A tale of two second halves

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The University of Dallas women’s basketball team went on the road to Chicago to face Illinois Tech and Concordia-Chicago this past weekend, winning the first game and losing the second.

The Crusaders first took on Illinois Tech on Saturday, using a big second half to defeat the Scarlet Hawks 70-42.

UD started the game on a 7-0 run and led 32-24 at halftime. The Lady Crusaders then exploded for a 20-point second half edge, led by senior Michelle DeCoud’s ten second half points and senior Helen Onyenso’s nine.

DeCoud posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Onyenso finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jules Oliveti had eight points and ten rebounds.

“We played as a team and each did our part in running, rebounding, scoring or whatever it was that was our role,” Onyenso said. “We were able to play our game the way we play.”

The Crusaders played strong defensively, holding the Scarlet Hawks to 23 percent shooting accuracy. They were also strong inside, out-rebounding Illinois Tech 56-38 and outscoring them in the paint 48-12.

On Sunday, the Crusaders faced an undefeated Concordia team. After hanging tough for the first half, the team fell apart in the second half, and turned a 34-28 halftime deficit into a 79-55 loss.

“In the second half we gave up and the effort and hustle wasn’t fully there and we found ourselves getting out hustled and out worked,” Onyenso said.

Onyenso had a career-high 15 points with ten of them coming in the first quarter. DeCoud was dominant inside again with 18 points and 15 rebounds on 10 of 11 shooting. The team turned it over 29 times, however, and Concordia showed off their depth with 44 bench points.

“We did our job yesterday, and we should’ve had the game today,” DeCoud said of the weekend. “We need to learn how to show up and compete in every game.”

The Crusaders now stand at 2-2 in their young season. They continue with home games Thursday, Nov. 30 against University of the Ozarks at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 2 against future conference foe Johnson & Whales at 1 p.m.

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