While most University of Dallas students were on their way home for a relaxing Christmas break, the Lady Crusaders basketball team was on the road to San Antonio for a match against the Trinity University Lady Tigers. This contest was one of 10 total games the women’s basketball team played over the break.
After a tough 81-53 loss to Trinity on Dec. 16, the Lady Crusaders took on Southwestern University the next day. Despite a strong first-half showing, including 13 points from sophomore Christy Allen, UD lost by a final score of 81-67. Strong performances included double-doubles for both Allen and freshman Brooke Hagemann.
Returning home, the Lady Crusaders faced off against Howard Payne University on Dec. 20. The game ended in Howard Payne’s favor, 77-54. Hagemann and fellow freshman Marleyna Bustamante both notched 12 points in the loss. After Christmas, the Lady Crusaders were once again at home, playing against Schreiner University. Despite a game-high 17 points from junior Kylie Yoshimura, the Lady Crusaders fell 63-54.
The Lady Crusaders rebounded from this tough streak when they travelled to Tavernier, Fla., for the Key Largo Classic. They started off with a 64-52 win against Newbury College, with a key 18-point contribution from freshman Lauren Jumaoas. This victory put the Lady Crusaders in the championship game against Suffolk University. Strong performances from Yoshimura, who had a game-high 27 points, and freshman Emily Madden, who contributed at many key points in the game with 14 total points, led a 69-67 UD win to claim the Key Largo Classic championship.
After this triumph, the Lady Crusaders returned to conference play, facing off against four SCAC teams at home before the spring semester began. The four game homestand started with a 90-85 loss in overtime to Hendrix College, but UD quickly bounced back with a 77-65 win over Colorado College. Losses against Rhodes College (66-55) and Millsaps College (60-51) ended the Lady Crusaders’ winter-break games.
Last weekend the team was once again on the road. Despite a game high 21 points from Bustamante and a strong second-half performance, last Friday the Lady Crusaders lost a tight game by one point to Oglethorpe University, 65-64. The very next day UD faced off against Birmingham-Southern College. The game was tied at the end of the second half, but Birmingham-Southern pulled away in the second half to win by a final score of 62-55. Highlights for the Crusaders included a game-high 24 points from Yoshimura and 11 points from Allen.
This week the Lady Crusaders continue conference play with two home games. On Friday, Jan. 27, they take on Sewanee: University of the South at 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 29, they play against Centre College at 1 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Lady Crusaders basketball team in the gym!