Crusaders drop third straight in nail-biter

Rory MacCallum, Contributing Writer

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Sophomore forward Michelle DeCoud muscles past a Colorado player at their home game a couple weeks ago. University of Dallas photo.

Despite leading for much of the game, the University of Dallas women’s basketball team lost to Colorado College Friday night by a one-point margin. This was the third straight loss for the Crusaders after a stretch when they won five of six games. Earlier this year, when the two teams met at the Maher Athletic Center, it was the Crusaders cruising to a 23-point victory.

“It was a hard loss for the team,” junior guard Holly Tonry said. “We fought hard, but they hit quite a few threes within the last couple of minutes that we were unable to fully recover from.”

After trailing by three at the end of the first quarter, the Crusaders began the second quarter on an 8-2 run, carried a 36-31 lead into halftime and maintained a 52-48 lead heading into the final quarter. The Tigers tied the game at 61 with less than five minutes remaining and then took a two-point lead on the following possession that they would not relinquish.

With 28 seconds left in the game, sophomore forward Michelle DeCoud got a big steal for the Crusaders who were trailing by one. It was a homecoming for DeCoud, a native of Monument, Colo. DeCoud, who hit a game-winning shot in the final seconds two weeks ago, attempted to repeat her earlier heroics, but her shot did not fall.

“It came down to a last-second shot for the win, but we couldn’t finish it,” Tonry said.

While Tonry led the team with 18 points, the Crusaders also got their typical inside scoring from DeCoud and junior forward Seana Stoia. Stoia dropped 16 points while DeCoud added 11, but despite this they were still outscored in the paint by the Tigers.

The Crusaders’ next home game against Texas Lutheran University, a conference opponent, will take place Feb.12 at 8:00 p.m.

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