The Lady Crusaders fell to Trinity University on Friday Jan. 22 by a score of 82-36. The team had been on a three-game winning streak, including back-to-back conference wins last weekend over Colorado College and Centenary College. After a rough start to conference play — the Crusaders dropped their first three games by an average of over 27 points — they seemed to get back on track last weekend with 20 point wins over both Colorado and Centenary.
Trinity came into the game ranked 25th in the nation with a 4-1 record in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The Crusaders shot just 23.3% from the floor and committed 27 turnovers compared to 11 assists.
“There wasn’t anything good about it,” Head Coach Greta Grothe said.
Junior Lindsey Gendron led the Crusaders with 11 points, their only double-digit scorer. Gendron went 3 for 6 from the 3-point line.
Sophomore Michelle DeCoud came one point away from a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down 10 rebounds; though most of the efforts came in the first half where she had 7 points and 8 boards.
Dallas trailed 23-15 after the first quarter, a relatively close margin, but things really fell apart in the second quarter, when Trinity outscored the Crusaders 20-4, and Dallas shot just 2 of 18 from the field.
There was a scary moment towards the end of the first half when junior point guard Sammi Tso went down with a knee injury. Tso is averaging 9 points a game and is one of the team’s best three point shooters. Though she is shooting under 30% from 3-point range so far this season, she led the SCAC with an unreal 43.4% clip a year ago. Her injury status is to be determined.
“We came in with a game plan, and they took us out of it from the jump,” Grothe said. “I thought we had a good first quarter, and once Sammi went down everything went downhill.”