Holly Tonry, Contributing Writer
Despite its loss last weekend to LeTourneau University, the University of Dallas women’s basketball team came out strong last Saturday, Nov. 23, against the University of the Ozarks (U of O) at Austin College.
After a long week of practice and a solid warm-up before the game, the Lady Crusaders were ready to take on the Lady Eagles. Throughout the game, the Lady Crusaders showcased their growing ability to work as a team.
With the same starting five as last game – juniors Brooke Hagemann, Marleyana Bustamante and Emily Madden, senior Christy Allen and freshman Holly Tonry – the team came out with a resilient defense and an aggressive offense.
The bench also contributed to the solid play. With laudable effort, freshman Sammi Tso made some great assists, and freshman Seana Stoia contributed valuable rebounds. The team as a whole snagged rebounds, made shots and finished critical steals at an encouraging rate.
Though they played as a team, the ladies had only a 30% shooting average, compared to the Lady Eagles’ 43%, which led to a five-point deficit at halftime. The Lady Crusaders were a little shaky leaving the court, but after a halftime pump-up, they fought back, leaving the U of O scoreless for 10 minutes straight. The Lady Eagles tried to make a run by pressing the Lady Crusaders, but the University of Dallas’ offense could not be stopped.
Toward the end of the game, the Lady Crusaders played even more enthusiastically, and their lockdown defense contributed to an overall victory.
Among the weekend’s all-star players was Hagemann, who pulled down an astonishing 12 rebounds and scored 19 points, giving her a double-double. Three Lady Crusaders reached double-digits, including Hagemann, who led the team with 19 points, followed by Allen with 14 points and Tonry with 12 points.
While the game was an achievement for the team, the Lady Crusaders still have much to learn. Their next game will be played at home Dec. 3 against Dallas Christian College, a formidable rival. Come out and cheer the women on to another win!