Emily Madden, Contributing Writer
The Dallas Tip-Off Classic opened the regular season for the Lady Crusaders basketball team this past weekend as it took on the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and East Texas Baptist University.
In the game against NYU-Polytechnic, sophomore Christy Allen scored 16 of a career-high 27 points in the first half, bringing the Crusaders to 48-19 at halftime. NYU-Poly managed to cut the deficit to 11 points within two minutes of the game, but University of Dallas finished the game with a 15-point victory, 79-64. Dallas out-rebounded NYU 59-32 (25 offensive) and scored 58 of its points in the paint. Senior Kylie Yoshimura and sophomore Brooke Hagemann each notched 14 points.
Going into their second game with one victory under their belts, the Crusaders took on the ETBU Tigers. Without a history of any victories over ETBU and a tough loss to the team last year, the Crusaders battled for more than a 2-0 record. Defensively, the Crusaders managed to shut the Tigers down in the first half, only giving up 26 points and taking a 7-point lead by half time.
Outscoring the Lady Crusaders by 15 points in the second half, ETBU defeated UD 66-58. Sophomore Emily Madden led the Crusaders in scoring, with 15 points and six rebounds in her 32 minutes of playing time. Hagemann contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.
The Crusaders will travel to Claremont, California over Thanksgiving break to play two games in the David Wells Classic. They will take on Dallas Christian College at home on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.