Holly Tonry, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas women’s basketball team beat the Centenary College of Louisiana last Friday night at the Gold Dome in Shreveport, Louisiana. In the first half of play, Centenary showed that it would not back down by matching the Lady Crusaders shot for shot. But a few clutch plays by the blue and white in the last seconds of the first half put the Lady Crusaders on top 36-33.
In the second half, UD came out swinging as it continued to increase its lead on Centenary. UD extended its lead to double figures, grabbing a 58-48 advantage with 2:49 left before reaching its largest lead at 60-49 with 1:41 of the game remaining. The Lady Crusaders went on to beat Centenary 63-55.
Brooke Hagemann paced the Crusaders with 14 points, with 11 coming from Christy Allen. Hagemann and Allen also grabbed eight rebounds each to lead the blue and white. UD improves to a record of 12-11 and 4-8 in the Southern College Athletic Conference (SCAC). UD shot 39.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line.
The Lady Crusaders traveled to Sherman, Texas on Saturday night to take on the Lady ‘Roos in another SCAC match, and Austin College emerged the victor.
UD started off well by putting the Lady ‘Roos in an 11-point deficit by the end of the first half. Austin College came out strong in the second half and cut down the Lady Crusader lead. With five minutes left in the second half, the Lady ‘Roos took the lead. The Crusaders pulled to within one point of the ‘Roos off a pair of free throws with 1:01 left, but the ‘Roos got a 3-point play and held on for a four-point victory. In another close and exciting finish, the Lady ‘Roos defeated the Lady Crusaders 58-54.
The Lady Crusaders out-rebounded the ‘Roos 37-32. Marleyna Bustamante led all scorers with 18 points and added seven rebounds and three assists for UD. Allen finished with 11 points and nine boards in the loss. UD fell to a record of 12-12 and 4-9 in the SCAC.
Next week, UD travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on the Colorado College Tigers. This will be the final SCAC conference game for the Lady Crusaders before the SCAC Championship Tournament at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.