Over the weekend, the University of Dallas Lady Crusaders split two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) games to make their conference record 2-9 (6-13 overall).
The Lady Crusaders took on Sewanee: University of the South (Tenn., 2-8 SCAC), an eastern SCAC team, at the Maher Athletic Center on Friday night.
At the half, the Crusaders led by six with a score of 35-29, shooting 13-36 (36.1 percent) from the field and going 5-11 (45.5 percent) from the three-point line, while Sewanee struggled from distance, shooting 4-15 (26.7 percent).
At the start of the second half, the Crusaders jumped to an 11-0 run over the Lady Tigers. The Lady Crusaders never trailed the Tigers throughout the entire game and managed to jump to a 19-point lead with 16:29 remaining. Sewanee cut the lead to 59-52 with just under six minutes remaining in the half, but the Crusaders managed to pull away, sinking 11-15 free throws in the half.
To complete the game, the Lady Crusaders shot a strong 12-25 (48 percent) from the field compared to Sewanee’s 17-26 (65.4 percent). Breaking their four-game losing streak, the Crusaders pulled out the conference win by a score of 73-66, led by freshman Brooke Hagemann.
Hagemann totaled 27 points, going 11-19 from the field and 4-4 from the free-throw line. Along with her career-high scoring, the freshman busted out 11 rebounds, five steals and two assists. Junior Kylie Yoshimura contributed 17 points, six assists and one steal in her 39 minutes of playing time.
With a win under their belt, the Crusaders hosted the number-one ranked team in the SCAC on Sunday afternoon at the Maher Athletic Center. Centre College (Ky.) came into the game with a record of 11-0 in the SCAC and 17-1 overall.
Although Centre leads the SCAC in points per game, the Lady Crusaders kept them under control in the first half, allowing them to score a mere 25 points. At the half, Dallas trailed 25-16.
Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they couldn’t continue the defensive pressure in the second half and gave up 33 points.
However, the Lady Crusaders nearly matched Center’s second-half offense, putting up 32 points. Centre ended up defeating the Crusaders, 58-48. The Crusaders shot 10-29 from the field (29.8 percent) and went 3-10 from behind the arc with two three-pointers from Yoshimura and one from freshman Marleyna Bustamante.
Throughout the game, the Crusaders missed ten free throws, shooting 50 percent (10-20) from behind the charity stripe. Bustamante led with 19 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. Yoshimura trailed with 16 points, five assists and five rebounds.
The Crusaders travel to Arkansas this Friday to take on Hendrix College for the second time. On Sunday, they will then head to Colorado to fight for a victory over Colorado College.
The next home game for the Crusaders is Wednesday, Feb. 8, against Dallas Christian College with tip-off at 5:30 p.m.