As the season dwindles down, the University of Dallas Lady Crusaders made one of their last road trips of the season – to Conway, Arkansas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado – to play Hendrix College and Colorado College, respectively.
On Friday, Feb. 3, the Crusaders battled with Hendrix in a close match-up game, the Crusaders having lost to them earlier in regular SCAC play. The game was scoreless until the 17:51 mark, when junior guard Kylie Yoshimura went 1-1 from the free-throw line. The score was tied twice throughout the entire half, with the only lead change coming just before the five-minute mark in the half, when the game was 14-13. Freshman guard Jordon Baker hit a jumper with 2:02 remaining to tie the game 22-22; the game stayed tied, 24-24, at the half.
In the first half alone, both Dallas and Hendrix scored six points in the paint and six points off of turnovers. The Crusaders gave up nine second-chance points but managed to fight back with five points on fast breaks.
Hendrix was the first to score coming out of the half with a layup by Avery Roller. Dallas found themselves facing a five-point deficit with 11 minutes to go in the half, when Yoshimura hit a three-pointer to keep them in the game. When the game was tied 46-46 with 4:47 remaining in regulation, Hendrix began to slip away from the Crusaders, leaving them down sven points with 39 seconds left. With two three-point plays from Yoshimura and freshman guard Lauren Jumaoas, the lead was cut to two with 19 seconds to play. After Baker committed a foul, Hendrix College player Anna Roane went 1-1 from the charity stripe, putting her team up by three with seven seconds remaining. Yoshimura attempted a three-point shot but was fouled by Hendrix player Samantha Devlin.
Yoshimura sunk all three free throws to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Crusaders were first to score. In fact, Dallas was able to hold Hendrix to only three points in the five-minute overtime period, while they scored 14 points. Dallas defeated Hendrix by a final score of 71-60.
After the tough road victory, the Crusaders traveled to Colorado College for a Sunday match-up against the leading team in the Western part of the SCAC. Having defeated Colorado College in Dallas earlier this season, the Crusaders were looking for another win to put them on a three-game winning streak.
UD got off to a rough start on both ends of the court, shooting 9-42 (21.4 percent) from the field and allowing Colorado to shoot 15-28 (53.6 percent) in the first half. In the last minutes of the first half, the Crusaders managed to cut the deficit to 12, trailing the Tigers 36-24 at the half.
The struggle remained steady in the second half as Colorado College jumped to an 18-3 run to begin the second portion of the game. The Crusaders managed to increase their shooting percentage to 27.8 percent but were not able to out-score Colorado. The Crusaders were defeated 85-53.
Yoshimura led the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points in her 25 minutes of playing time. Freshman guard Marleyna Bustamante followed with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes of playing time.
The Crusaders will take on Dallas Christian College for the second time this year at the Maher Athletic Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with tip-off at 5:30 p.m.