On Wednesday, the University of Dallas Lady Crusaders hosted the Dallas Christian Crusaders in the second match-up of the year between the two teams. UD traveled to DCC earlier in the season, defeating them on their home court 82-66.
During one of the last home games of the year, UD came out strong in the first half, shooting 15-35 (42.9 percent) from the field. This offensive surge was led by freshman guard Jordon Baker, who totaled 20 points in the first 20 minutes of regulation. On the defensive end, UD managed to hold DCC to a mere 30.4 percent shooting at the half. Going into the locker room, DCC trailed 43-23.
Finishing off the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from behind the arc, the Lady Crusaders defeated DCC 76-51 to put their overall season record at 8-14. The Crusaders were led by Baker, who finished the game with a career-high 34 points, shooting 9-13 from the three-point line and 3-4 from the charity stripe. Baker tallied nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in her 34 minutes of playing time. On the night, Baker, along with other freshmen guards Brooke Hagemann, Lauren Jumao-as and Emily Madden, broke the record for the number of three-pointers made in a game with 14.
Saturday found the Lady Crusaders traveling to SCAC rival Austin College for a double-header match-up with the men’s team. UD played Austin College in their SCAC debut earlier in the season, losing to AC 74-63 at home. This time around, Dallas shot a low 26.7 percent from the field (8-30) in the first half and allowed Austin to shoot 12-24. For Austin, guard Angeleena Young went 7-12 from the three-point line for a total of 23 points on the night, with 18 of those coming in the first half. The Lady Crusaders trailed by 10 going into the half. In the second half, UD was outscored by two points, 34-32, and was defeated by Austin by the final score of 70-58. Junior guard Kylie Yoshimura led for UD, contributing 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds in her 39 minutes of play, while Hagemann totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals in 28 minutes of playing time. With this SCAC loss, the Lady Crusaders’ season record dropped to 8-15 overall and 3-12 in the SCAC. Austin, which is now 3-11 in the SCAC, boasts victories in both games against UD, as well as a recent victory over Hendrix College.
As the Crusaders continue to battle for a spot in the SCAC tournament, which will be held Feb. 23-25 in Birmingham, Ala., they will need to win the last two games of the season against Southwestern University and Trinity University, both teams that have defeated UD earlier in the season. The Crusaders host both games this weekend at the Maher Athletic Center. Tip-off against Trinity is Friday at 6 a.m. and against Southwestern Saturday at 6 p.m.