Emily Madden, Contributing Writer
Over Thanksgiving break, the University of Dallas Lady Crusaders traveled to Orange County, CA, to play in the David Wells Classic. Taking on one of the host teams, Pomona-Pitzer College, in their first game, the Crusaders found themselves behind 27-21 at halftime. Converting 50 percent of their shots (17-34) in the second half, Dallas earned an eight-point lead with 10:56 left in the game. Tied 58-58 with 3:40 remaining, Dallas took a 9-4 jump to notch a victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, with a final sore of 67-62. Sophomore guard Christina Kurt tallied 16 points in 26 minutes of playing time, while junior post Christy Allen had 13 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes.
Advancing in the tournament to play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College, the Crusaders found themselves in trouble in the first half, shooting a low 6-33 from the field, a total field goal percentage of 18.2 percent. Ironically, the Crusaders were behind 27-21 at halftime, the same score as the night before. Dallas separated itself from its opponent at the free throw line, shooting 18-23 compared to Claremont’s 9-17. Dallas defeated Claremont, 59-55.
Senior guard Kylie Yoshimura, a California native, became UD’s all-time career assist leader in the Claremont game. Playing in front of her family, she also scored a game-high 17 points and had six assists in 37 minutes of playing time.
The team returned to Texas for back-to-back home games. Freshman guard Ayanna Allen had a game-high 14 points to lead the Crusaders to an 81-39 victory over Southwestern Adventist University last Tuesday evening. Dallas led at halftime, 43-14, and had five individuals who scored double figures. Dallas forced 35 turnovers overall.
Wednesday evening, the Crusaders defeated Dallas Christian College to boost their winning streak to four games heading into conference play. Yoshimura led the team with 15 points and eight assists. Dallas led at halftime 47-21, shot 41% in the game and held their opponents to a low 14-57 (24.6 percent) from the field. Dallas forced 28 turnovers in a 82-42 victory.
The Lady Crusaders host Centenary College of Louisiana on Saturday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Dec. 17 with tip-offs at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.