The University of Dallas Lady Crusaders travelled to Kerrville, Texas, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in order to take on the Schreiner University Mountaineers in their season opener.
The Mountaineers were the first to hit the scoreboard after 5’6” freshman guard Lauren Jumaoas committed a foul. On the offensive end, the Crusaders answered back with a three-pointer by Jumaoas with 19:17 on the clock. The Crusaders fought for a stop on the defensive end with a rebound by 5’4” junior Kylie Yoshimura, who then took the lead to four with a three-point shot, with an assist from freshman Marleyna Bustamante.
The Lady Crusaders kept the lead until Schreiner pulled ahead 15-14 at the 11:06 mark. After this point, the Crusaders only saw the lead one more time before halftime, entering the locker-room trailing Schreiner 39-36.
Starting the second half, Schreiner was the first to score after the Lady Crusaders committed back-to-back turnovers. The Mountaineers were able to stay ahead until the 13:56 mark when a jump shot from sophomore Christy Allen gave the Lady Crusaders the lead.
The lead changed three more times throughout the half, until the Lady Crusaders began to pull ahead 59-54 with 2:55 remaining on the clock. With 45 seconds on the clock, Schreiner post Olivia Swarner completed a three-point play to tie the game at 56-56, sending the game into overtime.
Three seconds into play, Schreiner took the lead with a jumper by Chelsea Sims. The Lady Crusaders were able to cut it to a one-point ballgame numerous times until a free-throw by Yoshimura tied the game at 68 with 1:24 remaining. In the end, Schreiner pulled out a home-court victory with a score of 77-72.
Despite the loss, head coach Jina Johansen seemed pleased with how the game went overall.
“With this being our first game,” Johansen said, “I was pleased with some things we did on the offensive end, but I was equally disappointed with how we played on the defensive end and also with how we finished the game.”
Johansen continued, “We were up by seven with three minutes left, and we just did not show enough toughness to get the road win. We are young and undersized, but we still have to find ways to win games, especially the close ones.”
On the offensive end, the Lady Crusaders only committed a total of 14 turnovers, and Johansen said that the girls “executed well for our first game.” Going into the next game, Johansen would like to see improvement in areas of shot selection and offensive rebounding.
“Defensively,” Johansen stated, “we had a hard time guarding the basketball and were also in the help rotation a lot more because of that. We allowed Schreiner to shoot a total of 46 percent from the field, which is way too high for any team to be able to beat.”
The Crusaders have a total of eight days to regroup for their next game, which will be against Eastern Texas Baptist University (ETBU).
“Looking into our next game, it will be another tough road test for us,” said Johansen. “In order for us to have a chance to win, we need to bring a certain level of toughness with us and just overall defend the ball better.”
The Lady Crusaders travel to ETBU on Wednesday, Nov. 23, with tip-off at 1 p.m.