled from the free-throw line in the second half, shooting 13-21 from the charity stripe (61.9 percent).
For the first time against a SCAC team, UD out-rebounded Southwestern 47-43, led by freshman center Kelly Darling with 10 rebounds. Hagemann pulled down nine boards in her 33 minutes of playing time. Hagemann also led the Crusaders in scoring, totaling 17 points, two assists, and three steals. Bustamante contributed 16 points, three steals and five rebounds.
Because of their loss to Southwestern, Dallas did not qualify for the post-season tournament, which will take place at Birmingham-Southern (Alabama) February 23-25.
The Lady Crusaders finished the season 9-16 overall and 4-12 in conference play, with two of their losses coming in overtime. Dallas was picked last in the pre-season votes.
The University of Dallas Women’s basketball looks forward to facing the 2012-2013 season with many returning players.